Why US Letter–Size Paper is Wrong

"The 11" length of the standard paper being about a quarter of 'the average maximum stretch of an experienced vatman’s arms.'"

“The Rule of Law Will be Handed Off to Someone Else”

The future is probably insurance companies or banks doing your legal work. Maybe Walmart or, if we're lucky, Target.


History Nerds: Listen To LBJ Try to Make Abe Fortas Chief Justice

No one — before or since — has ever said "goddamned New York Times" like LBJ said "goddamned New York Times."


The TSA’s Pre-Check Program Might Get A Little Personal

Techdirt reports that the TSA is kind of sad that more of you haven’t thrown down money to get your private life inspected to enough of a degree that you are now allowed to be (relatively) waved through airport security. In true Kafka-esque fashion, the TSA is going to solve this problem by putting it […]


Teams Are Smarter When They Have More Women

Smarter people do not make for smarter teams.

More Good Advice on Asking Lawyers for Advice

Just go read Mark’s post before you ask a lawyer for advice, whether it’s on suppressing drugs or which scanner to buy.


“I Have a Dream”

Why courts are closed today.

“Manly-Sounding” Lawyers Are More Likely to Lose

At least that’s the buzzy headline the ABA Journal put on this study, in which 200 volunteers rated the “manliness” and confidence, among other qualities, of 60 male lawyers’ opening statement to the Supreme Court. The manliest-sounding lawyers more likely to lose, and the most confident-sounding lawyers were more likely to win. Presumably there was […]


2014 Lawyerist Year in Review

It’s nearly the end of December and feels like a great time to reflect on the past year here at Lawyerist. 2014 has been an interesting year for us and we’re really grateful to our readers, writers, and advertisers for keeping our project going. So, let’s start with a big THANK YOU! We really appreciate […]

Welcome to Our 2014 New Writers

We added a bunch of new writers to Lawyerist in 2014, and we are long overdue in telling you about them. Here are the new voices you've been hearing from this year and who you will continue to hear from in 2015.


The Lawyerist Podcast Preview

We are excited to announce the launch in January of the Lawyerist Podcast, a weekly show about lawyering and law practice hosted by Sam Glover and Aaron Street.


Lawyerist’s Most-Popular Articles from 2014

Fire up Instapaper or Pocket and take a few of these popular Lawyerist articles home for the holidays.


A Dramatic Reading of David Lat’s Self-Interview

Lisa Needham (of Lawyerist and Bitter Lawyer fame) and I decided David Lat's "interview" was just crying out for a dramatic reading, so we put on our silly voices and did one.


Lawyerist Joins the ABA Blawg 100 Hall of Fame

The ABA Journal adds Lawyerist — in the Blawg 100 since 2009 — to its Blawg 100 Hall of Fame!

The classic, from the UK. This is the Lord High Chancellor, who gets the prettiest lace.

What Judges Around the World Wear in Court

I like the judges' outfits in Pakistan and Malaysia, which have character and dignity, but are definitely not boring.