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On social media, for attorneys, there's a fine line between cracking a few jokes and sharing stories and info, and just being irresponsible and stupid.

Believe it or not, what you say on the internet matters for a lot of different reasons. For lawyers, one of the biggest reasons is your and your firm's potential clients. This isn't a free speech issue. It's a what-your-speech-reflects-upon-your-character (and your firm's character) issue.

Below, you can read a few tips on how not to be dumb on social media.

Do you follow celebrity gossip to escape from the mundane reality that is law school (or firm life)?

If so, there's some interesting and recent celebrity law school news. Apparently, in addition to America's second first daughter being enrolled in law school, two other (somewhat) big names have announced that they're starting law school this fall.

Michael Avenatti is expected to emerge unscathed from the recently argued motion for a gag order against him. The high-profile attorney has a media, and social media, presence that would make most defendants want to seek a gag order against him.

However, the federal court judge expressed skepticism from the bench that gagging Avenatti would be constitutional, let alone legal. Judge Otero explained that doing so would have a chilling effect on civil rights. He also chided defense counsel for comparing free speech to a "trick or illusion" wielded by a "small-town carnival magician." For Otero, this issue is "serious business" (and probably one of the more legally fascinating ones on his docket too).

For many attorneys out there, their first exposure to the law wasn't in a courtroom, or even on a TV screen, but rather, it was Harper Lee's canonical work: To Kill a Mockingbird. And to honor that ground-breaking work, the Harper Lee Award recognizes the best work of fiction depicting the role of lawyers in society since 2011.

This year, appellate attorney and author, Cynthia E. Tobisman, was honored with the 2018 Harper Lee Award for best legal fiction for her work Proof.

A recent story in the ABA Journal about a Dr. Phil episode raises some rather interesting questions about just what "Dr." Phil is doing on his daytime TV talk show.

It seems he may have ventured off the usual entertainment-therapy route and started to get into dissecting the veracity of live allegations of child sexual abuse. However, as pointed out in the ABA Journal piece, Dr. Phil does a much better job than you might expect (as a prosecutor, that is), which probably shatters some expectations.

The visionary non-profit behind 'Sesame Street,' Sesame Workshop, is likely plush with disappointment, both over its loss in court, and over the Streisand effect caused by the lawsuit it filed against the makers of the upcoming 'The Happytime Murders' movie.

That upcoming film is something a little different than what you'd expect from a puppet-centric film. For one, it's R rated. It also features Jim Henson-style Muppets (sorry Velcro) behaving badly. The filmmakers, which include Jim Henson's son, advertised the film with the following tagline: "No Sesame. All Street." And as a result of that tagline, and other factors, the Sesame Workshop sued to enjoin the film from tarnishing the good 'Sesame Street' name.

And the way it played out is nothing short of a great lesson for children, and lawyers, of all ages.

BigLaw Firms Ditch the Booze at Summer Associate Events

Some law firms finally got the memo: stop serving alcohol at firm events.

It's not like Prohibition; we know how that turned out. But law firms are learning that drinking alcohol is not a good idea at work.

Maybe alcohol-free zones -- like smoke-free zones -- will become the norm someday. In the meantime, major law firms have decided it's about time.

For those lawyers seeking out high profile cases, catching a case against a celebrity can potentially be more lucrative than representing one.

While there are myriad ways to market to this incredibly small pool of potential clients, it's not an impossible feat, particularly as some celebrities seem to repeatedly expose themselves to tort and contract liability. Below you can read about five such celebrities, presented in no significant order, that can be aptly called lightning rods for lawsuits.

Recently, Justice Ginsburg was 'interviewed' by a TMZ 'reporter' as she walked through Reagan National Airport in D.C. During the brief encounter, as the reporter briskly walked alongside the justice and what appeared to be her security personnel, he asked such astounding questions as:

- Would you ever change your career with Judge Judy if you had the opportunity?
- Do you love Judge Judy?
- Would you ever exchange careers, at least for a year, with her?

While the justice did seem to be a little vexed at first, she did answer the second and third questions rather clearly. In response to being asked whether she loved Judy, she said: "I don't watch television." And to the offer to temporarily "exchange" careers with the highly paid TV judge, Justice Ginsburg provided a clear "no," that seemed to laugh its way out of her.

The Bill Cosby criminal retrial is underway, and while what's happening inside the courtroom has been making headlines, outside the courtroom on the first day of trial, a former Cosby Show actress stole the show.

Actress and singer Nicolle Rochelle pulled off a rather provocative stunt during the demonstration happening outside the Pennsylvania courthouse where Cosby's trial was set to begin. Rochelle didn't just jump the barricade and rush Cosby with a fist in the air, as he was entering the courthouse, she did so while topless. Emblazoned on her body were the words "Women's Lives Matter," as well as "rapist" and the names of many of Cosby's accusers. Luckily for the disgraced comedian, sheriff's stopped Rochelle within feet of her reaching Cosby.