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Law in Popular Culture

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Read the 2022 winner of the Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction: ‘Dope Fiend’

Editor's Note: The following short story by Frank H. Toub, a 3L at Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, Tennessee, was the 2022 winner of the ABA Journal's annual Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction.

2022 Gifts for Lawyers Guide: 13 ideas to kick off shopping this Black Friday and Cyber Monday (photo gallery)

It’s always a smart idea to begin the holiday shopping earlier than later. If you are searching for a great gift for the legal professional in your life, look no further! The ABA Journal presents our 2022 Gifts for Lawyers Guide.

Lawyer can see Billy Joel but not Knicks at Madison Square Garden as result of judge’s ruling

Updated: The Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. can ban a lawyer from buying tickets to New York Knicks or New York Rangers games following his lawsuit against the venue. But it has to honor any valid ticket that he presents for concerts at that location or for any shows at related venues, a New York judge has ruled.

The legal dilemma of ‘The Wizard of Oz’

“I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!” One of my favorite movies is The Wizard of Oz. I rewatched the film recently, and this time, I focused on a scene with great legal significance.

Federal appeals judge complains about ‘show-off’ opinions

A federal appeals judge told Harvard Law School students Wednesday that judges should focus on writing opinions that “ordinary citizens can understand.”

These law firms are shunning Kanye West; one says end to representation wasn’t a firing

Updated: Several law firms are dropping, shunning or no longer representing rapper Kanye West, now known as Ye, following his antisemitic remarks. Ye caused a stir when he tweeted that he wants to go “death con 3 on Jewish people.”

Lawyer with autism explores Netflix series ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’

I am almost always hesitant to watch stories about autism on TV. I find them extremely stressful because neurotypical creators and actors have a way of consistently “getting it wrong”: focusing on young boys; emphasizing traits in a way that feels like someone is checking them off from a list rather than fleshing out a whole human character; and almost consciously hitting upon every single stereotype.

Astros cheat, lawyers prosper and fans strike out in sign-stealing scandal

On Friday night, the Houston Astros will go to bat against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of baseball’s Fall Classic. For many, this will call back Major League Baseball’s finding in 2020 that the Astros engaged in illegal sign-stealing during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

This Justice Ginsburg tribute is the size of a postage stamp

The U.S. Postal Service will be releasing a stamp in 2023 featuring an oil painting of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

A Credit to the Genre: ‘Serial’ and the case of Adnan Syed

Back in 2019, I wrote an installment for this column discussing whether true-crime documentaries can do more harm than good for the criminal justice system. In that piece, I focused squarely on the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer. I spoke with a reporter who had covered the trial and received his feedback regarding what was actually included in the series and what was left out. I referred to that editorial practice as the “CliffsNotes version.”

Author and lawyer Scott Turow made generational leap for new legal thriller

Author and lawyer Scott Turow’s latest legal thriller Suspect reintroduces readers to Clarice “Pinky” Granum, the granddaughter of attorney Sandy Stern—a character from the author's novels The Last Trial and his blockbuster debut Presumed Innocent.

Charges are dropped against Adnan Syed of ‘Serial’ podcast fame after further DNA tests

Updated: Additional DNA testing has led prosecutors to drop charges against Adnan Syed, whose murder case was featured on the Serial podcast, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Tuesday.

Supreme Court will consider whether Andy Warhol’s Prince paintings violate copyright law

A copyright case going before the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 12 encompasses the avant-garde pop art of Andy Warhol, the musical genius and personal vulnerability of the performer Prince and the rarefied worlds of rock photography and glossy magazines.

Claiming to have 4.3 trillion readers, the Onion supports parodist and its writers’ paychecks in SCOTUS brief

Updated: The satirical website the Onion deems itself to be “the single most powerful and influential organization in human history” in an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of an Ohio man who was prosecuted for creating a parody Facebook page for the local police department.

California adopts criminal justice reforms in bills signed by governor

Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed several criminal justice reform bills into law ahead of a midnight deadline Friday.

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