How My Eating Disorder Took Over My Law Practice and My Life
While I've battled my eating disorder for most of my life, it has only recently taken hold and forced me to pay attention. My inability to focus on anything other than food and body image threatened to take down my life and my firm, so I made a hard decision. I scaled back my practice and entered treatment.
Now Is the Time to Rethink UPL Regulations
It’s time for lawyers to rethink UPL. We are facing a drastically changed, and rapidly changing, landscape. Lawyers need outside expertise to respond to the demands of the increasingly savvy client and consumers of low-to-moderate means.
Decoding Digital Hieroglyphics: The Meaning of Emojis in Evidence
The law used to be a discussion of the meaning of words, but today, words are being replaced at every turn by visuals. With the availability of data and analytics, measuring the usage of the succinctly shareable and expressive emoji is a boon to the lawyer’s interpretive arsenal.
How Big Data Equals Big Changes in Cases and the Bottom Line
We will soon become accustomed to our data being “big” and turn our focus toward predictive and prescriptive analytics, citizen data science, and analytics marketplaces—all areas to which the legal field will want to monitor, participate, and contribute.
How To Serve Clients Pro Bono
Attorneys doing pro bono work are on the decline. Here's how you can help.
.Law Domains Won’t Boost Your Website’s SEO
There is no magical SEO bonus if you use the new .law top-level domain.
How To Avoid Embarrassing Yourself with a Wine List
Want to impress guests at a fine restaurant and your knowledge of wine? Make sure you go in prepared.
Where to Buy Wine
There are pros and cons to each place you can buy wine. Make sure you choose the right one when making your next big wine purchase.
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
You learn about wine by drinking more wine. We're shocked by this profound advice as much as you are.
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.