Drunk Driving Law and the African American Community

Drunk driving is an American epidemic.  According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, each year, nearly 800 people are injured by drivers operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Certain times are worse for drunk driving than others.   More drunk driving injuries occur at night than during the day.  And sadly, though the winter holiday […]

Final Exams: Advice for Black Law Students

For most Americans, November brings the promise of big dinners, family gatherings, and holiday fun.  But for law students, November promises one thing: final exams.  Final exams are one of the most nerve-wracking academic experiences.  Final grades – particularly first year grades – can shape a young attorney’s career for years.  So, law students have […]

Five Legal Issues Facing African American Veterans

Veteran’s Day is Monday, November 12.  First established in 1919, the holiday gives Americans an opportunity to thank those who serve in the military.  Like other Americans, African Americans serve their nation with pride.  Currently, nearly 12 percent of all veterans are African American.    Experts predict that the number of Black veterans will jump as […]

Traveling While Black: What You Need to Know about the Law

In America, summer is the most popular time to travel.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) predicts that this summer will break records for air travel.  While all passengers dislike long waits, TSA pat downs, and lost luggage, African American travelers face an additional concern: racism.  Recently, African American passengers have accused several travel companies of […]

Weddings and the Law: What you Need to Know Before Your Big Day

A wedding is a joyous event.   However, it is also a formal occasion that requires extensive planning.  Couples and their families are willing to endure the stress because they hope that their efforts will result in a beautiful, memorable wedding day.  But sometimes, the unthinkable happens: an engagement is broken, a vendor doesn’t show, or […]

African American Solo Practitioners: Starting, Surviving, and Thriving Alone

  While movies and television generally feature lawyers who work in teams, a more realistic portrayal would highlight solo practitioners.  According to a 2013 report from the American Bar Association, in 2005, over 75% of lawyers worked in private practice.  Of these, nearly half worked as solos.  Moreover, data show that nonwhite attorneys are nearly […]

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