Notice of curfew sign at Lake George, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Make the Bluebook More Exciting with Visuals

Can we agree that learning how to cite in Bluebook format can be a bit of a tedious endeavor? As a 1L, I found the Bluebook to be an intimidating work despite its soft cover….


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…


Do you know what your legal secretary is really saying to clients?

Is Your Legal Secretary Annoying Your Clients?

I have to marvel at the experience of a friend who is having his long-time lawyer for various personal matters draft a relatively basic will. Of course, the friend should have signed a will long…


What exactly are federal judges committing to when they take the bench?

The Equality of Poor and Rich, So Help Me God

More than 125 years ago, the first Judiciary Act was passed by the first Congress.  The first president—George Washington—signed it the same day. The Judiciary Act of 1789, 1 Stat. 73 (Sept. 24, 1789) establishes district…


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…


Law firm histories make clients and lawyers feel good and help preserve institutional memory, but someone needs to determine who will play a starring role in the work.

Who Merits Mention in a Firm’s History?

Firm histories, compiled in self-published or custom-published books, are feel-good ways to inspire both prospective hires as well as current and prospective clients. Knowing of a firm’s longevity and its typically humble roots, about big…


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