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Innovation in Legal Practice: Beyond the Current Model of Professionalism

Oliver R. Goodenough | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business
Oliver R. Goodenough

This crisis of representation is not an aberration. It is a structural feature of the system of lawyer professionalism we have built, and it will not go away until we build a different way to deliver the benefits of law to people in need of them.

Choose How to Live Out Your Life

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith A. Salerno

I once asked a simple question to a roomful of young residents I was training: "How many of you have advance medical directives?" Of course, all of th...

Entrepreneurshi#!

Jon Vaughn | Posted 05.28.2015 | Chicago
Jon Vaughn

I called a friend. He said, "Pick five scenarios that you think MIGHT happen at this investor presentation, write them down and get it out of your head." It reminded me of the chorus to The Cranberries' "Zombie." I've been here before, I'll keep fighting.

Why An LSAT-Optional Policy Could Ultimately Hurt Students

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 03.10.2015 | College

The State University of New York-Buffalo Law School as well as the University of Iowa College of Law recently announced that they would not require ap...

The Invisible Achievement Gap: Students in Foster Care

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Across the country it's back to school time. I hope it is a year full of promise and not disappointment and added stress for all children -- especially those most vulnerable. I also hope this school year begins with a renewed commitment to help every child succeed.

Workplace Domestic Violence Legal Standards Continue to Develop

Brad Reid | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

A restraining order has been a traditional legal tool in domestic violence situations. However, the restraining order alone (printed on paper) will not physically protect an individual from a determined assailant.

Chief Justice Calls On American Lawyers To Mend Partisan Divide

AP | PHILIP MARCELO | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking at the American Bar Association's annual meeting Monday, said lawyers should p...

Jurors' Social Media Posts Now Fair Game For Lawyers

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 06.22.2014 | Crime

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors. The American Bar Association says it's ethic...

From Days of Auld Langdell: Crisis and Reform in Modern Legal Education

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Harold Lloyd

An odd Victorian bears much responsibility for the current crisis in legal education. After practicing law for fifteen years, Christopher Columbus Lan...

Covering The Clintons, From Jill Abramson (VIDEO)

Posted 04.24.2014 | MarloThomas

Executive Editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson, lit up when we asked her to replay the details of some of her favorite moments as a young journ...

What Is "Collaborative Divorce" Without Collaboration?

Mark Baer | Posted 05.22.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

The concept of collaborative divorce resonates deeply with me. As I have written in the past, "Collaborative divorce truly does incorporate all of the...

Edward H. Jurith, 1951- 2013, Attorney, White House Drug Policy Leader

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

Edward H. Jurith, a key figure in American drug policy making since the 1980s, died peacefully at home in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Ed has been my friend since 1981.

Important Distinctions Between Litigation and Mediation

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Throughout the conference, the panelists kept reiterating that what occurs in court is state specific, "locale specific," and jurist specific. In other words, results vary from judge to judge based upon the judge's biases, beliefs, assumptions and values. I think this should really scare anyone and everyone.

Is The 'Gay Panic' Defense FINALLY Dead?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.07.2013 | Gay Voices

The American Bar Association (ABA) formally voted on Monday, Aug. 12, to curtail to use of "gay panic" and "trans panic" defense arguments during pros...

Lawyer Jokes -- Humor or Reality?

Adam Resnick | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
Adam Resnick

While there are lawyers on both sides who are the salt of the Earth (I believe I know some) and guided by an ethical conscience, society should remember that a license to practice law is a license to uphold that law, not subvert it.

Three Reasons Why Smart Is the New Dumb on Criminal Justice

Jesse Lava | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Jesse Lava

This trifecta of Holder's speech, reduced phone rates, and reform of stop-and-frisk has meant a glorious few days for the panoply of organizations pushing criminal justice reform.

Clinton Slams Contentious Voter ID Bill

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

Hillary Clinton denounced recent voter identification legislation in a speech at the American Bar Association's annual conference on Monday. On the...

Report: U.S. To End Mandatory Sentences For Some Drug Offenders

The Washington Post | Sari Horwitz | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is set to announce Monday that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or large-scale drug orga...

Ralph Nader Taking On Exciting New Cause

AP | STEPHEN SINGER | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ralph Nader has a new cause. After dedicating nearly half a century to battling businesses over almost everything from dangerous p...

Florida Democrat's Vote Advances 'Anti-Religious Hate' Bill

Shawna Vercher | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Shawna Vercher

Democratic State Senator Geraldine F. Thompson cast a deciding committee vote in Tallahassee that advanced Bill 58, which national advocacy organizations have labeled the "Anti-Religious Hate" bill.

Some Veterans Die Waiting for Benefits, One Man Lives to Help Them

Pat LaMarche | Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Books are written about the lawyers who dedicate pro-bono time to helping the indigent. One such book put out by the American Bar Association is a collection of stories about the good work being done. But none of the stories tells a tale like the one going on in Charleston.

When a Prosecutor Learns He Has Likely Convicted an Innocent

Joel Cohen | Posted 09.30.2012 | New York
Joel Cohen

It is hard to imagine anything more Kafkaesque than a true innocent sitting in jail day after day, while a cynical prosecutor hides the knowledge of his innocence and the keys to the man's freedom in a lockbox in her office.

American Bar Association Imposes $250,000 Fine On Illinois Law School For Fudging Figures

The Huffington Post | Alyssa Creamer | Posted 07.25.2012 | College

The pressure is on for competitive law schools, and University of Illinois College of Law appears to have caved, allegedly tipping Lady Justice's scal...

Peace vs. Justice: The Diminishing Importance of Diplomacy with the Emergence of International Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 09.01.2012 | World
Kip Hale

While the case-by-case circumstances of each conflict always matters, the question remains what standard playbook should the global community employ when confronted with the mass perpetration of international crimes?

That Law Degree Just May Not Be Worth It

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 06.25.2012 | Business

Planned your entire life around nabbing that law degree and pulling in automatic dough? Too bad. Within nine months of graduating, only 55 percent...