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A couple years back, a lawyer couldn't throw a handful of rocks at a computer screen without hitting some article on the subject of mindfulness. If you managed to avoid the deluge of articles from the mindfulness invasion, maybe because you were too busy litigating to read anything unrelated, basically, it's a philosophy that promotes a healthy work-life balance.

Mindfulness in the legal profession quickly became rather trendy, particularly as our profession tends to have a high rate of alcoholism, depression, and suicide. Lawyers that are overwhelmed with the practice of law, or can't seem to keep their personal lives in order due to their career, can be greatly helped by practicing mindfulness.

However, recently, mindfulness does not seem to be as hot of a topic in legal circles, and has been seeing some pushback in other industries. So what gives? Is mindfulness out of mind now that it is out of sight?

How to Write a Funny Demand Letter

It's not every day that a lawyer writes a funny demand letter.

The very thought of it sounds like a bad joke -- as if lawyers had a sense of humor. But one Netflix attorney broke the mold recently, showing that even attorneys can be funny and effective in their jobs.

Bryce Coughlin, Netflix's senior counsel for content and brand IP, tested his comedic chops on a bar that was broadcasting a Netflix show without permission. It's not going to get him an Emmy, but it got the job done.

Especially in our current political climate, regardless of what side of the coin, aisle, or pantry, you identify, fighting for social causes that you believe in is exhausting. For attorneys, being professional while on the clock for your cause is not only necessary, but it comes at an exacting emotional cost.

Sadly, one fact that seems to remain too true, which was highlighted in a study on activist burnout in 2015, is that social justice and human rights activists, like lawyers, "are not intentional about tending to their own well being." Basically, while fighting for their causes, activists tend to ignore the necessary self-care to avoid burnout.

Women Lawyers Taking More Roles in Firm Leadership

Women lawyers are taking 25 percent of the governance roles in top law firms, nearly double the amount in the last decade.

That is the brightest spot in a new report on the promotion and retention of women in American law firms. Otherwise, the National Association of Women Lawyers' survey shows little change for female lawyers in the top jobs.

"While the number of women equity partners has increased from 16 percent in 2007, it remained largely unchanged in the last 10 years," the 2017 report says.

There are some clients that you just can't help. Try as you might, if helping a client jeopardizes your ability to practice law, you need to rethink what you're doing, and maybe call your local ethics hotline.

However, sometimes a client just needs a little bit of help, or might be seeking "unbundled" legal services. While these clients might have money that's as green as the next, if a client is asking for you to draft a pleading for them to file in their name, that's called ghostwriting, and it might not be okay in your jurisdiction.

Lawyers Can Accept Bitcoin Payments -- With Conditions

Lawyers may accept digital currencies in payment for legal services, according to a new ethics opinion.

The Nebraska ethics opinion is the first by a state ethics body, according to the ABA Journal. The Lawyers Advisory Committee issued the opinion in response to a growing use of the technology in the area, where bitcoin ATMs are already in use.

There are conditions, however, such as the requirement that lawyers immediately convert digital currencies into cash. It highlights an issue and suggests the need for at least a second opinion.

How to Tell Clients They're Being Stupid

It may come as no surprise that most Americans are ignorant about the law.

According to the University of Pennsylvania, most Americans don't have a clue about the Constitution. Barley one-third can remember the First Amendment right; only one in three can name a branch of government; and even fewer know all three branches.

So how do you deal with clients who are ignorant about the law? Or worse, how do you tell them they are being stupid?

Women Can Lead Trials With High Emotional Intelligence

People still talk about the legacy of Ellen Pao's high-profile sex discrimination case in the Silicon Valley -- even though she lost several years ago.

Lynne Hermle, who led a team of mostly women defense lawyers, won the case. But the value of the "Pao Effect" -- which exposed a male-dominated culture in tech companies -- gives Hermle and other women lawyers reasons to talk about it still.

"Not many women lead high-profile jury trials and all-female teams are very rare," she says. "Regrettably, this is still news."

Handling Parenting Challenges as a Full-Time Lawyer

Gennady G. Golovkin, who is a better boxer than $300-million-per-fight Floyd Mayweather, was facing the biggest challenge of his perfect-record career.

"GGG" was preparing to fight a younger, stronger fighter who was thirsty to take Golovokin's championship crown. But that was not Triple G's biggest challenge.

The biggest challenge was deciding whether he should interrupt his training for the big fight so he could be present when his wife gave birth. As it is in legal battles, sometimes you don't know if the tough calls are worth it until it's over. So how do you decide how to juggle parenting duties when your law office wants to monopolize your life?

So long as you're doing plaintiff work, being a civil rights attorney is about the most noble calling a private attorney can answer. But that's not to say that practicing in the area is not without its pitfalls.

Below, you'll find a short list of some of the pros and cons attendant to being a civil rights plaintiffs' lawyer.