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5 Sep, 2011

The ABA Is Full Of It

2019-03-18T18:47:54-05:00September 5th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

A few weeks ago the New York Times published this piece addressing the serious issue that “most low-income Americans cannot afford a lawyer to defend their legal interests, no matter how urgent the issue.” The Times suggested several ways to provide better access to justice for low-income people. Those suggestions included allowing [...]

3 Jun, 2011

Law in the Media

2019-03-18T18:47:58-05:00June 3rd, 2011|

Ann E. Tenbrunsel and Max H. Bazerman in Freakonomics, Wednesday, June 01, 2011, Launching Into Unethical Behavior: Lessons from the Challenger Disaster Tenbrunsel and Bazerman evaluate the decision processes that led to the 1986 Challenger explosion “through a modern day ‘behavioral ethics’ lens.” The piece ties the ethical fallacies apparent in the [...]

3 Feb, 2011

The Solo Practitioner

2019-03-18T18:48:07-05:00February 3rd, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

On January 25th, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Fordham Law Review Symposium. Everyone that my wife, Annie, and I met from Fordham was gracious and welcoming. The topic of the discussion was the difficulties faced by pro se litigants, and it was enlightening to hear the varying perspectives; from Federal Judge James Francis, who must routinely deal with pro se prisoners filing civil suits to Columbia Professor Brett Dignam, who has been involved with prisoner rights litigation for over 20 years. I think the law profession, generally, tends to discount pro se litigants but that was not the feeling around the room on this night.