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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered
40 minutes | 21 days ago
The pandemic has not slowed down Howard Bashman of How Appealing
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused there to be fewer court filings in some jurisdictions, Howard Bashman’s blog, How Appealing, continues to share multiple posts on a daily basis about appellate law and legal news. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Public defender with Patreon for FOIA lawsuits shares her thoughts on lawyers and social media
When she’s posting online, Beth Bourdon is not like most other lawyers, and she says that’s probably why she has more than 50,000 Twitter followers. She is a Florida public defender who represents people charged with homicide. She also helps journalists with Freedom of Information Act requests in her spare time—and that includes a Patreon account, a membership platform that provides funds for the work. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Law prof focuses on positives from the COVID-19 pandemic
Rather than focus on the restrictions of teaching via Zoom, Peter H. Huang zeroed in on how he could use the platform in innovative ways. This summer, the University of Colorado Law School professor enjoyed the creativity involved with thinking about different ways to conduct class, and he got pleasure from brainstorming with colleagues on efficient ways to navigate change. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
33 minutes | 4 months ago
What it's like to argue before the Supreme Court during COVID-19
Jeffrey L. Fisher has argued more than 40 U.S. Supreme Court cases, and he relies heavily on the justices’ body language during arguments. But that wasn’t possible for his last three, which were conducted by phone because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He recently shared his experiences with ABA Journal Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
40 minutes | 5 months ago
Law prof finds ways to connect remotely amid historic election and COVID-19 restrictions
April Dawson, an associate dean and professor at the North Carolina Central University School of Law, misses seeing her constitutional law students in person. But the constitutional law and voting rights scholar has been finding creative ways to use technology in the classroom, even before the pandemic, and she says the experience helped her connect with students and foster meaningful discussions, even when classes can’t meet in person.
29 minutes | 6 months ago
How to maximize your business development during the COVID-19 crisis
Plenty of lawyers in private practice worry about business development during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there may be more opportunities to discover new clients than they realize. And that is thanks to an increase in online events, says Karen Kaplowitz, a lawyer and business development coach. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
28 minutes | 7 months ago
How is the lawyer known as ‘Popehat’ on Twitter keeping busy during the pandemic?
Legal news about President Donald Trump often outrages people, but it shouldn’t. And at the same time, his administration makes outrageous legal statements that many accept as normal, says Kenneth White, a former assistant U.S. attorney known as "Popehat" on Twitter. Now a partner at Brown, White & Osborn in its Los Angeles office, White recently spoke with ABA Journal Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
30 minutes | 8 months ago
This law prof has been fighting off Twitter trolls during the coronavirus crisis
While Veena Dubal has adopted to working at home with three young children during the COVID-19 pandemic, the “reply guys” came after the California law professor on Twitter for her support of a 2020 state law that extends employee classification status to gig workers. Dubal tells ABA Journal Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward that she thinks that people’s anxieties are running high amid the pandemic, and some public relations groups harness that energy to support client platforms, particularly on social media. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
37 minutes | 9 months ago
2020 Harvard Law grad postpones bar exam and her wedding plans because of COVID-19
This past spring, when few people realized that most July bar exams would ultimately be canceled, Molly Coleman decided to forgo the test, for the time being, despite her lawyer father’s objections. Coleman chats with ABA Journal Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward about moving back to St. Paul, Minnesota—her hometown—less than a week before the area erupted in protests following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd in late May. She was joined by her fiance—a University of Michigan Law School student—and the couple postponed their September wedding to 2021, given health concerns with large gatherings. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
25 minutes | 9 months ago
What can we expect from the all-virtual 2020 ABA Annual Meeting?
When COVID-19 closed ABA offices in March, staff sprang into work figuring out how the association could convert its meetings and events to virtual environments. In this bonus episode of Asked and Answered, we're giving you a sneak peek at how the 2020 ABA Annual Meeting came together, some of the exciting guests and speakers who have been lined up, and what exactly it will be like to attend an all-virtual meeting. ABA President Judy Perry Martinez and Marty Balogh of the Meetings and Travel Group spoke with the ABA Journal's Lee Rawles to share behind-the-scenes information about the annual meeting, which is free to all ABA members. Register before July 27, then attend sessions and events at your leisure from July 29-Aug. 4.
32 minutes | 10 months ago
COVID-19 hasn't stopped this lawyer from advocating for wellness and recovery
Lawyer and author Brian Cuban chats with ABA Journal Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward about how he’s been focusing on what he can control during the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than what he can’t, and what he misses the most. For Cuban, that includes hugs from family and friends, and he’s not sure that they’ll ever be given as freely as they once were. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
23 minutes | a year ago
Can cyborg lawyers convince their clients to listen?
Do you really need a human for the so-called human touch in lawyering, particularly when a big part of the job is convincing the client to be reasonable? Maybe not, according to some people who created apps that they claim help people accomplish tasks traditionally carried about by lawyers. The ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward talks with legal technologists about how their apps are working to do things such as detect and block sarcasm in texts between parents at odds with each other and quickly find middle ground between people battling over small amounts of money. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
19 minutes | a year ago
Trials and tiaras: How do pageant winners fare as lawyers?
In this new episode of the ABA Journal’s Asked and Answered podcast, Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward talks about the similarities between the pageant circuit, law school and the practice of law with pageant winners—some of whom have no school debt thanks to contest scholarships—and a litigator who also works as a pageant coach. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
25 minutes | a year ago
How to practice law remotely and efficiently during the COVID-19 crisis
As people across the country are coping with countless changes in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the ABA Journal’s Asked and Answered podcast is taking a break from its regularly scheduled programing to share information with lawyers about how they can adjust to the world’s current situation—such as having to work from home, whether they want to or not. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
22 minutes | a year ago
Why did a Georgia city prohibit tattoos on Sundays?
These days, people from all walks of life get tattoos. But in Columbus, Georgia, it was illegal to give them on Sundays, until recently. No one knows for sure what led to the law, but some suspect that it was what’s known as a “blue law,” a term for state and municipal regulations that prohibits commerce on Sundays, when lawmakers thought people should be in church. In this new episode of Asked and Answered, Stephanie Francis Ward explores people’s changing views of laws inspired by Christian outlooks and whether it’s worth changing those laws, even if they are rarely if ever enforced. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
29 minutes | a year ago
Getting real: What happens when clients go on reality TV
Imagine you are meeting a client for the first time, and they show up with a TV camera crew that wants to film your meeting. This month, the Asked and Answered podcast series is exploring the unique curiosities of the law, starting with what it’s like when your client shows up with a camera crew and wants to tell their story on film. In this new episode, Stephanie Francis Ward, host of Asked and Answered, speaks with three lawyers involved in the world of reality television. Music featured in this episode: “On the Line” by Bright Seed “Seriously” by Adrian Walther “Sun And The Moon” by Moments “California Cruisin” by Mikey Geiger “Keys And Thank You” by Fairlight Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
25 minutes | a year ago
The financial costs for firms when women and minority lawyers leave
When you think about all the women and people of color who leave large law firms before making partner, that adds up quickly, says Ripa Rashid, managing director of Culture at Work in New York City. But there are ways to keep diverse lawyers at their firms, she says. In this new episode of the ABA Journal’s Asked and Answered podcast, Ripa talks with Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward about how can firms keep female and minority lawyers from leaving their firms and the high cost for said firms when they depart. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
25 minutes | a year ago
Introverted lawyer offers tips for office holiday parties
Holiday parties can be hard if you’re introverted, and they can be worse if you have social anxiety. But skipping them is not a great idea, says lawyer and author Heidi K. Brown, an associate professor of law and director of legal writing at Brooklyn Law School. In this new episode of the ABA Journal's Asked and Answered podcast, Brown talks to Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward about how to navigate the office holiday party and still appear to be having fun and how to come out of your shell when you'd rather be alone. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
29 minutes | a year ago
What seasoned and new lawyers can learn from each other
Much has been said about getting rewarding mentoring and work opportunities from more-seasoned lawyers. But newer lawyers can also bring knowledge to the table. In this new episode of the ABA Journal’s Asked and Answered podcast, Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward talks to Karen Kaplowitz, founder and president of the New Ellis Group, a business-development consulting firm in New Hope, Pennsylvania, about ways the experience pairing works well—for things like discovering unique business development opportunities—having more diverse legal teams, and finding better ways to use social media in marketing. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
26 minutes | 2 years ago
Pay Attention: CPA serves up financial tips for lawyers
Gary M. DuBoff says he’s very big on paying quarterly tax estimates on time. For many years, he kept a spreadsheet of everything that he spent money on, including coffee. After a year, he says, you may discover that you spend $1,200 on coffee. When it comes to retirement savings, DuBoff, a certified public accountant and a principal at Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra in its New York City office, says if you have an employer, be sure to know about all the benefits offered and take advantage of them. In this episode of Asked and Answered, Stephanie Francis Ward talks to DuBoff about how to live within your means, how to figure out your set costs, and how to budget with what’s left over. Special thanks to our sponsor, LawPay.
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