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Can the true-crime genre help attorneys with their jury trials?

It’s good to be back. After my usual holiday break, I now find myself staring straight into the eyes of my fifth full year writing this column for the ABA Journal. It has been a privilege and an honor to have such a far-reaching platform for my thoughts on law and pop culture, and I look forward to continuing the content.

Judge disparaged lawyer, apparently unaware of livestream: ‘Can you imagine waking up next to her every day?’

Updated: A high-profile criminal defense lawyer plans to file an ethics complaint against a Chicago judge who disparaged her last week during a livestreamed video.

Disbarment recommended for Tom Girardi, lawyer whose law firm was portrayed in ‘Erin Brockovich’ movie

A California bar court judge has recommended the disbarment of lawyer Tom Girardi, whose estranged wife is Erika Girardi of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reality TV show.

Lawyer denies trying to get TV station to cover his personal movie in exchange for interview

An Alabama lawyer has withdrawn from a Huntsville, Alabama, murder case after a local TV station alleged that he offered an interview about the case in exchange for coverage of his personal movie.

Judge Judy creates women’s scholarship program at New York Law School

Judge Judy Sheindlin has established an annual program that will grant 10 women full-tuition scholarships to New York Law School.

Judge gives ‘Nirvana Baby’ ‘one last opportunity’ to revive lawsuit over child porn, trafficking claims

A federal judge in California has dismissed on a technicality the child pornography and sex trafficking claims of a man who appeared nude as a baby on the cover of rock band Nirvana’s 1991 grunge album Nevermind.

Hulu’s ‘Dopesick’ puts microscope on the architects of the opioid epidemic

“Not only is ‘Dopesick’ the story of the actual opioid epidemic of the 2000s many of us have witnessed, but anyone who didn’t live through that period could just as easily see the seeds planted in the first episode.”

Relax with our favorite long reads of 2021

Feel like curling up next to the fireplace with a good read? Kevin Davis, the ABA Journal's managing editor, has curated a selection of our favorite feature stories that ran in the magazine and online in 2021.

Top 10 news stories from 2021

Every year, we like to take a look back at the news events and stories that most resonated with our online readers. This year, the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol takes the top two slots, along with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' citation style, Judge Judy's career, COVID-19 vaccine litigation and law school rankings.

Rapper who called attention to high-billing prison phone service is killed at music festival

The rapper who recorded a mixtape over a high-billing prison phone service was fatally stabbed backstage at a music festival Saturday.

Appeals court upholds admission of inmate’s Comedy Central interview at his death penalty trial

A trial judge didn’t err by admitting footage of an inmate’s conversation with a Comedy Central comedian during the penalty phase of the inmate’s murder trial, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled last week.

Kim Kardashian says she finally passed the ‘baby bar’ exam after her apprenticeship studies

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has passed the “baby bar” exam required for would-be California lawyers who opt to learn the law through apprenticeship instead of law school.

‘The Practice’ vs. ‘Boston Legal’: How the original stacks up to the spinoff, part 3

Over my past two columns, I’ve focused on reviewing two related television series, The Practice and Boston Legal, with the ultimate goal of comparing them. To conduct my review, I utilized the top-rated episode from each series as calculated by episodeninja.com. So, which series came out victorious? The Practice? Boston Legal? Not so fast.

Our favorite pop culture picks in 2021

In our annual Year in Review episode, Lee Rawles speaks to her ABA Journal colleagues Blair Chavis, Matt Reynolds and Amanda Robert to find out how they spent their free time in 2021.

Legal tech company featured on ‘Shark Tank’ experiences big bump in business

The digital platform HelloPrenup helps couples create prenuptial agreements by filling out in-depth questionnaires and comprehensive financial disclosures instead of having to go to a lawyer.

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