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Law in Popular Culture

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Weekly Briefs: Texas abortion clinics return to SCOTUS; law prof known for critical race theory work wins award

Texas abortion clinics seek SCOTUS review

Abortion providers in Texas asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to consider whether their lawsuit challenging the state’s restrictive law can go forward.…

Can Brazilian jiujitsu curb police violence? HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ takes a look

People in high-pressure occupations often find themselves in dangerous situations. Sometimes that danger rears its head via emotional exhaustion, mental health issues or physical outbursts of aggression. When individuals spend…

Lawyer is charged with disorderly conduct after walking the beach wearing movie serial killer costume

A Galveston, Texas, attorney was charged with disorderly conduct Monday for walking the beach while dressed as movie serial killer Michael Myers from the Halloween film series.

Justice Barrett wants to dispel notion that Supreme Court is made up of ‘partisan hacks’

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett said Sunday the justices are guided by judicial philosophies, rather than political views, but the public might not see it that way.

‘Framing Britney Spears’ examines the singer’s conservatorship

Social media is a blessing and a curse. We are at a point in human civilization where it’s never been easier to communicate with each other. Whether via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or any other platform, we have reached a position in our society where it arguably takes little to no effort to correspond with loved ones, those we despise and everything in between.

A tale of love, loss and conservatorships in the Golden Age of Hollywood

Britney Spears' legal battle over the conservatorship that put her under the control of her father brought international attention to the conservatorship system. But many other rich and famous people have—appropriately or not—also found themselves in the grips of a system that is much more easy to enter than to leave.

Weekly Briefs: First Black woman to clerk at SCOTUS dies; judge allows Dominion defamation suits

Trailblazing lawyer Karen Hastie Williams dies at 76

Lawyer Karen Hastie Williams died last month at age 76. She was the first Black woman to clerk at the U.S. Supreme…

Stoicism and the legal profession: Refraining from being quarrelsome

I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in philosophy, focusing on the East Asian and ancient varieties. I loved my course studies, and I’ve stayed engaged in the art of self-examination, to a certain degree, ever since.

Law student who sees ‘healing and beauty’ in writing wins ABA Journal’s 2021 Ross essay contest for legal fiction

A law student in Tennessee is the winner of the 2021 ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction.

Use of racketeering statute against singer R. Kelly, whose trial starts this week, may be ‘uncharted territory’

The 2019 indictment against singer R. Kelly shows the flexibility of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, according to G. Robert Blakey, the emeritus professor at the University of Notre Dame’s law school who helped draft the law.

Law & Order’s prime-time formula shaped a generation’s understanding of the legal system

During its original broadcast run from 1990 until 2010, Law & Order became a cultural phenomenon. With an emphasis on procedure as the primary plot device and less reliance on exploring characters’ personal lives or relationships, the success of the show spawned numerous similar shows and spin-offs while inspiring countless fans to go to law school or pursue careers in law enforcement.

This New York attorney uses TikTok to shed light on lawyer life

Unhappy young lawyers often share a common lament: “If only I’d known what being a lawyer was really like.” It’s easy to understand the disconnect. After all, TV shows, movies and the media focus primarily on the endgame—the trial, the closing, the conviction. There’s rarely much about the day-to-day legal work leading up to that big moment—assuming there is one at all. Cecillia X. Xie is out to change that.

Weekly Briefs: Fewer than half of Americans approve of SCOTUS; ex-judge denies raping secretary

Supreme Court approval rating hits 4-year low

Only 49% of Americans approve of the way the U.S. Supreme Court is handling its job, according to a July poll by Gallup.…

‘Making a Murderer’ subject Steven Avery loses appellate bid for new-trial hearing; his lawyer is undeterred

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected a request for a hearing in a new-trial bid by Steven Avery, whose case was portrayed in the Making a Murderer Netflix series.

ABC’s ‘Emergency Call’ offers a look at dispatchers in the line of duty

Emergency Call spotlights a crucial aspect of our country’s response system. Dispatchers are the first line of communication with those who are seeking emergency assistance for various matters.”

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