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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:

4chan users posted graphic rape porn in the comments section of Jezebel, a feminist blog. You won't believe what legal issues arose next!

And what happens when an attorney develops a meth addiction? When a prosecutor breaks bad, can be make it back?

Folks, if clickbait titles make you want to punch your monitor, the Upworthy Generator might be the best parody you'll read all day. And if you want to read some of the best recent posts from the blawgosphere, keep reading.

It's only mid-August, and the days are getting shorter already. I'm noticing it's darker out at my usual wake up time, and I'm thankful that I invested in my Philips Wake-Up Light so I can awake not only to bright light, but also the sound of birds chirping (kind of like this gal).

But seriously, anyone who feels the slightest effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder knows the impact of light on sleep. Now, a new study takes it a bit further -- into the workplace.

Those who are so bad at test-taking that they cannot break the median LSAT score probably shouldn't go to law school. And yet, there are scores of subprime schools, places that charge $50,000 a year for a degree that carries no reputational value, and which push thousands of grads with little to no hope of passing the bar into the post-J.D. world.

$200,000 in debt and no career prospects. This is why many call law school a scam. Is the day of reckoning at hand?

And the big news of the week is Ferguson, Missouri. If you'd like to see someone being held accountable for using excessive force, a recent case out of the Eighth Circuit where a lenient sentence for a cop was reversed might soothe your soul... somewhat.

In honor of National Relaxation Day on Friday (August 15) -- yes that is a thing -- we thought we would cover a book that the ABA sent us to review: "Yoga for Lawyers: Mind-Body Techniques to Feel Better All the Time."* What better way to unwind than to wind yourself up into a human pretzel?

Jokes aside, I've been practicing yoga for more than 10 years, and the benefits are both physical and mental. Since lawyers a special breed, it's only right that we have our own book on yoga instruction.

Let's take a closer look.

Propinquity: it's a fancy way of saying two things are close together. Social psychologists have found that it is a great predictor of whether two people will end up romantically intertwined, and it was a great excuse to date the girl down the hall back in college.

It's also the reason why Connecticut just crapped on fundamental rights by carving additional exceptions into protections against unlawful search and seizure -- guy near guy who looks like other guy loses his rights.

Besides that depressing note, our roundup this week includes a lawyer barred from representing women ever again (huh?), and a classic example of why do-it-yourself legal forms are still a stupid idea.

"I'm the n***a to drive-by and tear your block up, leave you, your homey and neighbors shot up, chest, shots will have you spittin' blood clots up. Go ahead and play hard. I'll have you in front of heaven prayin' to God, body parts displaying the scars, puncture wounds and bones blown apart, showin' your heart full of black marks, thinkin' you already been through hell, well, here's the best part. You tried to lay me down with you and your dogs until the guns barked."

He's no Nasir Jones, but we'll give him the benefit of the doubt. After all, these lyrics by "Real Threat" (real name Vonte Skinner) were draft lyrics, found in a notebook in his car. They were also used to convict him of an attempted murder of a fellow drug dealer, one who fingered Skinner as the culprit.

Fortunately for him, the New Jersey Supreme Court has reversed his conviction, holding that the "admission of defendant's inflammatory rap verses, a genre that certain members of society view as art and others view as distasteful and descriptive of a mean-spirited culture, risked poisoning the jury against defendant."

Heh. Some people actually think "reading the law" instead of going to school is a plausible idea. It's not, and not just because you'll fail the bar exam. Speaking of bar exams, ExamSoft is refusing refunds for their failed bar exam software. Also, "It's murda. Murda." Which NRA leader was once convicted of murder before an appeals court tossed the confession and the evidence?

And on the only serious note: Congress sues Obama. Can they do that?

Get your popcorn ready...

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