ABA TECHSHOW Has a Keynote Speaker Problem

The last seven keynote speakers at ABA TECHSHOW have been white men who mostly have no real connection to legal tech.

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Why We Need to Rebrand the Legal Profession

It’s time to admit what we have been doing is failing on such a grand scale that we should just quit old habits and start brainstorming new ones.

Stop Using a Circular 230 Disclaimer in Your Email

While the email disclaimers lawyers use are pointless anyway, the IRS would like you to go ahead and stop using the especially pointless Circular 230 disclaimer: [T]he Circular 230 disclaimer that now appears at the bottom of many emails and on memos can and should be eliminated. (Source.) If you want to know more, read […]


Lawyers’ Hobbies on Hsu Untied

I just learned of Richard Hsu’s podcast, Hsu Untied from 3 Geeks and a Law Blog. Hsu Untied is a collection of short podcasts with lawyers, about their side hobbies. The guests’ hobbies so far include skydiving, mountain climbing, oil painting, magic, astronomy, opera singing, winemaking, boxing, chess, ballet, and more. (No winter campers, yet.) […]

7 Ways Cloud Accounting Propels Lawyers to Success (Sponsored)

Brought to you by GLG Accounting, the premier CPA firm for lawyers. Surely you like to win, because we sure love that feeling when we’ve just accomplished something really awesome. With tax time here, the stress of having to get the books together and file taxes looms (especially for those who don’t have a solid […]


Call for Submissions: Lawyerist’s 2nd Annual Short-Fiction Contest

Our short-fiction contest is open to all writers. If you have a story to tell (in 5,000 words or less), we want to read it! Submissions are due on June 1st, and the top two entries will receive cash awards and be published right here on Lawyerist.


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 […]