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‘Lucky in Life’: Emily Feinstein creates opportunities for others through pro bono and hockey

“I always say I have been so lucky in life,” Emily Feinstein says. “I was lucky that my dad married my mom, because that relationship provided me with so many opportunities that would not have otherwise been available—the ability to go to college and the belief that I was obviously going to law school. I don’t think that would have been ingrained in me. And so being able to take what I have and use it to help others has always been really important.”

40 wellness tips to help lawyers cope with job pressure

No matter what type of law you practice, there are always stressors and pressure points that only get bigger as the stakes get higher. With that in mind, we asked attorneys, wellness experts and other legal industry professionals for tips on how lawyers can take care of themselves and not get overwhelmed.

With some partners earning as much as $20M, older lawyers may consider retirement

A surge in law firm profits may be spurring some law firm partners to consider retirement. Some partners at large law firms are earning eight figures. At one BigLaw firm, some partners earned $20 million last year.

Richard Posner’s lawyer says the retired judge has Alzheimer’s, didn’t have capacity to contract

Richard Posner, a retired judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Chicago, didn’t have the capacity to enter into a contract because of Alzheimer’s disease, his lawyer said in a letter.

Post-election texts by wife of Justice Thomas raise ethics issues, experts say

Ethics experts say U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should recuse himself in some cases following revelations that his wife urged the former White House chief of staff to contest the 2020 presidential election loss for then-President Donald Trump.

Justice Thomas is released from hospital

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was released Friday from a Washington, D.C., hospital where he had been treated for an infection during the past week.

Sidewalk abortion counselor, childhood friend among those weighing in on Jackson’s SCOTUS nomination

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday heard from panelists supporting and opposing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, including a childhood friend, a sidewalk abortion counselor, a law enforcement representative and Alabama's attorney general.

Sen. Booker asks Jackson about her ‘bedrock values,’ ‘provocative’ statement on juggling motherhood and career

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey turned to issues of family when he questioned U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson during her confirmation hearing Tuesday evening.

Justice Thomas is hospitalized with an infection; spokeswoman says he doesn’t have COVID-19

Justice Clarence Thomas was admitted to the hospital Friday evening and treated with intravenous antibiotics for an infection.

Canadian law school mistakenly informed student’s family that she had died

A Canadian law school’s unusual apology to one of its law students has gone viral after it was posted to Twitter last week.

Lawyers are all about camaraderie, civility and coin tosses

The legal profession. All good? Maybe not all, at least according to some observers, such as Shakespeare, who said something like, “First, let’s kill all the lawyers.” I retired about five years ago after spending more than 40 years in the Ontario court trenches, and I would now like to share some thoughts on what’s good about our profession.

Len Elmore’s journey from the basketball court to the courtroom and back again

It isn’t easy getting a seat in a classroom at Harvard Law School. Len Elmore did. But then the 6-foot-9-inch student was choosey about the one he took. “I tried to sit on the end of the row,” he says. “There was more legroom.”

Yale law grad, a ‘Survivor’ contestant, says career can’t rule out ‘lifelong dreams that you’ve had for decades’

Keller Lenkner associate Daniel Strunk is back on the job in Washington, D.C., after participating as a Survivor contestant in season 42, which premiered March 9. He has been a Survivor fan since he was 7 or 8 years old.

Surveyed lawyers report they experience burnout in their jobs more than half the time

Lawyers are experiencing more burnout and a decline in well-being, according to a Bloomberg Law survey taken in the last quarter of 2021.

Tennessee lawyer who fits mold of ‘volunteer state’ is winner of ABA ethics award

A Memphis, Tennessee, lawyer who has long been active in the ABA is the winner of the 2022 Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award.

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