Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

4 (good) Christmas Ideas for a Lawyer

Whether you’re married to a lawyer, friends with a lawyer, or simply stay just close enough to a lawyer to get free legal advice, most people have a lawyer on their Christmas list. And we are not easy people to buy for. We are trained to be particular—particular about evidence, particular about words, particular about time—which means that we are often…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

What Should I Wear to Court?

I am usually in court a few times per week. It happens so often that I don’t really tend to think much about what I wear to court. It’s more like a formula: Start with a boring dark suit + boring white/blue shirt + boring tie that has red in it + boring dark shoes = Standard-issue Lawyer’s Uniform. But…

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What Issues are on the Ballot in Arkansas?

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that there is an election coming up on November 8. It’s going to be a doozy. And it’s not just the presidential race that is getting attention. There are several hotly contested issues that Arkansas voters will have the opportunity to decide when they go to the polls. Among them…

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Thoughts on How to Pick Your Local Judge

This is a short article reflecting on how I think about local elections. Specifically, it is my attempt to take my Christian worldview and translate that into a guide for deciding which local politicians I will support. The point of this is to explain that the decision-making process is different for local elections than it would be for a national…

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Takeaways from UALR Bowen’s Legal Hackathon

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of helping with Bowen Law School’s Legal Innovation Hackathon. (Go here for details.) I was there as a lawyer-advisor, I guess—tasked with helping the teams answer any legal questions they might have. The concept was simple: Tech folks get together and use their skills to solve a legal issue (literally) overnight. There were eight…

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3 Lessons on Life and Lawyering from My Beard

Two months doesn’t seem like enough time for much change. Unless it’s my beard. I recently entered the Root Cafe’s 4th Annual Beard-Growing Contest. There are several different categories but I chose to “shave in” and compete for the fullest beard. The competition required me to appear at the Root on December 5th cleanly shaven to get a “before” photo. While I…

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Putting a face to the "plain language" debate

Lawyers should be servants. This is never easy. In fact, it’s usually pretty hard. The billed hour and the adversarial system and the looming cloud of malpractice does not naturally encourage us to be “others-centered.” We have to serve our clients, but we also have to serve the courts and, in some attenuated way, we have to serve justice. (I…

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4 Lessons in Lawyering from "Car Talk"

I am sad that Tom Magliozzi of “Car Talk” has died—he was a real bright spot on the radio. He and his brother Ray (“Click” and “Clack”) hosted the show for over 25 years before retiring in 2012. You can still hear reruns on NPR and even podcast the reruns on iTunes. (Not sure if podcasting is still cool, but…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Law-practice fl"AVVO"r of the Month.

See what I did there with “flavor?” You’re welcome. The law is a cottage industry. Starting with LSAT prep, the test itself, “How-To” Guides for law school, supplements, textbooks, Bar Prep, and then the Bar itself—and that’s just to get there! Once you’re a lawyer, there is a chorus of impassioned voices calling you to buy their product, all of…

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