Justice or Assassination?

23 May 2016

President Obama presented the assasination by drone as a victory in the war on terrorism, but was it justice?

The Conundrum of Compromise

18 May 2016

The controversy surrounding the American Bar Association’s decision not to publish the memoirs of famed  human rights activist Teng Biao allegedly because it feared angering the Chinese government and jeopardizing its programs in the country points to a universal problem facing foreign businesses and organizations working in China. When are moral compromises appropriate? 

Your Strategic Career Plan

11 Apr 2016

To create an effective strategic plan you need to have a concrete, measurable goal, and you need to set forth particular actions you will take in a certain timeframe.

Rethinking Asylum Seeker Detention in Hong Kong

15 Mar 2016

A proposed blanket detention indiscriminately assumes that all asylum claims are unmeritorious.

Career Theory, Part 2: Identifying Compatible Jobs

07 Mar 2016

In my first installment about the career planning process for public interest lawyers I emphasized the importance of identifying your talents. Talents are skills you enjoy using. In my case, my talents are public speaking, counseling, and writing. Identifying your talents is roughly akin to having a compass for your career journey. Your talents are your magnetic North. Now you can start your search for the right job. 

Justice Labs Mentor Margaret Stock Running for Senate

17 Feb 2016

Justice Labs mentor Margaret Stock has just announced that she will be running as an independent. Margaret was a hit when she gave a law lecture to Chinese students at Wuhan University in 2011. 

Three Steps to Job Satisfaction

11 Feb 2016

Career Planning Theory

For those of you who are just embarking on a career as a lawyer or for those who have been practicing for some time certain universal truths apply to the career planning process.  To find a satisfying job in public interest law (or in any field for that matter) you need to follow three steps: (1) know yourself; (2) identify compatible jobs; (3) create a written plan and follow through with it. In the next three blog posts we will look in depth at these three steps. This week we will look at the first step. 

The Plight of Rights Lawyers in China

03 Feb 2016

Here is a penetrating, disturbing report about the status of rights lawyers in China that appears in the February 1, 2016 edition of the American Bar Association Journal. 

The attacks published in China's state-sponsored news media pulled no punches. Wang Yu is an "arrogant convict of a woman," screamed an op-ed article in one major newspaper. Wang Yu is a "hypocritical and false lawyer." Wang Yu is a "shrew." In retrospect, the media assault against Wang, one of China’s leading human rights lawyers, should have come as no surprise—and it fore-shadowed things to come.

Public Interest Lawyer Profile: Gregory Antollino

13 Jan 2016

"I consider myself a trial lawyer first, a litigator second. I represent victims of employment discrimination, other civil rights violations (wrongful arrests, wrongful prosecutions and police brutality), and clients harmed by neglectful or dishonest lawyers.