Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

4 Reasons Not to Date a Lawyer

By God’s grace and good fortune, I have never dated any lawyers. But I know many of them (and one very well). That’s why I say it’s my own good fortune that I haven’t dated any. I found this article on the UK eHarmony website entitled “15 Reasons to Date a Lawyer.” The article could easily be a spoof, but there…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

A "New Normal" for Lawyers?

One of my partners Brandon Haubert and I regularly have a “discussion” something like this: Person 1: “How do you think we should do this?” (It could be anything.) Person 2: “Well, I think I saw/read about/heard another lawyer doing it this way.” Person 1: “Oh. But that is inefficient. And it doesn’t provide much value to the client.” Person 2:…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Warning fellow drivers & the First Amendment

A Missouri federal judge, Henry Edward Autrey, ruled this week and held that drivers have a First Amendment right to flash their headlights to warn other motorists of nearby police and speed traps. The order stems from a lawsuit filed by Ellisville resident Michael Elli. In 2012, Elli flashed his headlights to warn oncoming vehicles of a radar set up…

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Rejecting the Solo Practice Straw-Man

Launching a career as a solo practice attorney is risky. And lawyers hate risk. For that reason, then, I guess it’s not much of a surprise that the ABA’s Law Practice Management magazine published this article: “Thinking of Going Solo? Think Carefully.” I am going to be gracious—the article is not helpful. I agree with the author that one should…

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Moving Past Law School Grades

Receiving my first-semester law school grades was one of the most gut-wrenchingly disappointing experiences of my life. I vividly remember the day (well, actually the horror was broken into two days because of one habitually late instructor). I remember confidently logging onto the student portal expecting to be welcomed into the top of the class. Instead, I had been rejected…

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February 2014 MEE Subjects

When I took the bar in July of 2013, I mapped out the history of the 16 subjects tested on the MEE and made predictions based on the historical pattern of what 9 questions the NCBE would write for our Bar Exam. I was close—very, very close. The only tested MEE subject that I did not expect to see in…

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Matthew Crawley: Would his letter suffice as a Will in Arkansas?

Downton Abbey’s season premiere on Sunday night brought in more viewers than any other premiere in PBS’s history. For Downtown devotees, the episode was a little more somber than most. Perhaps this shouldn’t surprise anyone; after all, Matthew Crawley was one of the show’s most popular characters and his death was a shock to everyone. But Matthew’s premature death meant…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson, the Constitution and the violations of it.

The Constitution limits government action. Not the action of citizens. When the Constitution was written it only applied to the Federal Government. The Bill of Rights did not apply to the state governments until the early 19th Century when the Supreme Court started applying the Constitution to the state governments through the Incorporation doctrine. This doctrine interprets the Fourteenth Amendment…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Pro Bono: The Lawyer’s "Tithe"

I recently attended a mandatory event for newly licensed Arkansas attorneys. The event was built around professionalism—how to show it, how not to show it, and why it matters. Assuming that the amount of time you spend on something is related to its importance, the Arkansas Bar Association is clearly concerned about pro bono work and is making it a…

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