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ABA announces winners of the 2018 Silver Gavel Awards

The ABA announced winners of the 2018 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts, which recognize outstanding efforts to foster the public’s understanding of law through media.


‘Westworld’ story lines connect with real-world legal issues
A fictional theme park with a wild west theme is the setting for the HBO series Westworld, where guests pay to live out their fantasies. Those familiar with the darker side of the human condition won’t be surprised to learn that these fantasies often entail patrons killing as many of the amusement park hosts as they please.
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.
Harper Lee’s estate settles litigation over Broadway adaptation of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

The estate of Harper Lee has reached a settlement in litigation over its objections to a Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird.

The estate and the production company Rudinplay…

Does Stanley have a mustache? ‘The Office’ illustrates issues with cross-racial identification

As I’ve been writing this column on law and pop culture over the past year or so, I’ve started to realize that…

‘Just Mercy’ author Bryan Stevenson tells stories to change the world
Civil rights attorney, writer and law professor Bryan Stevenson, author of the best-selling Just Mercy, employs well-told stories to reveal the plight of people trapped in the criminal justice system.
‘Mindhunter’ takes us into the world of serial killers
The nature of their chosen career path puts criminal defense attorneys in almost daily contact with people who violate the norms of society and the laws contained in state and federal criminal codes.
Comey book draws on his mob prosecution experience to make loyalty pledge parallels
A memoir by fired FBI director James Comey draws on his experience as a mob prosecutor in making parallels between crime family loyalty oaths and the expectations of President Donald Trump.
Peeps out! See the best of 10 years as we retire annual diorama contest
Love 'em or hate 'em, say goodbye to them.
TMZ encounters RBG at the airport and asks if she would change careers with ‘Judge Judy’

Judith Sheindlin of Judge Judy makes $47 million a year, a fact recently established in a talent agency’s failed legal claim that it wasn’t getting its fair share of the…

Absurdity of courtroom sitcoms like ‘Trial & Error’ still have elements of reality
Going to court, even to pay a simple parking ticket, causes anxiety and trepidation in most folks. After all, court is where the full weight and power of the government can get dropped on you like an Acme Brick from an old Looney Tunes episode.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Peeps in Law diorama contest
We have a re-Peep winner!

The winner of our 10th annual and final Peeps in Law diorama contest is Mulbunny's First Day at the CFPB with 37.29 percent of the vote.
April 13, 1963: Sam Sheppard seeks a new trial
Five months before 'The Fugitive' first aired, F. Lee Bailey challenged the extraordinary 1954 trial and conviction of Dr. Sam Sheppard, on whose case the TV series was based.
‘Serial’ subject should get new murder trial because of ineffective assistance, appeals court says

A Maryland appeals court has ruled that Adnan Syed received ineffective assistance from a lawyer who didn’t contact an alibi witness in his trial for the January 1999 murder of…

‘Hugely wealthy man’ on Pennsylvania Avenue seeks lead lawyer; read the spoof ad for Trump

If you are a Gregory Peck-type lawyer with prior Fox News experience, a “difficult client” who lives on Pennsylvania Avenue is looking to hire.

That’s the message in a fake…

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