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What Goes on in a Judge's Chambers Conference?

Scott B. Piekarsky | Posted 03.31.2014 | Small Business
Scott B. Piekarsky

Have you ever wondered what goes on when your attorney goes into chambers with other counsel and the judge? Are they busy talking about the weekend football games or basketball games?

Breaking the 'Bamboo Ceiling'

China Hands | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business
China Hands

Sandy Jin talks to Xiaowen Qiu about her career at Sidley Austin and the difference between legal practices in the U.S. and China

Aggressive Lawyering Is Counter-Productive

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

If clients stopped requesting and otherwise seeking out destructive lawyers who are making a tremendous amount of money doing nothing but wreaking havoc and destroying families among other things, the supply of such lawyers would decrease.

Call Me Juror No. 3

Eva Moon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Eva Moon

I've heard the complaints about jury duty -- about the boredom, being treated like idiots, ordered around and unappreciated. Maybe I was lucky, but I found the process fascinating.

What Does Las Vegas Have in Common With Attorneys?

Ben Hanuka | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Ben Hanuka

When cases to go court, they become a gamble. A crapshoot. If you have been involved in a civil court case that went to trial, you know it. People who should win, lose. And people who should lose, win.

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.

Why Are Appraisers Furious at Fraud by Their Peers While Corporate Lawyers Are Complacent?

William K. Black | Posted 10.12.2013 | Business
William K. Black

I know that the public won't find it strange that elite Wall Street lawyers could not muster a single hero while the appraisers produced tens of thousands. The public does not expect much from Wall Street lawyers.

Lights, Camera, Justice: If Only the Los Angeles Court System Were More Like Judge Judy

Steve Bevilacqua | Posted 09.30.2013 | Los Angeles
Steve Bevilacqua

Is a Hollywood soundstage the best place to find true justice in Los Angeles? Based on my legal experience, both real and televised, the answer is a resounding yes.

Why We're So Quick To Punish The 'Bad Guy'

Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living

Was it clearly an accident, or more of a malicious move? How we perceive an action affects how we judge it, according to a new study from Princeton Un...

When the Law Is Involved, Do Notions Of Fairness Matter?

Mark Baer | Posted 09.28.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

When attorneys, mediators and others are involved in the process, their concepts of fairness may well differ from those of one or both of the parties and from those of the other professionals involved.

Racism on Trial: Where Do You Stand?

David Bedrick | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

egardless of your opinion about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, we mustn't ignore the underlying conversation -- a heated, potent, and critical discussion about race and racism.

Embedded Racism

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Our present legal system has evolved from legal and social structures that regarded certain categories of human beings as chattel. That immorality has never been officially disowned. It has never been fully and courageously addressed.

Apparently, Ignorance Really Is Bliss

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Chief Justice John Roberts said that he thought lawyers arguing before the Supreme Court shouldn't answer any questions if they were asked too many, too fast -- and Justice Clarence Thomas has taken this a step further, to its logical conclusion by not even asking questions.

How to Avoid Fashion Court at Your Law Internship

Ilana Sufrin | Posted 08.26.2013 | College
Ilana Sufrin

New attorneys and interns will be told to "dress conservatively," but what does that mean beyond the obvious? I shadowed a senior attorney at the Legal Aid Society for 13 weeks and came up with the following tips for effective personal style in a courtroom setting:

Having Our Rights Is Not the Same As Understanding Them

Kathryne M. Young | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Kathryne M. Young

As the Supreme Court's criminal procedure jurisprudence becomes more and more like a giant game of Jenga, our public dialogue needs to shift. We can't just talk about which rights we possess; we need to talk about how effectively they can be used -- and how well they match what we think we know.

A Broken System Perpetuates Itself

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.06.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

I live in a vital, racially and ethnically diverse Chicago neighborhood and I watch it happen -- racial profiling, the stop-and-frisk game. This is not making my neighborhood safer. It's wrecking lives at enormous public expense.

Three Simple Words to Fix the American Justice System: Trial By Combat

Kyle Shamberg | Posted 06.23.2013 | Comedy
Kyle Shamberg

Now, I know what you're thinking. "That sounds awesome and I see few if any problems with implementing it. Let's do it." Though I tend to agree, it may be worth assessing with a slightly more critical eye. Let's a take look at some of the "Pros" and "Cons" of the TbC system.

A Promise Worth Keeping: Restoring Fairness to America's Justice System

Jonathan Rapping | Posted 05.18.2013 | Crime
Jonathan Rapping

"I went to law school to make a difference. I became a public defender to ensure poor people have access to the same justice as those with money. But I find myself spending my days processing people through a system that does not give them a chance."

Revolutionary Idea: Real Lawyers for Real People

Lisa Bloom | Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime
Lisa Bloom

With little fanfare, more than five million people every month are now getting online advice from real lawyers in their practice area and state. Have a child custody question in California? No problem. Bankruptcy in Baltimore? Deportation in Dallas? Covered.

The Answer Is to Fix the Justice System

Rebecca Love Kourlis | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Rebecca Love Kourlis

While mediation and arbitration certainly have their place, we cannot and should not abandon the system itself. What we need is a justice system that is more accessible, efficient, and accountable.

In Our Courts 'Justice' Is Bought

Lance Soskin | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Lance Soskin

Due to the nature of our adversarial justice system, it's more often than not going to be the party with the high-priced attorney who wins in court rather than the party with the more meritorious case.

Chicago's 'Code of Silence' Case Has Legal System Bidding Against Itself

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 02.05.2013 | Chicago
Miles J. Zaremski

Private litigants have no basis to force a court to abandon its role and efforts, including a jury's verdict, once the system produces an outcome the parties don't like. They also can't cry foul and have erased an outcome produced by a system that taxpayer money supports.

It's Time for Timely Justice -- Or No Justice for All

Anthony V. Curto | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Anthony V. Curto

The civil justice system today -- whether dealing with simple or complex matters -- takes so long and costs so much that it no longer serves as an effective tool in regulating society's legal matters.

Everything You Need To Know About The Most Important Person In Your Divorce Trial

Robert Hughes, Jr. | Posted 08.22.2012 | Divorce
Robert Hughes, Jr.

When parents seeking a divorce are unable to settle on a co-parenting plan, they often end up in front of a judge.

The Surprising Way You Can Jeopardize Your Own Divorce Settlement

Robert Hughes, Jr. | Posted 07.27.2012 | Divorce
Robert Hughes, Jr.

Guilt, shame and regret are common emotions that are experienced during the divorce process.