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ABA Journal: Asked and Answered

ABA Journal: Asked and Answered features top of the industry guests discussing various legal topics.

Jul 6, 2015
How can lawyers maximize relaxation while on vacation?

We’d all love to be able to unplug completely while we’re on vacation, but for many lawyers it’s not that simple. Meeting your duty to your clients might mean that you can’t just leave your phone at home. But how can you keep distractions to a minimum and make the most out of your time...

Jun 1, 2015
Cannabis businesses need lawyers, but how can you build a marijuana practice?

It’s a federal offense to grow, sell or use marijuana, but a growing number of states have laws permitting its use under specific circumstances. In Alaska, Oregon, Colorado and Washington, the product is available for recreational use. In Colorado and Washington, it may be sold commercially, and is taxed and regulated by the state. The...

May 4, 2015
So you want to practice overseas?

Have you ever daydreamed about having a career abroad? Before saying “bon voyage,” you should know what’s involved. In this month’s Asked and Answered podcast, moderator Stephanie Francis Ward will find out tips and advice on developing a practice beyond U.S. borders.

Apr 6, 2015
Would your practice be prepared if something happened to you? These tips can give you peace of mind.

If the unthinkable happens, will your practice be ready for an intermediary to take over or help with a transition?  Do you know what would happen if you–or one of your colleagues–should suddenly die or become incapacitated? The ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with two experts about tools and systems you can put in...

Mar 2, 2015
How can attorneys get help without harming their careers?

With such a stressful profession, many attorneys face addiction and other mental health issues. If you find yourself struggling–or know another lawyer who is–what resources are out there? Does admitting a problem have to harm your career? What are your ethical duties if you do know that a colleague is battling an addiction or suffering...

Feb 2, 2015
How a new program uses law students to cut costs and acrimony for divorcing couples

In the wake of divorce, many families find themselves emotionally and financially devastated. If you’re in the heat of a legal battle, it’s easy to go to far and create acrimony with your ex-spouse which can poison any chance at a cordial future relationship–and drain both sides’ bank accounts to pay for attorney fees. But...

Jan 5, 2015
Linda Greenhouse and Jonathan Turley discuss the relationship between courts and the press

In this month’s Asked and Answered podcast, moderator Stephanie Francis Ward talks to Linda Greenhouse and Jonathan Turley about the past, present and future of legal journalism, and how it has influenced courts. Greenhouse reported on the U.S. Supreme Court for the New York Times for four decades, and is now the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer...

Dec 1, 2014
How lawyers can use social media responsibly to promote their clients’ cases

Social media is an easy (and often free) tool that litigators can use to share their clients’ stories. But how much is too much, and what if you post something that you’ll regret later? In this month’s Asked & Answered podcast, we speak with Anthony C. Johnson, a plaintiffs personal injury lawyer who previously owned...

Nov 3, 2014
How to Network Without Feeling Slimy

Lawyers are often told how important professional networking is. But many find it so uncomfortable they feel physically dirty. Why is professional networking so distressing to so many? And how can you overcome it and be successful? In this month’s Asked and Answered podcast, we speak to Tiziana Casciaro, one of the authors of a...

Oct 6, 2014
Do you have what it takes to be a rural lawyer?

Many young law grads are being urged to move out of large cities and into rural areas, where there aren’t as many attorneys competing for work. As we reported in the ABA Journal’s October cover story, there are many small communities in rural America that are woefully underserved, and access to justice is a real problem....

Sep 8, 2014
How do you provide client hand-holding if you run a virtual firm? (podcast)

This month, in connection with our Legal Rebels project, we wanted to look at the growing field of virtual law practices. Opportunities are growing for lawyers to practice law in digital spaces. But clients still want and need individual attention. If you have a virtual law practice, how can you provide the hand-holding necessary for...

Aug 4, 2014
How do we fix the school-to-prison pipeline? (podcast with transcript)

Zero tolerance discipline policies were once all the rage in schools. But instead of improving test scores and graduation rates, zero tolerance policies were shown to actually reduce them, says Daniel Losen, director of the Civil Rights Project’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies. Research also showed that in practice, many children—especially children of color and...

Jul 7, 2014
Bryan Garner on legal neologisms and how ‘Black’s Law Dictionary’ keeps up (podcast with transcript)

Language is a living thing. New words and phrases—or even grammatical shifts—mean that a lexicographer’s work is never truly complete. This month, we’re speaking with Bryan A. Garner, the editor-in-chief of Black’s Law Dictionary, president of LawProse Inc. and author of the ABA Journal column Bryan Garner on Words. He’ll share with us what goes...

Jun 2, 2014
How to deal with high-conflict clients (podcast with transcript)

For some clients, it seems like no matter what facts you present them with, you just can’t make them see the reality of their situation. They want to battle every step of the way to “have their day in court,” even when it’s not in their best interest. ABA Journal reporter Stephanie Francis Ward speaks...

May 5, 2014
Free yourself from notecards at trial with these tips (podcast with transcript)

Great trial lawyers should be great storytellers. But how do you remember everything you need to, and look confident while doing it? To find out, we spoke with Billy Martin, who is a high-profile Washington, D.C., lawyer and the veteran of more than 150 jury trials. Notecards should be used as props, not crutches, he...

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Stephanie Francis Ward

Stephanie Francis Ward, a legal affairs writer, joined the ABA Journal staff in 2001. Stephanie had worked as a...