Your Voice

9 tips on how to dress for the courtroom

We’ve all heard the cliches: You only get one chance to make a first impression, dress for success, and you are what you wear. While these maxims are familiar, they are also true. You are judged in less than seven seconds, so dressing appropriately can help you win or lose your case.


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Fair game: Does the fair use doctrine apply to Andy Warhol’s pop art?

The acclaimed “Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again” exhibit of more than 400 of Andy Warhol’s works has been making the rounds from New York to San Francisco to Chicago. Even casual observers have a sense of Warhol’s groundbreaking pop-art style. Yet there is one surprising legal question of fair use and transformative value that begs consideration: Just what is a “Warhol”?


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4 exercises to improve your legal abilities in 2020

Being a lawyer is such a mental exercise that we often forget that we have physical bodies we need to maintain and nurture. This often results in poor health, stress, fatigue and even addiction. What better time to start a new habit than the new year! We all have unused resolutions. Here are some that are actually good for you.


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Top 5 Your Voice columns of 2019

The ABA Journal’s Your Voice column is a unique outlet for lawyers to talk to each other, peer to peer. Unlike our reported stories, which demand objectivity and broader looks at legal issues impacting the nation, the Your Voice column is specifically for those who are living and breathing the profession of law every single day.


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A lawyer’s personal take on making New Year’s resolutions that stick

We are nearing that time of year again, namely, the beginning of the next year. Resolution time. During the 40-plus years of my litigation practice, I made my share of resolutions on how to optimize my practice habits and routines, winning some and losing some. Given that I have more time now to reflect on these issues, I made a resolution to share some of my resolution experiences.


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A biotech attorney's experience with the 'guerrilla lawyers' at the border

It’s Monday morning in October, and Jodi Goodwin, one of the Rio Grande Valley’s premier immigration lawyers, has just arrived at the big white tents set up as makeshift courts at the edge of the Rio Grande river in Brownsville, Texas.

Her clients, a family from Guatemala, have an initial…



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How ‘Legally Blonde’ influenced a generation of women lawyers

“What, like it’s hard?” Elle Woods famously quipped when her ex-boyfriend Warner Huntington III was shocked to see that she was also a first-year law student at Harvard Law School.


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The role of counsel in preserving and protecting a closely held business

Many lawyers, accountants and business consultants advise closely held and family businesses. A critical time for these counselors occurs when the founder and sole owner starts to consider the role and responsibilities of the next generation, particularly if some of those adult children are employees of the business.

There are…



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Top tips for lawyers to stay in control of their business development

When I was practicing as a securities lawyer in Washington D.C., I can’t say I did a very deliberate job with my business development. Luckily for me, my natural strength and inclination was in business development and marketing. That’s why things worked out for me all those years when I practiced. But If I only knew then what I know now.


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Reframing value: A new paradigm for law firm compensation

In my last year as a general counsel of a large public company, we were embroiled in a complicated international transaction that required tax advice under time pressure. I reached out to our corporate law firm and asked for a call to recommend options the following day.

Shortly before the…



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