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It's the middle of the week. The sky is grey, the weather is chilly, and the night is coming sooner and sooner. And you've still got those briefs to write, papers to file, and hours to bill.

Before you put your head down and slog through it, might we suggest a quick break? Take a few moments to check out these TED talks for a little bit of invigoration, inspiration, and entertainment. They could be just what you need to get through the week.

Impatient Millennials can't wait for anything -- and they're certainly not going to wait to get through a six pack of Zima before heading out to a college party. Hence "butt chugging," the concerning practice of consuming alcohol or other drugs rectally, where they can be quickly absorbed into the blood stream.

The days of drinking with your mouth are over, Gramps. Today, sadly, butt chugging is a thing that lawyers need to know about.

The heads of the heads of America's law firms are getting grayer by the day, as more and more firm leadership hits retirement age (and beyond). Nearly half of the partners in Am Law 200 firms are members of the Baby Boomer generation or older, according to a report by the American Lawyer. Boomers, the 76 million adults born during the post-WWII boom, are now anywhere between 52 and 70 years old -- prime retirement age. Sixteen percent of those partners are expected to retire within the next five years, Major, Lindsey & Africa estimates, and 38 percent will be out within 10.

What does that mean for Boomers who plan on continuing on, or the Gen X and Millennial lawyers who will be left behind?

The Black Lives Matter movement has certainly struck a chord with many lawyers, from Supreme Court justices to public defenders. Over the last Supreme Court term, for example, Justice Sonia Sotomayor has repeatedly called out perceived abuses in the criminal justice system.

But support for BLM isn't always well received by judges. In July, a defense attorney was arrested for contempt of court in Ohio after she refused a judges' order to remove a BLM pin. And just last week, BLM courtroom controversy reignited again, after a deputy public defender in Las Vegas refused to remove her BLM pin in court.

The trial of Ammon and Ryan Bundy begins today, but the duo won't be wearing their signature cowboy attire. The Bundy brothers, part of the family of Nevada ranchers turned anti-government activists known for their armed confrontations with the federal government, are being charged for their role in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon last January.

But before the trial could get started, there was the important issue of wardrobe. The Bundy brothers asked that they be allowed to wear cowboy boots to court, a request the U.S. Marshal's Service and prosecutors opposed, and which the court eventually denied.

How Much Do Solo Lawyers Really Make? This May Surprise You.

Perhaps you're feeling good about last month's bar exam and you're certain that you passed. Should you take that job with the mid-size firm or should you go solo? Well, the latter choice is a little hard to pin down. Incomes are such a touchy thing these days.

How much do solos make? More than you'd think, apparently. But hold it -- what does "make" mean, anyway?

Law firms can be stressful places. You're rushing to meet deadlines, reassuring anxious clients, and trying to keep everything running smoothly. In between all that, it can be hard to find a moment to stop, relax, and find focus. But it's not impossible.

With a little practice, you can find some zen in the midst of your daily chaos. Here are some tips to help you out.

Prolonged Exposure to Silence Benefits Your Mental Health

There is a growing body of scientific literature that indicates a relationship between loudness in our daily lives and degrading health. And on the flip-side, a piece by Daniel A. Gross from Nautilus suggests there are health benefits associated with prolonged periods of silence.

To many of us who live in urban areas and work in an office, this is hardly surprising. At least, it comports with our intuitions about how we'd like our ideal lives to be: mostly quiet, surrounded by placid nature, punctuated every-so-often with the hustle and bustle of city noise.

The long July 4th weekend just passed, and if you were able to take our nation's birthday off, you might be thinking to yourself this Tuesday that a three-day weekend just isn't long enough. We agree. After all, your kids get the whole summer off. Even bar exam takers get a few weeks free after the test. We're pretty sure French lawyers get paid to spend six weeks on the Rivera every summer.

So don't feel left out. You too can take a vacation. Here's how to get it done, and how to make sure your practice doesn't suffer while you're out.

3 Easy Tricks to Work Faster in Your Law Practice

There's never enough time. If this is something you find yourself repeating again and again, you're not alone.

Some studies that suggest that this feeling of "too much to do, too little time to do it" might actually be an indication of our ability to handle stress. But there are a few surprisingly easy tricks that can help you improve your productivity. If you need to work faster in your law practice, three these three tricks: