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Author Archives: Jack L.B. Gohn

Jack L.B. Gohn: ‘Partner’ and other Big Law euphemisms

Despite a mostly placid surface, the most recent of the “Law Firms in Transition” reports issued annually by law firm consultancy Altman Weil is alarming. True, it starts with the unstartling observation that larger firms continue to change in response ...

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Jack L.B. Gohn: In SIJ cases, we broke it, we bought it

Among the oft-touted secondary benefits of pro bono legal work is making a practitioner feel good about himself. But that feeling can be seductive and deceptive, as all forms of self-satisfaction can. And among the first things threatened are one’s ...

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Jack L.B. Gohn: Diesels, directors and dogma

To a hammer, the proverb goes, everything looks like a nail. Even when it’s nothing like a nail at all. The workings of this principle recently popped up in a New York Times column on the Volkswagen mess by James ...

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Jack L.B. Gohn: The house always wins – and often excludes

The casino industry is designed around the principle that every game is openly rigged in favor of the house. Some publicly acknowledged feature designed into each game assures the casino that, over a large number of wagers, the house will ...

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Jack L.B. Gohn: The weird jurisprudence and constitutionalism of Ted Cruz

I write about policy in this column, not politics, but sometimes a focus on policy inescapably draws one’s attention to politicians. This is one of those times. Nearly 16 months before the next election (thanks to our agonizingly long presidential ...

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