Stephanie Francis Ward

Stephanie Francis Ward

Host of ABA Journal: Asked and Answered

Stephanie Francis Ward, a legal affairs writer, joined the ABA Journal staff in 2001. Stephanie had worked as a reporter for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and California Law Business, a publication of the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals. She earned her B.A. in journalism from California State University at Long Beach.

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September 26, 2022

Employment outcomes were great for 2021 law school graduates; is that a sign of caution?

Based on high employment numbers for 2007 graduates, many law schools admitted more students than they should for the following years.

August 29, 2022

Lawyer who moved from Ukraine to US now has opportunity to help others facing similar situations

An immigration attorney started doing pro bono work for Ukrainian immigrants in February, shortly after Russia invaded the country.

July 25, 2022

Following her experiences, former law clerk seeks support for the Judiciary Accountability Act

The president and co-founder of the Legal Accountability Project focuses on helping law clerks have positive experiences.

June 27, 2022

Think you won’t pass the July bar exam? So did many others, but they did, say lawyers

Even if candidates haven’t done as much studying as they should by the end June, it’s not too late.

May 30, 2022

After a not-so-great elementary school experience, teen law school grad wants career in education policy

Haley Taylor Schlitz left public school at age 10 and at age 19 may be the youngest Black person to complete a JD program.

April 25, 2022

As states consider regulation targeting transgender youths, some minds have been changed

A lawyer at the National Center for Lesbian Rights says despite several legislative obstacles, many LGBTQ clients are finding support from churches, neighbors and schools.

March 28, 2022

Want to be a successful litigator? Come to the office, say 2 BigLaw trial lawyers

"This idea that we’ll all be sitting at home practicing law, I don’t think that will work," says a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell.

February 28, 2022

The country has a long way to go with ADA compliance, say 2 civil rights lawyers

Two civil rights attorneys are featured in this new Asked and Answered podcast, which is looking at how the practice of law has changed over the years.

January 31, 2022

Control is often an issue in breakups, and COVID-19 made it worse, say 2 family law attorneys

Two family law lawyers say it’s much simpler representing clients now, thanks to virtual depositions and court hearings.

December 27, 2021

Do federal jurors still care whether a witness is caught in a lie? Not as much, say 2 veteran litigators

Two veteran litigators are featured in this month’s Asked and Answered podcast, which is looking at how litigation has changed over the years.

November 29, 2021

3 decades ago, legal headhunting required more time for fewer placements

Two female recruiters are featured in this month’s Asked and Answered podcast, which is looking at how legal recruiting has changed over the years, including an incredibly hot job market for 2021.

October 25, 2021

When most of law school faculty were straight white men, how did those who were not bring change?

This month’s Asked and Answered podcast looks at how work environments have changed for female law school faculty.

September 27, 2021

How has practicing in the Supreme Court changed throughout the years?

This month’s Asked and Answered podcast is looking at how advocacy has changed in the country’s highest court. It’s part of a special series on how lawyers’ work has changed over the...

August 30, 2021

Following a viral video, Harvard Law School student finds ways to connect remotely

A Harvard Law School student has been connecting with classmates and professors remotely over the past year.

July 26, 2021

For this lawyer, becoming more flexible was a benefit of the pandemic

Lawyer Patrick Krill learned to be more flexible during the pandemic, with inspiration from "Be Water," an ESPN documentary about martial artist and actor Bruce Lee.

June 28, 2021

Saying yes has been part of this law school dean’s strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Law dean Hari Osofsky wonders whether some aspects of the pandemic might stay with legal education, which she has thought was on the brink of significant change even before the pandemic.

June 1, 2021

A year after his COVID-19 recovery, Above the Law founder David Lat makes some big changes

Lawyer and author David Lat thinks remote working for lawyers is here for the foreseeable future, and that’s just one of the many significant changes that he sees the pandemic bringing to...

April 26, 2021

The pandemic brought this lawyer to legal commentary, and the work includes sponsorship deals

Lawyer and influencer Emily D. Baker thinks YouTube is a great place to teach people how the law works.

March 29, 2021

The pandemic has not slowed down Howard Bashman of How Appealing

Howard Bashman of How Appealing discusses blogging during COVID-19 and how appellate work in Pennsylvania has changed in the pandemic.

February 22, 2021

Public defender with Patreon for FOIA lawsuits shares her thoughts on lawyers and social media

Lawyer Beth Bourdon is willing to go places where other attorneys may be hesitant, including this summer when she joined Parler.

January 25, 2021

Law prof focuses on positives from the COVID-19 pandemic

A Colorado law professor recently discussed how he incorporates mindfulness in his life and finding “pandemic positives” with ABA Journal Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward.

December 28, 2020

What it’s like to argue before the Supreme Court during COVID-19

SCOTUS lawyer Jeffrey L. Fisher breaks down how he had to adapt during the coronavirus crisis for three recent Supreme Court cases that he argued.

November 30, 2020

Law prof finds ways to connect remotely amid historic election and COVID-19 restrictions

Law professor April Dawson talks to Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward about finding creative ways to use technology in the classroom, even before the pandemic.

October 26, 2020

How to maximize your business development during the COVID-19 crisis

Karen Kaplowitz talks with the ABA Journal's Stephanie Francis Ward about how many people are discovering the benefits of long-term telecommuting and why they may continue to support the work schedules after...

September 28, 2020

How is the lawyer known as ‘Popehat’ on Twitter keeping busy during the pandemic?

Kenneth White, a former assistant U.S. attorney known as "Popehat" on Twitter, spoke with ABA Journal Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward about what he's been up to during the COVID-19 crisis.

August 31, 2020

This law prof has been fighting off Twitter trolls during the coronavirus crisis

Veena Dubal tells listeners about her experience with online trolls during the pandemic and how she deals with them.

July 27, 2020

2020 Harvard Law grad postpones bar exam and her wedding plans because of COVID-19

Molly Coleman updates listeners on the latest going on in her life: moving back to her home, her decision to forgo the bar exam this year and postponing her wedding to 2021.

June 29, 2020

COVID-19 hasn’t stopped this lawyer from advocating for wellness and recovery

Brian Cuban chats 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.

May 26, 2020

Can cyborg lawyers convince their clients to listen?

Colin Rule, Warren Agin, Sherrill Ellsworth, and Joshua Browder talk about how their apps are working to help detect and block sarcasm in texts between parents fighting with each other.

April 27, 2020

Trials and tiaras: How do pageant winners fare as lawyers?

Ashley Halfman, Teresa Scanlan and Bill Alverson talk about the similarities between the pageant circuit, law school and the practice of law with pageant winners or working as a pageant coach.

March 30, 2020

How to practice law remotely and efficiently during the COVID-19 crisis

Shauna Barnes 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.

February 24, 2020

Why did a Georgia city prohibit tattoos on Sundays?

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.

January 27, 2020

Getting real: What happens when clients go on reality TV

Stephanie Francis Ward, host of Asked and Answered, speaks with three lawyers, Dustin Sullivan, Michael Beck and Jerry Buting, who are all involved in the world of reality television.

December 30, 2019

The financial costs for firms when women and minority lawyers leave

Ripa Rashid 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.

November 25, 2019

Introverted lawyer offers tips for office holiday parties

Heidi Brown talks 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.

October 28, 2019

What seasoned and new lawyers can learn from each other

Karen Kaplowitz talks about how newer and older lawyers can work together and discover unique business development opportunities, while also having more a diverse legal teams, and finding better ways to use...

September 30, 2019

Pay Attention: CPA serves up financial tips for lawyers

Gary DuBoff talks about how to live within your means, how to figure out your set costs, and how to budget with what’s left over.

August 26, 2019

Speak Up: Tips for lawyers on how to give an impactful public speech

Gerard Gregoire offers his own public speaking tips for lawyers and explains why it’s important to be authentic and connect with your audience.

August 14, 2019

How experiential learning became the norm

The past 10 years have brought a sea change to legal education, says Legal Rebel Rodney Smolla.

July 29, 2019

First-year lawyer offers self-care tips and shares how he learned to quiet his mind post-law school

Michael Anspach talks about his road to success after law school, his self-care tips and how he learned to quiet his mind.

July 17, 2019

What’s your brand? Max Miller has some thoughts

Max Miller give his thoughts on how to be a 'thought leader' without having to brand it on your Linkedin page.

June 24, 2019

Want to go to law school? This teen has some tips

Haley Taylor Schlitz talks about how she stays organized and discusses her summer planning before starting law school at Southern Methodist University this fall.

June 12, 2019

Avvo founder Mark Britton unwinds as he thinks about next step

Mark Britton, founder of Avvo, gives listeners a dive into the company and talks about what his next steps will be while he's taking a break.

May 28, 2019

Amped Up: ADHD med abuse in the legal profession

Patrick Krill speaks out about the issues and dangers of illegal prescription stimulants.

April 29, 2019

Where the Jobs Are: Hot careers for the Class of 2019

Valerie Fontaine of SeltzerFontaine speaks about potential slowdowns and how lawyers can be thinking ahead to recession-proof their practices.

March 25, 2019

Your client’s gone viral–now what?

Pete Wentz shares how to address online controversies at the right time and what commonly given legal advice turns out to be the least helpful in putting out fires.

March 4, 2019

ABA TECHSHOW 2019: Keynote Address

Betsy Ziegler talks about her keynote addressing how advancements in technology will shape the legal industry in years to come.

February 25, 2019

Bullying from the Bench: How to cope in court

Roula Allouch gives advice and information about tactics you can use to protect yourself from a bully on the bench without hurting your client's case.

February 13, 2019

Leading advocate for diversity in legal industry hasn’t seen much progress in 10 years

Emery Harlan, co-founder of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms, talks about how little has changed for diversity in the profession.

January 28, 2019

Finding the Right Fit: Creating a career you love

Samorn Selim shares what she learned about finding the right career fit.