TYL In Focus

Every other month, TYL publishes In Focus, a topical collection of articles to help new lawyers navigate and better understand a wide variety of substantive and career-development aspects of the practice of law. TYL In Focus is a benefit of membership in the ABA and is available only online. The issues are available for download in PDF (.pdf).

Please note that, to download any of the special issues, your membership in the ABA must be current and you must be logged onto the ABA website.

TYL In Focus: Technology Matters (Digital 5:4)

Technology is evolving faster and faster, and we need to make sure we keep up with it. To its own detriment, the legal field has been notoriously slow to make use of basic technology. Many courts only recently adopted electronic filing systems. And we don’t simply need to use technology; we need to understand it intimately so that we are the experts in disputes involving tech. If there is a void in lawyers who can adequately handle these disputes, rest assured that the market will create a replacement on its own. We need to be comfortable using tech in the ways that our future clients will. This issue of TYL In Focus examines technology and the law, from blockchain to artificial intelligence. We look at forensics and electronic discovery as well as the ways technology can improve your work-life balance. This edition of TYL In Focus is another great addition to add to your digital library. (Published April 2018, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Military Law (Digital 5:3)

This issue of TYL In Focus is on military law. More and more, new lawyers are becoming JAG officers (aka Judge Advocate Generals Corp), working in all legal matters involving the military, which mirrors almost every aspect of civilian law. JAGs are in each of the five US military branches: army, navy, marines, coast guard, or air force. But non-military lawyers can find themselves representing client who serve in the armed forces, and this comes with unique challenges. Veterans, for example, need dedicated and effective advocates to assist them through the VA process for securing disability compensation. This issue offers tips on how to help veterans navigate this process as well as consumer law issues that affect veterans. We also address sexual assault in the military and the challenges of being a lawyer and a military spouse. The ABA has many resources for military lawyers, and we’ve included those for you as well. Available in a variety of handy formats, this edition of TYL In Focus is another great addition to add to your digital library. (Published February 2018, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Confidentiality (Digital 5:2)

Rule 1.6 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct states: “A lawyer shall not reveal information relating to the representation of a client unless the client gives informed consent, the disclosure is impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation” or the disclosure is permitted by the rules. This issue of TYL In Focus looks at confidentiality. We tackle the interplay between confidentiality and the attorney-client privilege—few of your duties will seem more straightforward and, upon deeper inspection, be more confusing. We cover how to keep your clients’ confidences outside of the office and what to do if you are faced with a suicidal client. There are strategies for drafting and negotiating non-disclosure agreements and tips for preserving attorney-client privilege in internal communications. We also question how the police use of body cameras in hospitals affects medical privacy. Available in a variety of handy formats, this latest edition of TYL In Focus is another great addition to add to your digital library. (Published December 2017, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Immigration Law (Digital 5:1)

Immigrants need access to quality, affordable legal services. There is no constitutional right to a government-appointed attorney in immigration court, even though immigrants face a federal prosecutor in adversarial proceedings and losing means deportation. More than 60 percent of immigrants, including children, appear unrepresented and are two to five times more likely to lose their case without a lawyer. In this issue of TYL In Focus, we examine issues related to immigration, such as the travel ban and DACA. We cover immigration scams—the US immigration system is extremely attractive to scammers because it is largely inaccessible without legal representation. Another article lays out the issue of whether foreign national trafficking victims will continue to receive protection and immigration relief under the current administration.

This issue of TYL In Focus also covers your client’s rights, pro bono opportunities, and one man shares his story of going from undocumented immigrant to earning a law degree and owning his own law firm. Available in a variety of handy formats, this latest edition of TYL In Focus is another great addition to add to your digital library. (Published October 2017, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Digital 4:6)

To be nobody-but-yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

—E.E. Cummings

While some progress has been made, many challenges remain for the LGBT community. In this issue of TYL In Focus, we look at some of those challenges. This issue touches on LGBT health disparities, employment issues, and how to work with transgender clients. Nathan Cordle describes how the Obama Administration expanded the interpretation of Title IX, which prohibits sexual discrimination, to include “discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, including discrimination based on a student’s transgender status.” However, in 2017, the Trump Administration revoked this guidance.

Also in this issue we present stories from two lawyers who describe what it was like to come out in the profession. Available in a variety of handy formats, this latest edition of TYL In Focus is another great addition to add to your digital library. (Published June 2017, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Becoming a Partner (Digital 4:5)

For many new lawyers, becoming a law firm partner is both the pinnacle of success and a complete mystery. What does it really mean to make partner? How do you become a partner? Can you be happy if you don’t make partner or if you just don’t want to be a partner? Is there life in the law beyond partnership? If you aren’t sure, this issue of TYL In Focus is for you. In this issue, we tackle the partner mystery. Erin Rhinehart, former managing editor of TYL and recent partner, examines the challenges and rewards that come with the responsibility of partnership. Four lawyers who recently made the transition from associate to partner share their unique perspectives. We offer strategies to help you craft a career you love as well as tips on how to decide if you even want to make the transition. And of course, we cover the financial considerations involved in becoming a partner. Hopefully, with a good understanding of who you are and what is required to be a partner, your choice will be clear. Available in a variety of handy formats, this latest edition of TYL In Focus is another great addition to add to your digital library. (Published June 2017, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Access to Education (Digital 4:4)

I believe that education is the single-most important civil rights issue that we face today.

—Michelle Obama

Education is crucial to the success of the individual and to the success of the country. It is a fundamental right deserved by all citizens. A vast number of students do not have access to the classes and resources they need to build a foundation that will help them be successful adults. This issue of TYL In Focus discusses access to education, and the challenges faced by many without vital educational resources. Inside you will find an article on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act—a civil rights statute that provides disabled students a substantive right to a free and appropriate public education. In his article, Desmond Meade tells how education transformed his life for the better, but a prior felony conviction won’t allow him to use his hard-earned law degree. You will also find articles on racial inequality in public schools, the education of foster youth, school closings, and more. Available in a variety of handy formats, this latest edition of TYL In Focus is another great addition to add to your digital library. (Published April 2017, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Mentoring (Digital 4:3)

Mentoring is a partnership—someone with more experience (mentor) supports someone with less experience (mentee). It is a long-term relationship where the mentor assists in the growth and development of the mentee and is a source of insight and guidance, but is not the mentee’s manager. This edition of TYL In Focus discusses mentoring—a vital stepping-stone to a successful career for every new lawyer. This issue contains an interview with ABA President Linda Klein about the importance of mentoring. Authors Lori Keating and Amy Timmer delve into what mentoring may look like in the future. And there are countless tips on how to be a good mentee and get the most out of the mentoring experience as well as advice on how to be a good mentor. You never know when a law student may come knocking in search of mentorship. Available in a variety of handy formats, this latest edition of TYL In Focus is another great addition to add to your digital library. (Published February 2017, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Cybersecurity (Digital 4:2)

It is no secret that large corporations are under constant threat of cyber attacks. They house personal and corporate data worth millions of dollars that hackers can sell and use themselves for nefarious ends, including for theft of identity and financial assets. Law firms are no less vulnerable to cyber attacks. This edition of TYL In Focus discusses cybersecurity. This special issue offers information on privacy law, insurance coverage for cyber-related risks, tips for good cyber hygiene, a how-to on protecting small businesses and law firms from cyber attacks, data security provisions, and much more. We also included a cautionary tale from someone who was a victim of ransomware. Available in a variety of handy formats, this latest edition of TYL In Focus is another great addition to add to your digital library. (Published December 2016, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Business Law (Digital 3:7)

Business law is a category that encompasses a multitude of smaller practice areas. This edition of TYL In Focus covers just a few of these areas. Did you know that one of the most important duties performed by new attorneys is closing a transaction? We have this covered. This special issue also offers information on commercial credit agreements, the basics of commercial general liability policies, B Corporations and Benefit Corporations, and tips on how to comply with the regulatory flexibility act. Additionally, we get into the basics of franchise law and provide you with a pocket primer on Delaware corporate law—a state that has achieved preeminence with respect to corporate law. Available in a variety of handy formats, this latest edition of TYL In Focus is another great addition to add to your digital library. (Published March 2016, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Class Actions (Digital 3:6)

Class actions are more prevalent than ever, so with this edition of TYL In Focus, we take a look at class actions and answer some key questions: Is this really a class action? Is your potential client adequate? Will you make any money? This issue looks at practical aspects of communicating with a class from a plaintiff's perspective; offers a primer on elevated health claims, answering questions about asserting or defending claims about a product's marketing, advertising, packaging, or labeling; provides class action basics for solo practitioners; and addresses the problems of the class action system. Available in a variety of handy formats, this latest edition of TYL In Focus is another great addition to add to your digital library. (Published February 2016, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Environmental Law (Digital 3:2)

Most lawyers will come across environmental law issues at some point in their practice. Consequently, this edition of TYL In Focus delves into this practice area—an expansive field that has considerable interplay with many different disciplines and niches, as author Ashley Harvey notes in her contribution. For this entry in the series, we survey the litigation of environmental issues outside of conventional environmental law, increased renewable energy development and reducing carbon emissions, clean water and sanitation, global environmental law practice, and much more (not to mention, a look at recent rulings that affect rules and policies and—surprise, surprise!—whether or not you may be already practicing environmental law). Available in a variety of handy formats, this latest edition of TYL In Focus is another great addition to add to your digital library. (Published October 2015, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Ethics (Digital 3:1)

Ethical issues and dilemmas are pervasive in the legal profession—they affect both the work environment and the lawyer’s work itself. In this issue of In Focus, we look at some of the thornier issues facing new lawyers and provide insight into how civility and attention to ethics can help in professional advancement. We look at how to be nice and still get to the top, how to proceed when your boss asks you to lie, ways to ethically delegate work to associates and others, and more. An essential addition to any new or experienced lawyer’s digital library, this edition of TYL In Focus is available to current ABA members (published October 2015).

 

 

TYL In Focus: Dispute Resolution (Digital 2:7)

As the amount of litigation has dwindled over the years, the popularity of alternative dispute resolution has exploded—so much so that it should be an essential part of any lawyer’s arsenal of skills—which is why this edition of TYL In Focus takes a close look at this aspect of the practice of law. This e-book surveys the use of deep listening in ADR and elsewhere in practice, looks into a crystal ball to predict the future of conflict resolution, examines the ethics and new rules of ADR, provides tips for mediating like a pro, and shines a light on how technology is being used for online divorce mediation. An essential addition to any new or experienced lawyer’s digital library, this edition of TYL In Focus is available to current ABA members (published September 2015).

 

 

TYL In Focus: Health Law (Digital 2:6)

Health law—a large, complex, and ever-changing area of practice—holds great professional potential for new and experienced lawyers. With this e-book, we take a closer look at ways to start a successful health law career, investigate lesser-known aspects of the Affordable Care Act, demystify the Health Information and Portability and Accountability Act, and survey the subtleties of the laws surrounding medicinal and recreational marijuana. This special edition also covers mental health “patient dumping,” the Anti-Kickback Statute, and the three-headed monster of healthcare fraud enforcement (a particularly unruly beast for the uninitiated). We’ve also included a handy guide to additional resources, publications, and membership opportunities for lawyers with an interest in health law. Available in a variety of handy formats, this latest edition of TYL In Focus is another great addition to add to your digital library. (Published August 2015, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: In-House Counsel (Digital 2:5)

Many a lawyer has, for many reasons, contemplated what it would be like to make the move to in-house counsel. For firm lawyers, it can sometimes seem like a cushy spot with reasonable hours and good pay. For others, it might present an opportunity for greater pay. But what does the bigger picture really look like? And what does it take to make a move in-house? With this issue, we go in-depth to look at what it takes to make the leap and what the work entails—including the career paths available to corporate counsel; fee arrangements; how to talk to the media; working with clients; and much more. This issue guides those considering making a move, the lawyers who are in the process of moving, and those who are just starting out in the world of corporate counsel. A helpful resource for new and experienced attorneys, this edition is available free to ABA members for download in a variety of formats. (Published April 2015, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Solo and Small Firm (Digital 2:4)

The path of the solo and small firm practitioner is filled with excitement and opportunity, and—let’s face it—uncertainty. Those who start their own firms have the freedom to define many aspects of their practice, but they also must bear most, if not all, of the burden in setting up and developing a new business. The good news is there is much the rest of us can learn from the challenges and opportunities solo attorneys and small firms face. With this installment, we provide a blueprint for launching your own law practice—from choice of entity and essential technology to branding your firm in the digital age. We even provide information about how to find the right kind of mentor and consider the reality of the work-life balance. A helpful resource for new and experienced attorneys, this edition is available free to ABA members for download in a variety of formats. (Published March 2015, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: PopLaw (Digital 2:3)

Popular culture and the law are ready for their close up. The dynamics of the relationship between the two—from how the legal system, lawyers, and judges are portrayed in books, film, and television to celebrity brushes with the law—are a source of endless fascination for many of us. In fact, it’s even possible to find new meaning in our legal system when we look at it through the lens of popular culture. In this edition of In Focus, we examine several high-profile cases involving artists, celebrities, movie studios, and streaming services. We also explore how to best use storytelling in one’s everyday practice and survey the landscape of intellectual property law as it applies to superheroes. This entertaining edition arrives at the peak of award season and is available to ABA members for download in a variety of formats. (Published February 2015, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Litigation (Digital 2:2)

The court system and the litigation process are core elements in the practice of law. Indeed many of us are inspired to practice law by the theater and dynamics of the courtroom. At some point in our careers, many of us will be entrusted—or, perhaps for some, saddled—with the work of presenting a case in front of a judge and/or jury. On the docket for this issue is a look at several critical facets of litigation, including a couple that new lawyers are often assigned to. In this issue you can read about case preparation, how to take a deposition and develop an opening statement. You can also read about how mediation plays a role in the litigation process. We've even included a couple of pieces that speak to a litigator's mindset—one from a judge, another from noteworthy legal instructor James McElhaney. This digital download is available for free to TYL readers and ABA members. (Published January 2015, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Holiday Law (Digital 2:1)

The holidays present abundant opportunities for lawyers and professionals to socialize and reconnect with colleagues, coworkers, and clients. This issue of TYL In Focus investigates various aspects of these year-end occasions, including ways that those poor souls stuck at the office can still enjoy some form of festivities, new approaches to holiday marketing of a law practice, tips for hosting (and attending) office and at-home parties, the legal framework for displays of religious holiday items in public forums, and even how to bail out a family member or friend from jail—something many of us would prefer to never deal with but just might. Sourced from GPSolo magazine and ABA Books, this issue is an entertaining, festive read and is available for free to members of the ABA. (Published December 2014, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

 

TYL In Focus: Writing (Digital 1:6)

Writing is a requirement of many trades—one that is, in many fields, inescapable. This is particularly true for lawyers. Never before have practitioners needed to put pen to paper (hands to keyboard?) more often and in more diverse ways to aid their clients and advance their own careers. In this issue of TYL In Focus, we take a broad look at the writing skills today’s lawyer needs and draw rare insight from some of the sharpest minds in the profession—including Bryan Garner, who reveals the ways in which the writing of others improves our own compositions; Duke Professor George Gopen, who provides insight into how to control, through writing, the perceptions others have of our clients’ stories; and Judge Richard Posner, who instructs us in the drafting of effective appellate briefs. This in-depth guide is an invaluable resource for new and experienced attorneys and is available for free to members of the ABA. (Published August 2014, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

TYL In Focus: Intellectual Property (Digital 1:5)

Intellectual property is a broad, popular field of practice that has significant ramifications for lawyers of many kinds. This fifth installment of TYL In Focus surveys this complex area by offering a primer on the lingo of IP law, an overview of trademark basics for general practitioners, and a look at copyright and works made for hire. The issue also delves into the protection of trade secrets and the intersection of fair use and the First Amendment. As added bonuses, articles on 3D printing and Albert Einstein’s rights of publicity in the modern world, from Landslide magazine, are included. A valuable resource for new and experienced attorneys, this digital issue is available for free to members of the ABA. (Published July 2014, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

TYL In Focus: Administrative Law (Digital 1:4)

Administrative law is large area within the practice of law. This issue provides advice from administrative law experts and the perspective of a new practitioner, looks at a rulemaking question confronting Wallstreet, and outlines ten easy steps for using the powerful Freedom of Information Act. Also included are a review of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' New Agency Rules and a glimpse into Rulemaking 101, an essential resource for new lawyers, from the ABA Section of Administrative Law. A helpful guide for new and experienced attorneys, this digital issue is available for free to members of the ABA. (Published June 2014, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

TYL In Focus: Labor and Employment (Digital 1:3)

The third issue of TYL In Focus explores aspects of labor and employment law. This special issue looks at whether a downward trending rate of unemployment signals a healthy recovery, US Supreme Court cases related to labor and employment law, equal pay for women, recent HIPAA changes that affect labor and employment practitioners, and National Disability Employment Awareness Month. A helpful guide for new and experienced attorneys, this digital issue is available for free to members of the ABA. (Published May 2014, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

TYL In Focus: Criminal Law (Digital 1:2)

The second issue of TYL In Focus covers the various aspects of practicing law in the area of criminal law. This special issue provides information on how to build a practice through referral work from other attorneys, an exploration of the differences between criminal and civil discovery, and lessons from criminal law for civil law practitioners. It also includes a look at the ascendance of social media evidence, how to represent protestors, and what it's like to work in DUII defense work. A helpful guide for new and experienced attorneys, this digital special issue is available for free to members of the ABA. (Published April 2014, copyright American Bar Association.)

 

TYL In Focus: Networking (Digital 1:1)

The inaugural issue of TYL In Focus covers the all-important topic of networking. This special issue provides perspectives on how to become more comfortable in practice, suggestions for the best places to make connections, and tips and tactics on cementing good habits into your daily networking regimen. It also includes a painful look back at some of our own rookie mistakes. A helpful guide for young and experienced attorneys, this digital special issue is available for free to members of the ABA. (Published February 2014, copyright American Bar Association.)

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