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NY Lawmakers Approve Overhauling Cannabis Tax System

By Paul Williams

New York is slated to scrap its potency-based tax system for adult-use cannabis and replace it with a more streamlined wholesale tax structure in June under a budget-related bill approved by state lawmakers.

Playing Hockey Makes Me A Better Lawyer

By John Riccione

Nearly a lifetime of playing hockey taught me the importance of avoiding burnout in all aspects of life, and the game ultimately ended up providing me with the balance I needed to maintain success in my legal career, says John Riccione at Taft.

For Lawyers, Pessimism Should Be A Job Skill, Not A Life Skill

By Krista Larson

A pessimistic mindset allows attorneys to be effective advocates for their clients, but it can come with serious costs for their personal well-being, so it’s crucial to exercise strategies that produce flexible optimism and connect lawyers with their core values, says Krista Larson at Stinson.

Hawaii Cannabis Legalization Bill Dies In State House

By Sam Reisman

An effort to legalize adult-use marijuana in Hawaii is effectively dead for this legislative session after Democrats in the state House of Representatives announced they would not deliberate any further on a proposal that had already cleared the state Senate this year.

Requiring Leave To File Amicus Briefs Is A Bad Idea

By Lawrence Ebner

A proposal to amend the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure that would require parties to get court permission before filing federal amicus briefs would eliminate the long-standing practice of consent filing and thereby make the process less open and democratic, says Lawrence Ebner at the Atlantic Legal Foundation and DRI Center.

4 Ways To Motivate Junior Attorneys To Bring Their Best

By Stacey Schwartz

As Gen Z and younger millennial attorneys increasingly express dissatisfaction with their work and head for the exits, the lawyers who manage them must understand and attend to their needs and priorities to boost engagement and increase retention, says Stacey Schwartz at Katten.

Expert Analysis

Whitewater Kayaking Makes Me A Better Lawyer

Whether it's seeing clients and their issues from a new perspective, or staying nimble in a moment of intense challenge, the lessons learned from whitewater kayaking transcend the rapids of a river and prepare attorneys for the courtroom and beyond, says Matthew Kent at Alston & Bird.

This Earth Day, Consider How Your Firm Can Go Greener

As Earth Day approaches, law firms and attorneys should consider adopting more sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint — from minimizing single-use plastics to purchasing carbon offsets for air travel — which ultimately can also reduce costs for clients, say M’Lynn Phillips and Lisa Walters at IMS Legal Strategies.

Practicing Law With Parkinson's Disease

This Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Adam Siegler at Greenberg Traurig discusses his experience working as a lawyer with Parkinson’s disease, sharing both lessons on how to cope with a diagnosis and advice for supporting colleagues who live with the disease.


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