The Truth About Lies

The Truth About Lies

Lying, it turns out, is something that most of us are very adept at. We lie with ease, in ways big and small, to strangers, co-workers, friends, and loved ones. Our capacity for dishonesty is as fundamental to us as our need to trust others, which ironically makes us...
Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is a term for when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance abuse problem simultaneously.  A person experiencing a mental health condition may turn to drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication to improve the troubling mental health...
Secrets and Their Implications

Secrets and Their Implications

Keeping a secret is hard.  As a matter of professional ethics, lawyers are required to keep a client’s confidences.  These confidential communications can be understood as secrets. In a recent study, Michael Slepian of Columbia University, addressed the question...
It’s Not About the Money

It’s Not About the Money

For decades, Stephen Bright has worked to provide the quality of legal representation to the powerless and impoverished that only the wealthiest clients could afford.  All the while, he has done so on a shoestring, forsaking the riches his profession could bring....
The Remarkable Aaron Burr

The Remarkable Aaron Burr

“Law is whatever is boldly asserted and plausibly maintained.” – Aaron Burr Aaron Burr was the third vice president of the United States, serving under President Thomas Jefferson.  Burr fatally shot his rival, Alexander Hamilton, during a duel. As a...