Category: Inspiration & Motivation

Do you believe in the American Jury System?

The Boston Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and Boston Bar Association presented: Justice and the Jury Trial featuring:

  • The Honorable William G. Young, Judge, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • The Honorable Heidi Brieger, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court Continue reading

CLE Drill Down with Monica Bay

Monica Bay, editor-in-chief, Law Technology News Photo by Maggie Soladay

I am honored to share my interview with legal tech rock star Monica Bay. Bay is a member of the California Bar and editor-in-chief of ALM’s Law Technology News. A graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, she served as vice-chair of the ABA’s Law Student Division in 1981-82, the first part-time student elected a national officer. She won the ABA Law Practice Management section’s 2003 Edge award for her article “Dealing with the Media.”

Nancy Patterson (NP): I enjoyed learning that you were a solo practitioner for a couple years. What is your earliest memory of earning CLEs?

Monica Bay (MB): It’s a long story, but my pre-law school investigative reporting Continue reading

A Tribute to Steve Jobs: Gone But Not Forgotten

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” -Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address, 2005

One year ago on October 5, 2011, we lost a giant in the world of innovation.

There are many things that come to mind when I think of Steve Jobs. If I had to put it into one word, I’d have to say life-changer. Okay. Technically, that may be two words, but seriously, he fed the digital revolution with such passion that even the most reluctant of technology users had to cave. Continue reading

Best Friends at the Bar: An interview with author Susan Smith Blakely

by Stephanie Martin

Best friends at the barThe position in which female law students and new attorneys find themselves at the current time is almost unprecedented. On top of the many normal pressures they and their peers face, these individuals face one of the worst employment climates for new attorneys. Along with those pressures, many of these young women also contemplate their future: their ascent to career success, their happiness in their personal lives, and their ability to balance it all.

Standing at such a crossroads, many of these young women may find themselves searching for a roadmap. Luckily, that roadmap has arrived, in the form of two books written by attorney Susan Smith Blakely. In her Best Friends at the Bar series, Ms. Blakely not only discusses her own experiences navigating the legal profession, but shares the experiences of many practitioners who have achieved success in their own rights. In What Women Need to Know About a Career in the Law, Blakely takes a high-level look at the opportunities and the challenges faced by women in the legal profession Continue reading

Justice Albie Sachs Receives International Human Rights Award

This marks the first in a series of articles inspired by events and continuing legal education sessions I recently attended during the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.   – Nancy Patterson of LITIG8R TECH

ABA Section of Litigation Presents the International Human Rights Award

Albue Sachs

Justice Albie Sachs

On Friday, August 3, 2012, the ABA Section of Litigation held its annual International Human Rights Award and Passing of the Gavel Luncheon. As part of the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, the luncheon was an inspiring event where Justice Albert “Albie” Louis Sachs of The Constitutional Court of South Africa was honored.

We heard from Section Chair Ronald Marmer and special guest Senator Joseph Dunn about the courageous path of Justice Sachs and his leadership role in establishing a  justice system in his country. Dunn graciously accepted the award for Sachs in his absence and, in a video message taped in South Africa, Justice Sachs expressed a genuine thrill to receive this honor, acknowledging that there is still work to be done. Continue reading