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163 ABA Journal The Modern Law Library articles.

One year after Kavanaugh’s confirmation, reporters reexamine the evidence for and against him

One year after Brett M. Kavanaugh's tumultuous nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, questions that arose during the nomination hearings still linger.

How to master the jury selection process

In this new Modern Law Library episode, Olivia Aguilar of ABA Publishing talks to Jeffrey T. Frederick, an expert on jury selection strategies, about benefits of open-ended questioning, how to break the ice with a conversational tone, and more.

Fighting for first responders sickened at ground zero turned into yearslong legal battle

In the new episode of the Modern Law Library, William Groner talks to Lee Rawles about co-writing his book, the challenge of “being ahead of the science,” and how political interests worsened one of the largest environmental disasters in history.

New book addresses critical legal issues, policies and strategies surrounding smart technology

In this new episode of the Modern Law Library, Olivia Aguilar of ABA Publishing speaks with Cynthia H. Cwik about why “internet of things” devices are some of the most vulnerable hacker targets and the impact of these devices on national security.

African American farmer’s legal battle to save his family farm is focus of ‘Catfish Dream’

Ed Scott was the first-ever nonwhite owner and operator of a catfish plant in the nation. The former sharecropper-turned-landowner was part of a class action lawsuit that resulted in one of the largest civil rights settlements in U.S. history. With the settlement of Pigford v. Glickman in 1999, almost $1 billion has been issued to more than 13,000 African American farmers to date.

How power dynamics in the workplace shield perpetrators of sexual harassment

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, ABA Publishing’s Olivia Aguilar talks to Lauren Stiller Rikleen about how workplace structures protect those accused of misconduct and why the study of unconscious bias is critical when discussing sex harassment.

Debut novelist’s tale of Sri Lankan refugees wins 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

In the latest episode of the Modern Law Library, Sharon Bala talks with the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles about the true stories behind her fictional novel and what winning the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction means to her.

How to train your expert witness

Expert witnesses can make or break your case. In her new book, Janet S. Kole shares how you can make the most out of your witness.

Founder of The Slants talks about the band’s free-speech fight

When Simon Tam booked the first gig for The Slants, the band did not technically have any other members yet. Eleven years later, the all-Asian American band faced a larger obstacle: Winning a free-speech case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

How the Great Recession changed American law firms

There's no denying that law firms have gone through significant changes in the last decade. These changes continue to create unprecedented challenges for modern law firms today. So, what's next?

How to become a federal criminal: It’s easier than you may think

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, lawyer Mike Chase talks with the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles about crimes like impersonating a mailman, importing pregnant polar bears, selling mail-order dentures, and letting your falcon be filmed for a movie.

A curmudgeon’s tips for making it in BigLaw

For law grads and associates going into the world of BigLaw, the stakes have never been higher—and neither have the expectations. The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law explains how to succeed with a bit of snark and a whole lot of laughs.

Public speaking skills every lawyer should master

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Ashley Alfirevic of ABA Publishing speaks to lawyer and author Faith Pincus about how to ditch notecards, engage an audience and ask the right type of rhetorical questions.

The strange tale of the ‘Voodoo reverend’ and Harper Lee’s lost true-crime book

The author of To Kill a Mockingbird spent years researching and writing about this true-crime tale, with the intention of producing her own book in the style of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. But did she ever finish it?

Why tech tools can have promise and peril for policing

Like everyone else, police are inundated with new gadgets and technologies promised to make their jobs easier. But do they? In his new book, Thin Blue Lie, investigative journalist Matt Stroud digs deeps into the background of various police technologies' promises and perils.

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