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FBI overestimated the number of encrypted phones while arguing for workarounds
The FBI has admitted that it overestimated—by potentially 550 percent, sources say—the number of cellphones investigators cannot access due to encryption.
Do you believe you are fairly compensated for your work?
This week, we noted a Martindale Legal Marketing Network survey of 6,900 solo and small-firm lawyers in which 68 percent reported they felt they were fairly compensated for their work.
How Nixon used a law firm stint to resurrect his political career and win the presidency (podcast)
After losing both the 1960 presidential election and the 1962 California governor’s race, Richard Milhous Nixon vowed at a press conference: “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore” and seemed to have written the epitaph to his political career. He left for New York and became a partner in a white shoe law firm. Yet six years later, he would win the White House, in no small part because of that firm.
Want to improve AI for law? Let’s talk about public data and collaboration
When data scientists want to know if their artificial intelligence software can recognize handwritten digits, they have to test it. For most, this means taking a dataset of black-and-white handwritten symbols and running it through the software.
Improving access to justice via technology
“Access to justice” is an interesting phrase. It suggests a right to justice, one that is generally accepted as a fundamental part of American culture and which is recognized in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. But, in today’s world, access to justice is too often only theoretical.
What is the most you’ve ever billed or worked in a year?
This week we took note of Daniel Bliss, a Michigan lawyer who reported in an annual survey conducted by the publishers of American Lawyer that he billed 3,600 hours last year. That's about 70 hours per week—every week.
It’s time to enter the ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction
It's time to get creative. Entries are being accepted for the 2018 ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction through 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 1.
From paper to digital documents, Judge Andrew Peck traveled (and set) the discovery trail (podcast)
For litigators accustomed to conducting discovery inside large warehouses surrounded by hundreds, if not thousands, of cardboard file boxes, combing through several forests' worth of paper to find the few relevant documents was like trying to find the needle in the haystack.
Help select the winner of the 2018 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction
The finalists for the 2018 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction have been announced, and now readers will have a chance to weigh in.

The books nominated for the eighth annual award are Exposed, by Lisa Scottoline; Proof, by C. E. Tobisman; and Testimony, by Scott Turow.
Cartoon Poll: Pick the purrfect caption that gets your tail wagging

We had a doggone blast perusing more than 200 entries for this month’s cat-and-canine-themed cartoon caption contest. But we need your help to determine the winner. The caption that gets…

ABA Journal wins best Web News Section and other national honors at 2018 Azbee Awards
ABAJournal.com won a national gold award for best Web News Section and the ABA Journal received an honorable mention for Magazine of the Year in its revenue category at the 2018 Azbee Awards. The awards, given by the American Society of Business Publication Editors on Thursday in Washington, D.C., recognize outstanding work by business-to-business, trade, association or professional publications.
How can we fight to reduce bias? 6th Circuit judge shares her thoughts (podcast)
Studies have shown that implicit bias is something that affects everyone to some degree. So what steps can legal professionals at all ranks take to make the justice system fairer and more equitable?

In this episode of the Modern Law Library, the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles speaks with Judge Bernice Donald of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and professor Sarah E. Redfield of the University of New Hampshire School of Law about Enhancing Justice: Reducing Bias, a book published by the ABA.
Do you read novels?
Can reading literary fiction help lawyers develop more empathy? Or do reading such works warp your mind a little bit?
Judges and the administrative state
The term “administrative state,” or the more pejorative term “deep state” are trending concepts that conjure up images of conspiracies and government bureaucrats run amok.
Should SCOTUS arguments be livestreamed?
Last week, in a break from usual practice, the U.S. Supreme Court released audio of oral arguments in Trump v. Hawaii, which concerned the legality of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

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