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Recently retired from the Seventh Circuit, Judge Richard Posner has indicated that he is interested in directly helping pro se litigants. The retired judge is rather vocal with his criticism of how the justice system is stacked against pro se litigants and has some ideas for systemic change.

His book that states these views is drawing criticism from the circuit he used to serve. But since its release, he has received many inquiries requesting help from non-profits that assist pro se litigants and others. While Judge Posner has indicated that he "isn't ruling out handling a case on behalf of pro se litigants," his focus appears to be on making larger changes to the system.

Amazon's 'Goliath' Legal Drama Is the Right Mix

Why do people binge-watch lawyer shows on television, but will do anything to avoid lawyers in real life?

"Goliath," Amazon's legal drama, partially answers that question: television lawyers are interesting and not hourly expensive.

For attorneys who know better, however, there is another painful truth about the popular drama. It features an alcoholic attorney.

While you can't sleep in the weeks leading up to your big trial because you're so excited to deliver your best zingers to your all new jury and make your money to keep your coffers good and fat, you're all alone in your excitement. Okay, maybe other trial lawyers might get excited too, but that's it.

Unfortunately for the makers of the recently cancelled reality TV show 'You the Jury,' trial attorneys do not make up a significant percentage of the TV watching public. In fact, the one thing that 'You the Jury' seemed to do as good as any other competent trial lawyer: belabor the obvious fact that regular people don't want to be on a jury and want nothing to do with real court.

The American Bar Association has announced a new venture that aims to help journalists, the media, and general public fact check legal issues that hit the mainstream media.

The website,, allows anyone to email questions for legal fact checking, but does not promise that all questions will be answered. Rather, the website appears to just be an informative website where trending legal topics that are being confused by media, journalists and pundits, might be explained.

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has reportedly hired renowned New York defense lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman, who notably got John Gotti off. In addition to Gotti's champion, El Chapo has hired a whole team of "high powered," and likely high-priced, defense attorneys.

Previously, El Chapo, an international drug kingpin, was represented by the public defender's office. Prior to the announcement of the new counsel, who are still yet to appear in court, El Chapo's public defender filed a motion to dismiss based upon alleged misrepresentations made to Mexican authorities.

The recent TV sensation Better Call Saul tracks the story of fictional attorney James McGill, whom we were all introduced to as Saul Goodman in the other hit series, Breaking Bad. Goodman, or McGill is said to be a criminal lawyer, with maybe a little too much emphasis on the criminal part.

The series, while often comical, is just as often dramatic as it gets into the worst aspects of practicing law. For attorneys, it is one of the rare legal TV shows that does not do much to glorify the life of an attorney. In fact, there are some serious lessons for practitioners that can be drawn from the show.

For some reason, people are hard-wired to be unable to turn away from a garbage fire. And since it's no secret that lawyers hate legal dramas for their wild inaccuracies, for some reason, a good number of us just can't turn away. Our more experienced TV watching companions know to hover their finger over the pause button, lest our couch objections and grumblings about real life timelines would disrupt the predictably twisted plot line.

Nevertheless, just about every other lawyer out there watches every legal drama and TV series that gets released. Sometimes, some of these fall through the cracks though. For that reason, below, we've listed our top ten legal dramas to binge watch this summer.

What's on Your Summer Reading List?

Reading is the laboratory of the mind.

It is where we experiment with ideas, played out on an inner stage set by a writer against the background of another place and time. And when we choose a book for leisure reading, it should be for the adventure of that world more than to escape our own.

So you want to know how this ends? For law students and lawyers, try reading one of these books this summer:

Yale Law Student Turned Best-Selling Hillbilly Author

J.D. Vance came from ‘hillbillies, rednecks, white trash, choose your epithet,’ wrote the New York Times reviewer.

Reviewers say that Vance, who rose from Appalachian poverty to New York Times best-selling author, wrote the only book to make sense out of the election of President Donald Trump. Vance, a Yale Law School graduate, put it together in “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.”

“Mr. Vance has inadvertently provided a civilized reference guide for an uncivilized election,” the Times said.

Is This a Lawyer Ad or a Trailer for a Disaster Movie?

Cue the woman screaming. Pyrotechnics. Action!

"Tents are on fire, people fighting for food," a frantic fan tweets as crowds run haphazardly through a refugee scene.

No, this is not a disaster movie. It's just Philip DeBerard advertising for business. The personal injury attorney is looking for clients to sue over an ill-fated music festival.

"Did you pay for and attend the 2017 Fyre Festival in the Bahamas?" he asks on his website. "You may be entitled to compensation!"