Committers of Nothing (2015 Short-Fiction Contest Winner)
Jason Steed’s short-story, “Committers of Nothing,” is the winner of the second annual Lawyerist Short-Fiction Contest. On our first day in Hinkley my wife, Cory, accused me of sleeping with a woman she’d seen at The Market Place. I was unpacking a box of kitchen appliances. I stood there for a moment, in mute bewilderment. […]
Stare Decisis (2015 Short-Fiction Contest Runner-Up)
Greg Walklin’s short-story, “Stare Decisis” is the runner-up in the second annual Lawyerist Short-Fiction Contest. The judge had already decided on leniency. The defendant’s attorney, perhaps auditioning for the bench herself, sought the briefest possible sentence, concluding with a history of her client, a stick-thin defendant of fourteen, Miguel Ochoa. Lyman Walters, District Court Judge for Lancaster County, had already […]
How to Develop a Palate for Wine
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How to Avoid Spam Emails
Spam is difficult to get rid of once you’re on the spammers’ lists. However, it is relatively easy to avoid in the first place.
Client Confidentiality in the Digital Age
The pathways for breaching client confidentiality — whether due to simple carelessness or inadequate security — continue to multiply as technology advances.
The Difference Between Confidentiality and the Attorney-Client Privilege
Attorneys often confuse the ethical concept of the duty of confidentiality and the evidence concept of the attorney-client privilege. Let’s clear up some of that fuzziness.
Strategic Planning for Law-Firm Success and Growth
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Office 365 or Google Apps — Which to Choose?
The future may be arriving, but it choosing between Office 365 and Google Apps is still a complex endeavor. Here is what you need to know.
Making It Sing: How Rhetorical Writing Techniques Can Improve Legal Writing
Legal writing does not need to resemble a cross between a nineteenth century sermon and a treatise on higher mathematics.
Alternative Billing That is Friendly for Lawyers and Clients
Clients are demanding alternatives to the billable hour, and that is changing how solos and firms are behaving in light of these new expectations.
How To Serve Clients Pro Bono
Attorneys doing pro bono work are on the decline. Here's how you can help.
How to Relocate Your Law Office
Moving your law firm can be pricey, challenging, and risky. Maximize the benefits of a relocation by minimizing costs and recruiting new hires and clients.
How Lawyers Get into Trouble with Technology
When it comes to lawyers using technology, it appears that common sense is a lot like Bigfoot. You hear people talk about it, but you don’t invest your own money looking for proof.
The Death of Punishment: Searching for Justice Among the Worst of the Worst
If you want to read a book about the pros and cons of the death penalty, this is not it. The Death of Punishment fails to do much more than further Professor Robert Blecker's career as a crusader for the death penalty.
A Prosecutor’s Life After Meth
From the very first time I tried meth, I loved it. Nothing had ever made me feel as happy or alive or confident as meth did.