The world’s most beloved Beagle—Snoopy—and his doghouse at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

One Law that Really Is Nuts … Peanuts!

A Little History from Pub. L. No. 106–225 Let’s agree that legislative drafting is a fine art that not many in Congress—or in Congressional offices—get exactly right. And sometimes, even reading through statutes with a…


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…


The mysteries of the Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Battle of Hastings in 1066, have been uncovered by a lawyer and writer. Photo credit: V. Laino

Lawyers Write History: The Mystery of the Bayeux Tapestry

William the Conqueror, the Battle of Hastings, and the Lawyer Writer who Figured It All Out As some in the legal community contemplate the transferability of skills they picked up in law school—as gainful employment…


The Old Courthouse, Cong, County Mayo, Ireland. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Courthouses around the World: Old Courthouse, Cong, Ireland

An Approachable Courthouse in County Mayo The Old Courthouse on Abbey Street in Cong, Ireland now serves as a tourist office. The Proclamation of the Irish Republic is displayed outside, as it is at other…


A new scholarship announced by the law firm Koenig & Long gives high school students who are less than perfect a second chance.

Money for Trouble

Law Firm Announces College Scholarship for Disruptors At a moment when Harvard is moving beyond the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), when many of us who have reached a certain distance from our own law…


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…


What we can learn from the life and death of Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade

Not Exactly a Roe Model

The Life and Death of Roe v. Wade Class Action Plaintiff Norma McCorvey Obituaries of the recently deceased Norma McCorvey, perhaps best known as the class action plaintiff pseudonymously named Jane Roe in the Supreme Court…


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…


Mixing professional courtesy and legal humor

Do Sharks Tell Lawyer Jokes?

I’ll admit that, when snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands a few years back, that old saw about sharks granting a lawyer a reprieve due to professional courtesy did cross my mind. The shark I saw…


Avoid a power vacuum after a partner dies.

The Day After a Partner Dies

Of course, every law firm should have some sort of succession plan in place, and a firm’s partnership agreement may well address it. But, as a practical matter, what happens the day after the name…


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