Entries by GR

How Lawyers Can Turn Losing Into Winning

https://www.rocketmatter.com/general/how-lawyers-can-turn-losing-into-winning/   When I was a first-year law student, my Constitutional Law professor announced that he originally wanted to be a trial lawyer, but after losing his first ten trials, he decided he better teach law than practice it. My initial reaction was that maybe he shouldn’t have shared that but now I understand that […]

How to be a better lawyer

https://abovethelaw.com/career-files/how-to-be-a-better-lawyer/   I am a former family lawyer with 27 years of trial experience. I also spent a great deal of time volunteering with lawyers with addiction and substance abuse problems, as well as representing several lawyers in disbarment proceedings. Lawyers are often surprised when they read their local bar journals and find that their […]

The ABA and Politics

The American Bar Association has been making headlines recently regarding its position on the SCOTUS nomination process. I question the ABA’s role in any political process. The issue is whether the ABA should be taking positions relative to the political process or should it leave that to its individual members. Specifically, the ABA gave Brett […]

Balancing Law and Life

  I have been wondering what the heck the role of lawyers has been recently, especially since some have thrust themselves into the national debate so dramatically Any lawyer in the national debate has been calling their favorite reporter or appearing on national TV to give their own opinion about the pros and cons on […]

The Court of Common Please

It is said that one page of history is more important in explaining the law than ten thousand pages of logic. One thousand years ago, the Court of Common Pleas was formed in England for commoners to sue each other if the matter did not involve the King. There were two other major courts involving […]

Why Attorneys Need To Pay Attention To Spirituality

According to many studies, lawyers (especially family lawyers) have some of the highest stress, depression, anxiety and addiction levels of any profession. Some studies have cited that attorneys have three times the level of alcoholism and depression than the general populace. Even though lawyers have known these statistics for years, nothing seems to be changing. […]

Are Headline Seeking Attorneys a Threat to Ethical Principles-Part 1

Most lawyers are familiar with the line from Shakespeare’s Henry VI by Dick the Butcher:  “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” What many people do not know is the line is usually taken out of context, for it was referring to sowing discord and anarchy in a backhanded recognition of attorneys’ role in keeping […]

Why Lawyers (and others) Quit

When I quit practicing law in 2004 after 27 years of being an attorney, I felt like I had failed my parents, my family and myself. I couldn’t take it anymore; the practice of a general trial lawyer had ceased being the adventure of a white knight and had become the nightmare of a palace dwarf. […]

Due Process and Supreme Court Nominations

As the recent history of Supreme Court nominations has played out, appointment to the highest Court in the land has become more and more political. In 2016, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace him. Prior to 2016, with the exceptions of Clarence Thomas and Robert Bork, nomination […]

New Article Posted in Rocket Matter

Rocket Matter, a international legal online journal has asked me to be a monthly contributor. This is the first article selected:   https://www.rocketmatter.com/op-ed/headline-seeking-attorneys-threat-ethical-principles-part-1/

Another article published in Above The Law

As Legal Professionals: We Are Strong Lawyers are taught to think negatively, trying to anticipate worst-case scenarios and what can go wrong. https://abovethelaw.com/career-files/as-legal-professionals-we-are-strong/ You can read all of my articles published in Above The Law here:  https://abovethelaw.com/?s=james+gray+robinson