Question of the Week

552 ABA Journal articles on Question of the Week.

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.
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.
Do you read novels?
Can reading literary fiction help lawyers develop more empathy? Or do reading such works warp your mind a little bit?
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.
How do you use social media to market your practice?

“I spent years studying how other law firms use their voice in social media. Some do a good job, but most do a really bad job,” lawyer Jessica Hoerman of…

Do you ever send handwritten notes to professional contacts?
Can a handwritten note stand out in a sea of emails and text messages?
Are you considering deleting or deactivating your Facebook account?
After the revelation that Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm affiliated with Donald Trump's presidential campaign, had improperly harvested the data of tens of millions of Facebook users, a #DeleteFacebook movement emerged as people questioned whether they want to continue to entrust the social media platform with their personal data.
Do you belong to any social groups for lawyers?
Lawyers are some of the loneliest professionals, according to a recent survey.
How would you amend the Constitution?
This week, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens suggested that students and others who participated in last Saturday's March for Our Lives rallies should demand more than just gun-control legislation—they should demand that the Second Amendment be repealed.
What are your funniest and weirdest stories from the courtroom?
Last week, we took note of a Connecticut man who drove a stolen car to a court hearing on a stolen-car charge.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen forfeited or used as collateral or payment in a case?
Last week, before former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison for securities fraud, he was ordered to forfeit more than $7 million from his own funds or "substitute assets."
Have you ever felt you had to limit contact with a difficult client?

Lawyers can place limitations on their contact with difficult clients as long as the lawyer still “promptly informs and consults with the client on matters within the lawyer’s duty of…

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever heard a judge say during proceedings?
“No man is fit to be a cheesemonger who cannot guess the length of a street.”
What frequently misused—or misspelled—phrases annoy you?
You often can't hear the difference between the “right” and “wrong” versions of common expressions. But in this digital age when so much of our communication is typed, it's easy to fall into language traps—and see whether someone is misusing or misspelling a common expression.
What was your path to law? Twitter threads dazzle
This month, law lecturer Matthew Channon of Exeter University in England encouraged lawyers from less privileged backgrounds to share their stories on Twitter.

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