Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Arkansas Voters Are Not This Stupid

I tend to be unpolitical—not anti-political, because politics obviously matters, and not apolitical, as though I’m somehow above the fray and don’t have to pick sides. No, I just tend to struggle with most political questions and can only hope that years will make those questions clearer. But I do know a little bit about what lawyers are supposed to…

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Re: Your Crappy Lawyer Bio

Lee Rosen has a read-worthy post this morning about lawyer biographies (Spoiler: They’re crappy). (Most of what Rosen writes is worth reading, actually. His website is outstanding, and I particularly appreciate his (bifurcated?) approach to family law, where he has focused on the ends of the financial spectrum. He services either wealthy clients whose divorces are contested or low-income clients with relatively…

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My First Pro Bono Case

This is the second installment of my first-year lawyer “firsts.” My goal is *to deliberately set* aside some time to look back over my first year as a lawyer. I’m hoping to learn; I’m hoping to be encouraged; and I’m hoping to encourage some other folks. It has been hard and scary, but it’s been wonderful, too. These posts are…

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Understanding Bar Exam Scores

If you passed . . . If your name ends up being on the big list of those who passed the Bar Exam in Arkansas, I extend to you a hearty congratulations. Studying was hard, the test was hard, but you did it. When you get your scores in the mail on Saturday or Monday, feel free to brag about…

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Entertaining Criminals of July 2014

Robs the place; returns for lunch A man suspected of burglarizing an El Pollo Loco in Costa Mesa, California, has been arrested after he returned to the restaurant for a meal a few hours after the robbery. Daniel Lee Warn, 28, was arrested Wednesday when he tried to order food at the restaurant, because employees recognized him from the security footage of…

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July 2014 MEE Subjects

In the spirit of ongoing generosity (and remembering how incredibly stressful that studying for the Bar was), here are my predictions for the MEE section of the July 2014 Bar: 1) a Civ Pro question (surprise there always is); 2) I’m 50/50 on Family Law, and Contracts; 3) Wills (No Trusts); 4)  Commercial Paper (No Secured Transactions); 5) No Constitutional or…

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Bowen Law School Makes "Best Value" List

As a recent graduate of UALR’s William H. Bowen School of Law, I feel comfortable saying that Bowen students aren’t usually excited about law school rankings. Until someone decides to publish a list that ranks something like “Proximity to Malvern, Arkansas,” “Likelihood to be Attacked by a Goose,” or “Weirdest Yard Sculpture,” Bowen is unlikely to rank anywhere near the…

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The *Other* Bar Exam Prep Guide

As many of you know, the results for the Bar exam will be released—if the Lord and the internet is willin’—at 5:00 p.m. this Friday. It has been about seven months since I had to endure this week myself, anxiously counting down the days, hours, and minutes until the scores were released. It wasn’t fun, and I remember it vividly….

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Do We Really Need Lawyers? – Part 3

Or, as an alternative title—”another slightly cynical, non-obvious way for a new lawyer to justify his existence.” Here’s the third (the first and second are here and here, respectively) and final installment thinking through Justice Alito’s recent statement that “Our country needs lawyers.” So what’s the third reason we need lawyers? We need lawyers because people are going to fight…

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