Commentary

Will Big Law Lead to Protect the Rule of Law?

By Susan Beck |

OPINION: The ABA and private bar have a pivotal role in defending the profession’s core values.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

What's Next For Whistleblowers?

By Alan Kabat and Kristen Sinisi |

OPINION: President-elect Trump has vowed to ''dismantle'' Dodd-Frank. Is the whistleblower program at risk?

Antonin Scalia

Scalia's Sharp Rhetoric Could Delight, But So, Too, Could It Injure

By Tony Mauro |

OPINION: A law professor says the justice's writings lacked empathy, which may hurt his legacy.

Mike Pence.

In Trying to Shield Disclosure of His Emails, Pence Wants It Both Ways

By Jenna Greene |

OPINION: His court battle is especially hypocritical given his demands of Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Costa Mesa California to Thousands of Supporters. May 25, 2016.

Can Trump Bring About Immigration Reform?

By Delisa J.F. Bressler |

OPINION: The president-elect has already begun to refine his position on building a border wall.

Taking a New Look at How We Handle Judicial Misconduct Allegations

By Gabe Roth |

OPINION: The Judicial Conduct and Disability Act leaves out U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Donald Trump.

Trump’s Promises: Can He Deliver?

By Alan B. Morrison |

Now that Donald Trump has won the presidency, one big question is whether he can deliver on his promises.

U.S. Supreme Court.

Why the Supreme Court Must Enforce 'Atkins ' Protection in Capital Cases

By John Blume |

OPINION: Later this month, Texas' legal standard on the intellectually disabled will be examined.

James Comey, Director of the FBI, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing titled

Sen. Whitehouse: Comey Violated Important Principle by Disclosing Emails Investigation to Congress

By Sheldon Whitehouse |

"If you can't make your case, as a prosecutor you shut up and move on," says the former Rhode Island attorney general and U.S. attorney.

Women Leaders in Technology Law event held at the W Hotel in San Francisco

To Build a Winning Career, Team and Business Means Being 'Intentional'

By Salle Yoo |

OPINION: Even when you don't think you are ready, leaping at opportunities will make you grow.

Asher Waite-Jones.

Being Homeless Isn't a Crime.

By Asher Waite-Jones |

OPINION: A young lawyer details his experience advocating for the homeless in the San Francisco Bay Area.

What the Partner Pay Gap Tells Us About Bias

By Joan C. Williams and Marina Multhaup |

OPINION: Woman partners report in a new survey that they may not get fair credit for business they bring in.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Unheralded Game-Changers in the D.C. Circuit's CFPB Ruling

By Maria B. Earley and Robert M. Jaworski |

OPINION: Among them, the agency's enforcement actions fall under the statute of limitations.

Howard University School of Law.

HBCU Law Deans Say ABA Bar-Passage Rule Changes Will Hurt Profession's Diversity

By Dannye Holley, Danielle Holley-Walker, John Pierre, Felecia Epps, Phyliss Craig-Taylor and James Douglass |

OPINION: The proposed changes to the American Bar Association's bar-passage standard need to consider the impact on historically black colleges and universities.

Former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf

Heineman: Where Were the Wells Fargo Lawyers?

By Ben W. Heineman Jr. |

OPINION: An ex-General Electric GC says an investigation should assess the accountability of management.

Challenges to State Voter ID Laws Signal Our Need for a Ninth Justice

By David Gans |

OPINION: Federal courts have been key in upholding the fundamental right to vote.

Tim Kaine and Mike Pence

Law Enforcement is Taking a Look at Implicit Bias — Lawyers Should Too

By Susan Brooks |

OPINION: Law firms are lagging behind their government colleagues in addressing the issue.

It's Time for Candidates to Address the Justice Gap

By Martha Bergmark |

OPINION: Three lawyers are running for president or vice president. They must advocate for the underserved.

Will JASTA Yield More Lawsuits Over Terror?

By Jeremy D. Frey |

OPINION: Civil liability for those who aid terrorism is now law. But there may be unintended consequences.

Law Schools Must Confront Students' Alcohol, Mental Health Issues

By Patrick Krill |

OPINION: Lawyers in their first 10 years of practice are problem-drinking at the highest levels.

UNT Dallas College of Law prospective and admitted students for the first class seated in fall 2014 attend a day-long event each Spring to visit the law school campus and learn more about the College of Law from numerous panels of faculty, current students, admissions, financial aid, career services, and student life. Meeting potential classmates from all walks of life allows future students to experience the inclusive environment at the law schoool.  Photo: Scott Peek Photography

In These Times, Innovation in Legal Education Should be Applauded

By Erwin Chemerinsky |

OPINION: The ABA should grant provisional accreditation to UNT Dallas College of Law.

Daniel Rodriguez, left, and Craig Boise, right.

A Tightened Bar Passage Standard is Needed

By Daniel Rodriguez and Craig Boise |

OPINION: An ABA proposal would make law schools ensure 75 percent of their graduates pass after two tries.

The John Minor Wisdom courthouse, home of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Extraordinary Injustice in Texas Death Penalty Case Needs SCOTUS Fix

By Jordan Steiker |

OPINION: In Buck's case, court has chance to declare that a death sentence can't hinge on color.

Presidential Wars: A New Legal Challenge

By Louis Fisher |

OPINION: An army captain's lawsuit asks a court to decide questions about war against the Islamic State.

Readying the Legal Community for More Neuroscientific Evidence

By Owen D. Jones |

OPINION: Understanding complex advances in neurolaw can aid the administration of justice.

Hulk Hogan.

Private Funding of the Lawsuit That Killed Gawker Spells Trouble

By Ben Feuer |

OPINION: If duplicated, billionaire's strategy could threaten an independent media.

Facade of the United States Court House of the Southern District of New York in Lower Manhattan.

Decreasing Jury Trials Undermines the Public

By Hervé Gouraige |

OPINION: Transparency and citizen participation are keys to the fair administration of justice.

Human Trafficking Persists, But Firms Can Help

By Sarah Dohoney Byrne |

OPINION: Pro bono lawyers can assist survivors with protective orders and getting criminal records vacated.

Sen. Whitehouse: Standoff Over a House Panel's Subpoenas Raises Key Issue

By Sheldon Whitehouse |

OPINION: State AGs might argue that subpoenas are issued on behalf of private interests.

Roger Ailes, left, and Gretchen Carlson, right.

Arbitration Cuts the Public Out and Limits Redress

By Judith Resnik |

OPINION: The pervasive clauses, in cell phone contracts, job applications and more, curb collective action.

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio August 15, 2016.

Would the International Emergency Economic Powers Act Help Trump?

By Thomas McCarthy and Hal Shapiro |

OPINION: The candidate could potentially use the act to advance his national security plan.

Historic Baltimore.

When Over-Preservation Impedes City Growth

By Ilya Shapiro and Randal J. Meyer |

OPINION: Abolishing presumptions against beneficial land use would benefit all urban dwellers.

Exxon Mobil is Being Investigated, But Here's the Real Problem

By Merritt B. Fox |

OPINION: The fight against climate change doesn't merit the abuse of powers.

'PC' Politics Drove ABA's Proposed Rules Changes

By Herbert W. Titus and William J. Olson |

OPINION: A push for new classes of "harassment" in professional ethics reflects hubris and elitism.

Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Trump Should Take Constitutional Law 101

By Alan B. Morrison |

OPINION: The GOP nominee said he'll solve problems like violent crime — alone. But it's not that simple.

Courts Err in Granting Broad Warrant Powers in Remote Hacking Cases

By Andrew Crocker |

OPINION: The FBI's overreach in Playpen case threatens Fourth Amendment rights of all.

<b>THE FUTURE:</b> Audi's autonomous car drives on stage during the Audi keynote at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Las Vegas.

The Batmobile Is Here, But Is the Law Ready for Autonomous Cars?

By Joshua Briones and Esteban Morales |

OPINION: Expect a future product liability industry based on this autonomous technology.

(L-R) Melania Trump and Michelle Obama.

On Cribbing, Copyright and Mrs. Trump’s RNC Speech

By J. Michael Keyes |

OPINION: With platitudes about hard work and respect, Melania’s address echoed one we’d heard in 2008.

'Revenge Porn' Bill Advances Sexual Privacy

By Elisa D'Amico |

OPINION: The Intimate Privacy Protection Act would carry federal criminal penalties of up to five years.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin Has an Image Problem — It's Time to Change That

By Jason Weinstein and Alan Cohn |

OPINION: Bitcoin and the blockchain are actually much friendlier to cops than crooks.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Could 'Escobar' Prove to Be This Term's Most Expensive Case?

By Tara Lee |

OPINION: The U.S. Supreme Court OK'd broad parameters for fraud deserving of penalties.

Retired judge Abner Mikva of the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Mikva's Trail of Stellar Public Servants

By Ivan Fong |

OPINION: The storied lawmaker, White House counsel and judge inspired many to choose civic careers.

A sign marks the location of the Whole Women's Health of Fort Worth clinic, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas.

A Victory for Women's Health Advocates

By Fatima Goss Graves |

OPINION: The U.S. Supreme Court struck a Texas law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges.

No Time For Diversity Fatigue at Women in Law Hackathon

By Deborah L. Rhode, Lucy Buford Ricca and Anna Jaffe |

OPINION: Firm partners convened at Stanford Law to pitch ideas addressing the gender gap.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, with Justice Clarence Thomas (foreground), at the Hearing on the Supreme Court's Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Request.

Court Rightly Embraced a 'Living' Constitution in Death Penalty Case

By Steven Lubet |

OPINION: 'Williams v. Pennsylvania' ruling shows why it is key to view 'bias' in modern context.

Proponents of affirmative action stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments in the case <i>Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin</i>, on December 9, 2015.

All Students Gain From a Ruling That Values Diversity

By Erwin Chemerinsky |

OPINION: Justices' deference to institutions is key in court's approval of UT's affirmative-action plan.

Jose Hernandez (in gray) holds hands with friend Victor Bayez as they grieve the loss of close friends Amanda Alvear and Mercedez Flores at a vigil in downtown Orlando, Fla., Monday, June 13, 2016.

A Post-Orlando Call To Protect LGBT Rights

By D'Arcy Kemnitz |

OPINION: Providing legal aid to the LGBT community has had a long, difficult history­. It's not over yet.

Old Consumer Protection Laws Don't Necessarily Fit Sharing Economy

By Joe Jacquot |

OPINION: Online ratings, background checks and GPS tracking give users choice and safety.