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The American Bar Association’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity has announced that Phyllis Randolph Frye, a City of Houston Municipal Courts associate judge who reportedly is the first openly transgender judge to be appointed in Texas, is one of the recipients of the 2017 Stonewall Awards.

American Bar Association Honors Transgender Judge

Appreciating Phyllis Randolph Frye The American Bar Association’s Commission on Sexual  Orientation and Gender Identity has announced that Phyllis Randolph Frye, a City of Houston Municipal Courts associate judge who reportedly is the first openly…

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A one-room, freestanding law office from the late 1700s, now at Old Sturbridge Village, Mass. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

Work in a One-Room Law Office

Who Was John McClellan, and Why Is His Office in Old Sturbridge Village? A desk, a fireplace, and a bookcase full of volumes of American Jurist mark the 1796 office of lawyer John McClellan of…

Geraldine Ferraro made history in 1984, when she became the Democratic vice-presidential nominee.

Geraldine Ferraro Makes History

On July 19, 1984, the Democratic National Convention officially nominated Geraldine Ferraro, a first-generation Italian-American lawyer  and Congressional Representative from Queens, for vice president of the United States. A 1960 graduate of Fordham Law School…

Who is the most remembered lawyer buried in the graveyard at Trinity Church in New York City? Photo credit: Lori Tripoli

That Big Man in Hamilton’s Graveyard Isn’t Hamilton

Who Was the Bewigged, Berobed John Watts? Visit New York City’s Trinity Church graveyard looking for famous lawyers of eras past, and you will likely first see a greening statue of an authoritative figure looming…

Remembering radical Lynne Stewart's legacy #lawyersmakehistory

Tears for Lynne Stewart

Thoughts on the Passing of a Lawyer, Convict, Crusader, Human Somewhere in the sphere of women I admire floats Lynne Stewart, whom I first became aware of in the 1990s. She seemed then one of…

The other guy confessed, but you're the accused. Should the government get to suppress the confession?

The Other Guy Confessed. Shouldn’t You Know?

Marking the Passing of E. Clinton Bamberger Say you happen to be standing trial for murder. Let’s suppose that somehow you got yourself entangled in a bit of a mess and that you weren’t alone when…

What the legal world needs more of: rapt storytellers with engaging, big personalities, who are charismatic, willing to go against the grain, and of course smart and good at what they do.

What Lawyers Can Learn from Tommy Boggs

The legal community suddenly lost one bright light—acclaimed lobbyist Thomas (Tommy) H. Boggs, Jr.—on a September day in 2014. Like or dislike his politics or his clients or his law firm management skills, but appreciate…

The revolutionary at law school

Rebel with a Law Degree

That recently deceased Cuban leader Fidel Castro had gotten a law degree before leading a revolution in his own country triggers all sorts of questions about the role of law and of lawyers, of bar…

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