Personal Lives

1652 ABA Journal Personal Lives articles.

A conversation with attorney George Critchlow on his new book, ‘The Lifer and the Lawyer’

In his new book, The Lifer and the Lawyer, co-authored by Michael Anderson, an African American man who was charged with committing 22 offenses—including kidnapping, assault and robbery—during a violent crime spree, lawyer George Critchlow recounts his defense of Anderson and how their relationship evolved from attorney-client to a lasting friendship.

Professor’s justice project aims to humanize those behind bars

In September 2014, I started teaching at a maximum-security prison in Maryland because I wanted to provide an educational opportunity to a group of human beings who have largely been forgotten by society. I knew the research showing prison education dramatically improves people’s behavior and life chances, but I wanted to see and feel that human transformation myself. Teaching my own class provided an ideal opportunity to create a productive educational environment in a classroom setting with minimal staff supervision.

Law dean reveals retirement was due to ‘slaveholder’ comment; remark followed tenure controversy
A law dean has revealed that her Jan. 19 retirement announcement was precipitated by her reference to herself as a “slaveholder” during a faculty meeting.
Most dissatisfied lawyers work longer hours and report more burnout
Burnout and long hours appear to be making life miserable for the most dissatisfied lawyers.
Leaving prison? Dial down the aspirations, don’t try to be lawyers or doctors, survey respondents say
Should former prisoners pursue prestigious careers and home ownership? A survey suggests that people think the American dream should be more limited for this group of people.
Justice Breyer should retire immediately, law prof writes; Senate could flip with 1 senator’s death or departure
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer should retire, and he should do it now, according to Paul F. Campos, a professor at the University of Colorado Law School.
The death of a lawyer: A journey from law school to retirement
On some mornings, fog shrouds the Ohio River, settling into the river valley like loosely applied caulk. Twenty-three years ago, while on my way to work, my car weaved through the thick, shape-shifting strands as I navigated Kellogg Avenue, which follows the contours of the river toward downtown Cincinnati.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge strikes down CDC eviction moratorium; lawyer’s dogged determination brings cash

Judge strikes down CDC eviction moratorium

U.S. District Judge J. Campbell Barker of Tyler, Texas, has struck down a moratorium on most residential evictions by the U.S. Centers for…

Afternoon Briefs: 11 ex-capital inmates added to innocence list; lawyer finds historic photo in attic

11 former death-row inmates are added to group’s innocence list

The Death Penalty Information Center has added 11 former inmates to its list of people who were exonerated after an…

Animal rights lawyer is accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband’s girlfriend
An animal rights lawyer in Evergreen, Colorado, has been arrested on a charge of solicitation to commit murder for allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband’s girlfriend.
Afternoon Briefs: Lawyers knock ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome;’ attorney flashes medical pot card

Trump lawyers seek dismissal of impeachment case

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to dismiss the impeachment case against him. Their brief argues that the…

Police investigate homicide of lawyer, a ‘statutory wizard’ who lived above his law office
Police in Laurel, Maryland, are investigating the homicide of a lawyer who was said to be so devoted to his work that he lived in an apartment above his law office on Main Street.
Perkins Coie associate advances to ‘Jeopardy’ tournament of champions
Perkins Coie associate Zachary Newkirk will appear in Jeopardy’s tournament of champions later this year after winning six games.
Cole Schotz settles suit against lawyer accused of revealing confidential documents in bid to injure BigLaw
A federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed Cole Schotz’s claims against a former bankruptcy associate whom it had accused of revealing two confidential law firm documents and threatening to disclose even more.
Stop chasing perfection, and make it a family affair

Both partners’ support and active engagement is vital to a satisfying work-home balance. Since her passing, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been celebrated not only as a trailblazing legal giant but also as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. The Ginsburgs demonstrated that a strong partnership at home leads to success as professionals, life partners and parents.

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