Honduran mother and child with a Border Patrol agent.
This tradition is so strong in the US that all lawyers are encouraged to volunteer at least 50 hours of pro bono service per year.
Attorney Michael Cohen was recently the target of an FBI raid.
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The president's tweets aside, the law provides strong protections to lawyers to ensure they can keep their clients' secrets safe.
President Lincoln was represented by a lawyer who didn’t vote for him
The White House
President Trump is having trouble finding a lawyer. But other presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, have obtained outside legal counsel easily, even from attorneys who disagree with their politics.
A woman at Yarl’s Wood detention centre in 2015.
It is becoming harder and harder to access legal aid for immigration cases.
Going to court? You’re on your own.
Many who represent themselves in court fail to make it through the process, have their case dismissed or lose what otherwise would have been a winning case.
Law school and the legal profession present their own distinct challenges.
Some signs seem to suggest that students studying law are prone to mental health problems and substance abuse.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
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Did the attorney general help create a false story on why Comey was fired? Sessions' testimony to Congress provides no answers.
President Donald Trump speaks at the White House.
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The rule of law can take on different meanings depending whom you ask and where you are – but in the US it pretty much means one thing.
A family dairy farm in Gilmanton Ironworks, New Hampshire.
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Are you part of the 86 percent of Americans who do not live in rural America? Here's why Trump's choice to lead the USDA matters to you.
South Africa needs to build a mental infrastructure that will allow people to individually and collectively engage in a bold, courageous and trutfhul dialogue.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court embodies values of justice and transformation. How can law schools do the same?
For law faculties, the transformative vision embodied in South Africa's constitution provides a potent driver for change. So what does a transformed law faculty look like?
There are eight skills that future professionals should develop to work for the good of society.
University graduates have the power to enable dignified lives for others in a society. What skills and qualities do they need for this to happen?
View from the hotel balcony?
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
The turbocharged capitalism of private space flight is strangely at odds with the brotherly, generous global consensus that built the legal framework for extra-terrestrial travel.
The ‘Blurred Lines’ verdict is only the most recent copyright ‘Controversy’ to erupt – just ask Prince.
Like ambulance chasers, gimlet-eyed entertainment lawyers have been trained to detect the most trivial copyright infringements.
New laws need to strike a balance between justice and prompting an influx of litigation.
In the early to mid-2000s governments throughout Australia introduced reforms restricting rights to claim for negligence. The tort of negligence and other statutory causes of action, including the prohibition…
The halls of the Royal Courts of Justice shouldn’t have to throng with students.
Law students are doing more pro bono work than ever before. In 2014, 70% of all UK law schools now provide free legal services to individuals, groups and organisations. According to the latest LawWorks…
Lawyers like George Newhouse deserve praise, not abuse, when they go to court to ensure people are protected by the rule of law.
Australia’s courts serve us well, acting independently in their application of the law. However, that doesn’t protect them from attacks for performing their legal and constitutional duties. Similarly…
George Pell explained his actions in the landmark Ellis sex abuse case to the Royal Commission by saying he was relying on legal advice.
When counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse put it to Cardinal George Pell last week that his lawyers weren’t his moral advisors, she was implying that he…
Lawyers pass judgement on proposed cuts to legal system.
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It’s not often you see bewigged barristers take to the streets waving placards in protest, but such were the scenes outside the Old Bailey and other courts around the country as defence lawyers demonstrated…