Silence. That was the heart of Emma González’s speech at March for Our Lives on March 24. After a introductory remarks, she named the 17 dead and the small experiences in life they would never partake of again. Then she stood, silent, for the remainder of six minutes and 20 seconds—the time it took for … Continue reading Silence for lawyers
While attempting—as an adult—to learn how to swim properly, the experience gave me a whole new appreciation for what 1L legal writing students go through. The idea of adults trying new things in middle age is a whole genre, found in a variety of essays and books, e.g. What I learned as the worst student … Continue reading A digression: re-learning to swim
It’s that time of year when 1Ls start preparing for their first oral argument. In a class on how to prepare, I’ll be sure to share this tweet from experienced SCOTUS advocate Bob Loeb of Orrick: The card given to you by the Supreme Court Clerk before argument has last minute advice. pic.twitter.com/j6l63f9ZLa — Bob … Continue reading “May it please the Court…”
https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/966470869475381248 “I hear you.” Those words can be powerful. They can also be scripted. At his listening session with survivors of mass shootings at schools and families of victims, President Trump was photographed holding a notecard with five points. They included questions such as “What would you most want me to know about your experience?” … Continue reading “I hear you”
It’s so difficult to balance empathy with advice. This post from Joe Regalia in the ABA Before the Bar Blog achieves that balance in addressing a very sensitive subject: life after failing the bar exam. Joe acknowledges that the community of those who have failed the bar is something of a “secret society,” one that … Continue reading Supporting those who failed the bar
How can I be an ally? How can I let people know I’m really ready to listen? At the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers’ CLE on women in leadership held today at the State Bar of Georgia, several participants shared their desire to help and to listen. Discussions around #MeToo are bringing out stories suppressed sometimes for … Continue reading Ready to listen
Many thanks to Rhani M. Lott of Emory Law School for this guest post. “I do want to thank you, first, Judge Aquilina, for giving all of us the chance to reclaim our voices. Our voices were taken from us for so long, and I’m grateful beyond what I can express that you have given us the … Continue reading How Should Judges Listen to Victim Impact Statements?
Darktown by Thomas Mullen is the first book I’ve read this year, and I do recommend it. It’s a police-procedural suspense book set in Atlanta in 1948, the year the Atlanta Police Department opened a police precinct with the APD’s first Black officers. The APD, somewhat cleansed of its KKK elements (although not really), was … Continue reading Suppressive listening: Book review of Darktown
Today my Emory Law colleague Ben Chapman and I launched the fourth iteration of our class, Advanced Legal Writing: Blogging and Social Media for Lawyers. This is a "cool class" (according to an upcoming issue of the Emory magazine) where students explore and practice the genre of legal blogging. Their final exam is to select … Continue reading Tending your garden
In-house lawyer @J_Dot_J has described it most directly: Client: You probably have the coolest job. Yes. I stay awake at night, crippled with anxiety and my mind racing, so you don't have to. — JJ Lang Syne (@J_Dot_J) November 4, 2017 A law student once shared a related concept to describe his coping mechanism, especially … Continue reading Lawyer as anxiety filter?