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If you've thought about becoming a law professor, you probably know that it's hard to become a full, tenured professor. You have to go to the right school (cough, Yale, cough) and then spend the next several years writing articles and doing research.

If you're a practitioner, that's not a likely sequence of events. But what you can do is become an adjunct -- an untenured "guest" professor who teaches courses here and there (though, increasingly, more than just here and there).

Want to teach young minds, and make a little extra money on the side? Here are a few potential ways to do it:

Prestigious legal jobs, up to and including federal clerkships, require letters of recommendation, that most hagiographic of exercises that's really fairly pointless. Seriously: What is a prospective employer going to learn in a letter of recommendation? (The dark secret is that this is the employee's chance to show off whom he or she knows.)

It's getting to be recommendation season, so if you're going to write a letter of recommendation for young lawyers, law students, or even prospective law students, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee died Tuesday at the age of 93. Bradlee was the editor of the Post during one of its most difficult times, and the time that made it famous: the Watergate scandal of 1972-73. Even long after Watergate, Bradlee continued to helm the Post, cementing its place as a national newspaper, not just a "metropolitan daily."

So what lessons can lawyers learn from Bradlee?

Wait, wait, wait? Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg did an interview? We know -- she's done (estimating here) 57 of 'em this summer alone. But this one is really good.

Also, what happens when a cop is convicted of beating an innocent person for no reason? A mulligan.

Finally, what is your worst nightmare when taking the bar? Failing. But a grading error comes close.

Welcome to this week's edition of "Holler," where we give a shout-out to our favorite posts in the blawgosphere.

Conservatives finally got their wish: Attorney General Eric Holder is stepping aside, though it remains to be seen whether they will have any input on his successor.

Earlier today, President Barack Obama and Holder made a joint announcement about the resignation, with Obama saying that Holder did a "superb job" and confirming that Holder would leave once his successor was lined up. In his prepared speech, Holder thanked the president, the vice president, and his family, and celebrated the administration's achievements in pushing for LGBT equality and reform of the criminal justice system, among others.

But even before the announcement was made official, speculation began on where Holder was headed, as well as who was headed for his position as attorney general.

One of the lead stories in The New York Times over the weekend outlined how President Barack Obama has reshaped the federal judiciary, with Democratic appointees outnumbering Republican picks in nine out of 13 federal appeals courts. The shift was even more pronounced after the Senate abolished the filibuster for judicial nominations (other than for the Supreme Court).

But that's not a huge surprise, is it? If someone is in office long enough, he'll fill the seats.

What might surprise you, however, is the number of vacancies remaining: five dozen, between the district courts and appeals courts.

Wardrobe tips are a funny thing: Often times, when you tell someone how to dress, you tick them off.

But there's no denying that the wardrobe, at least around law offices and the courts, has gotten a bit less formal over the last decade or two. With that in mind, Robert Half Legal, a staffing agency, asked 350 lawyers who work with "the largest law firms and companies in the United States and Canada" whether we should all step our game up.

Or more specifically: "In general, would you prefer legal professionals dress more formally or casually in the office?"

I was going to blog about procrastination for National Fight Procrastination Day on September 6, but I just didn't feel like it. But at least I'm getting to it now!

All of us in the law community suffer from procrastination, some more than others. Appellate attorneys may have it worst of all: Their deadlines are a month down the road, so why start now? You've got plenty of time! And then suddenly you don't. So in honor of National Fight Procrastination Day -- which already happened - here are some tips for getting your work done sooner, rather than later:

There are many ways to mess up a closing statement in a criminal case with an improper argument, and as you might imagine, we've seen plenty of 'em in our coverage of appellate decisions in state and federal appeals courts. Arguments on race, sexual orientation, emotion, or improper credibility arguments all surface repeatedly, though they are easily avoided.

Will they cost you a conviction? Maybe, maybe not. In each of these cases, the defendant was tasked with showing prejudice after the fact -- a task that is easier said than done.

Still, you can avoid having your conviction reviewed on appeal and you increase the chances of a fair trial if you avoid these six improper arguments:

Whether you're a new attorney who's just found nonprofit work or a seasoned associate looking for something new, nonprofit legal services can provide a break if you spend your day on M&As.

And if M&As were never really your thing to begin with, volunteering could lead to a paying job if you eat your peas and say your prayers. Note, however, that you shouldn't walk into a volunteer gig expecting a paying job out of it. Show them that you do go work, though, and it could be in your future.

Here are three ways you may be able to turn a volunteer legal gig into paying work: