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Extraterritoriality, the internet and the right to be forgotten

From a legal policy point of view, the hottest issue might be that of territorial reach of content and privacy regulations.

The two main questions are to what extent laws of one jurisdiction may apply in others, and to what extent such extraterritorial reach may be enforced? In other words,…



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8 ways to enhance workplace inclusivity through physical space and design

While it’s not far-fetched to speculate that changing office temperatures more than a few degrees in either direction could turn the thermostat into courtroom evidence, have entities that are committed to inclusion in the workplace considered whether a rise from 70 to 72 degrees might be enough to keep everyone more comfortable and increase overall productivity?


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On prison and rehabilitation: 'The Shawshank Redemption' 25 years later

For many years, I taught courses in writing, public speaking and literature & film at a Connecticut prison and a New York state maximum-security prison.


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How to prepare yourself and your clients to respond to data breaches

Data breaches are everywhere, and they are expensive. In the first six months of 2019, there were more than 3,800 reported data breaches—a 54% increase from the same period last year—exposing more than 4.1 billion records. The average reported cost of a data breach for an American company is $8.2 million.


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14 ways to discuss diversity in your law firm

Society, as a whole, is recognizing that diversity is important. But, it is so easy to say you want to promote diversity. Increasing diversity is easier said than done, and I think part of the problem is that many are not comfortable talking about diversity or the real issues that people of various races and cultures face.


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How a kindergarten squabble, Perry Mason and a ruined dress lured this lawyer to the law

Now that you’re a lawyer, why did you choose to become a lawyer?

Some of us can answer definitively, and others scratch their heads and hesitate with a blank stare. Let me offer my thoughts on the subject: They go back to an indelible incident back in kindergarten.

Yes, it…



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How lawyers can be more mindful and embrace their spirituality

Motivational writers and “transformational” leaders talk a lot about “mindfulness” and “spirituality.” Having been a lawyer for over 40 years, I often questioned whether that type of philosophy was useful in my life.

After all, being a lawyer was always about study, work, client and community relationships. I was a…



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Readers respond to conservative student's perspective on controversial 'MAGA' hat column

The ABA Journal’s Aug. 7 Your Voice piece, “Conservative student says law school biases infringe on his right to free speech,” by Gonzaga University School of Law student Austin Phelps, has kept the conversation going after lively responses to Gonzaga Professor Jeffrey Omari’s first column on free speech,…



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Bad jokes from judges? Are you kidding me?

Imagine that you and your law partner, along with two opposition lawyers, are in an appellate courtroom for an appeal brought by a cake shop. As expected, all four of you are dressed in conservative business suits. In responding to a question from the bench, one of the other lawyers…



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How to harmonize business relationships and technology

“Most people won’t use the internet to hire a lawyer.”

When a colleague of mine first shared this view back in 2005, I assumed that it was the exception and not the rule. Surely, lawyers understood that their next clients would go online to find answers to their questions, get…



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