Personal Lives

1416 ABA Journal Personal Lives articles.

A life of legal firsts—including romance and marriage
I graduated from Columbia Law School in 1945, 20 years before the Civil Rights Act made it illegal to discriminate in employment on the basis of sex. Although some eastern law schools—Yale and Columbia, but heavens, not Harvard—already admitted women, female graduates couldn’t expect to be recommended as law clerks to sitting judges, no matter how well their records stacked up against their male classmates.
How to escape the golden handcuffs? Anonymous BigLaw associate offers extreme savings tips
Want to retire from BigLaw practice early to pursue other things? The answer lies in the FIRE movement, which stands for “financial independence, retire early," according to an anonymous New York City associate.
Have you ever won elected office?

Some ABA members hear the call of political office, and several found success in 2018 midterm elections. They’ve even credited lessons learned through ABA experiences with helping them achieve their…

Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says she has probable early-stage Alzheimer’s disease
Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is no longer making public appearances following a diagnosis of probable early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.
Patent partner at Perkins Coie writes novel that is a ‘wild success’

Inspired by his own extensive work travel, a Perkins Coie patent partner in San Diego has published a debut novel about an air marshal who is ambushed while protecting a…

Being smart isn’t as admirable as you may think

There are certain things that matter more to me than I care to admit. Chief among them have been my accomplishments when compared to my peer group and how I am perceived by others. Along these lines, I used to place a lot of value in being described as smart.

Meet the lawyer-‘Daderina’ who came to the aid of his panicked daughter in this viral video

The “Daderina” shown in this viral video helping his panicked ballerina daughter is Marc Daniels, a lawyer in Bermuda.

Daniels took to…

Lawyers weigh in: How to prevent stress, substance abuse and depression in the profession
Recently I wrote the Your Voice column "Lawyers weigh in: Why is there a depression epidemic in the profession?" Even though I’ve learned a lot about this topic through my job at Rocket Matter, I was still shocked by the responses and by how attorneys view their own industry.
Kentucky Derby is a win for Frost Brown Todd and its chairman emeritus

Frost Brown Todd—the largest law firm in Louisville, Kentucky—entertained clients during a week of Kentucky Derby events, while its chairman emeritus had an even bigger stake in the Run for…

Sotomayor will have shoulder surgery Tuesday

Justice Sonia Sotomayor will have shoulder surgery Tuesday for a broken left shoulder suffered in a fall April 16.

Sotomayor, 63, will have a procedure known as reverse total…

Justice Sotomayor is expected to keep working despite breaking her shoulder

Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be wearing a sling for several weeks after breaking her shoulder on Monday.

The court’s information office said 63-year-old Sotomayor broke her shoulder in a morning…

Onetime high school dropout and single mom celebrates her law school graduation in viral photo
Ieshia Champs has come a long way since she dropped out of high school and had her first child at age 19. The 33-year-old Texas woman will be graduating magna cum laude from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law in May.
7 Marathons, 7 Continents, 7 Days
Bret I. Parker, executive director of the New York City Bar Association, ran the World Marathon Challenge: seven marathons on seven continents in seven consecutive days.
Video of lawyer wearing his Elsa dress pushing police vehicle out of snow goes viral
Attorney Jonathan Triplett was saving his costume of Queen Elsa from Frozen for a snowy day. Boston provided one Tuesday, when a nor'easter dumped more than 14 inches of snow at Logan Airport.
Justice Sotomayor resumes her schedule after paramedics are called to her home on Friday

Updated: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomoyor showed up at work on Friday after paramedics were called to her home to treat low blood sugar.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said…

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