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Army Invites Innovators to Enter 7th Dragon's Lair

For the first time, the XVIII Airborne Corps will partner with Army Futures Command to co-host the seventh installment of Dragon's Lair, a "Shark Tank"-style competition.
(Originally posted by SGT. MAXINE BAEN, XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS PUBLIC AFFAIRS)
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Fight Over Legal Advertising Login Spotlights Offboarding Asset Management

The dispute highlights the need for employers and employees to clearly establish who owns logins to digital work assets as they become more common in the workplace.

     
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Stoltenberg Details NATO Progress in Deterrence, Defense

Russia's invasion of Ukraine dominated the NATO defense ministers' meeting in Brussels, but the ministers — including Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III — also considered a range of actions and programs in preparation for the Madrid Summit.
(Originally posted by Jim Garamone)
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Stories of Recovery: There is an army out there to help you

Editor’s note: This post is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s Stories of Recovery blog series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance use or mental health issues. Call or text TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) and find more information at tlaphelps.org.

After interviewing to move my solo practice to another firm, I celebrated at home with a “solo” bottle of wine. I tried to share the news with my wife, but I couldn’t complete a sentence without slurring. She took a video of me on her iPhone as I tried to re-explain what I had just told her about my interviews. That was a wake-up call.

While I had long dealt with depression, matters only got worse years earlier when my then-firm closed its office and I went solo. Solo practice was not only isolating, but financially terrifying. If clients slow-paid or didn’t pay at all, the food on my table, the tax payments, mortgage, private college tuition payments, and every other bill were literally at stake, too often leaving me working paycheck to paycheck. My family asked why we had to cut the corners off the corners we had already cut even when I was working around the clock seven days a week.

I dealt with that stress by self-medicating. As a solo I had nobody to answer to, so if I drank beer through the day while writing, well surely it was okay to calm my nerves so I could get my work done.

But alcohol didn’t solve my problems. Instead, it compounded my stress, loneliness, and anxiety. When I came home, it isolated me from my family. While I was physically “there,” I was also always somewhere else, mired in self-doubt, self-pity, fear, and self-loathing. My daily goal was to make it to bedtime to start yet another Groundhog Day upon waking.

So, back to the job interview. My wife’s video was a reality check. It confirmed that my drinking wasn’t really just to dull the pain of the bad but to celebrate the good and survive the mundane. So, whatever the day brought, if it ended in the letter “y,” I drank.

I knew I needed help. No question, it was difficult for me to summon the courage to call the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, or TLAP, but when I did, the staff supported and encouraged me and reassured me there was a better way and that I did not have to go through things alone. The concept of lawyers living happily and thriving without alcohol intrigued me.

After embarrassing myself in front of my son one final time, I decided to go all in. I feared attending a cliche recovery meeting, but I knew it couldn’t be worse than my then day-to-day routine. When I joined a meeting by phone and introduced myself, the group applauded me for showing up, invited me back, and offered me support, without judgment, shame, or guilt.

Recovery is hard. But so is parenting, or dieting, or preparing for trial, or, quite simply, being a human being who is alive. In hindsight, I had put in an awful lot of “hard work” digging myself into a position where I had become a mental and physical train wreck. Now I am committed to investing the same energy to turning things around. The bottom line is that there are so many people out there just like me and just like you, who have suffered through the same experiences, and who have good advice, insights, and suggestions to help. We are everywhere— at the courthouse, the grocery store, the doctor’s office, stuck in traffic, or anywhere else you can imagine. The sad fact is that statistics bear that out. We are not pariahs but just humans who need help and help each other.

TLAP helped me find the courage to reach out and find a better and much more fulfilling way of life. My family life, health, and practice have improved dramatically after receiving help freely offered to me from absolute strangers who gave me no judgment or criticism but only support. Many have had it far worse than I could ever imagine, and I respect them so much for their courage and strength—they inspire me every day. If you think there is no hope, then I will boldly tell you that you are dead wrong. I hope you find the courage to make that first life-altering call. There is an army out there to help you once you do so and a whole new life that will be more rewarding than you could ever imagine.

Original author: Guest Blogger
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3 Roadblocks Facing the Bipartisan Federal Data Privacy Bill

While the latest murmurs of the draft federal data privacy act are cautiously hopeful, the provisions are largely drafted from scratch, and contain more than a few potential problems on the road to passage.

     
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The Marble Palace Blog: When Justices Have Lawyers in the Family

It's no surprise that Supreme Court justices have lawyers as relatives, but sometimes when they do, things get tricky.

     
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Trump Aide Peter Navarro Lawyers Up After Bumpy Start to Contempt Fight

Peter Navarro appeared with his new legal team on Friday as he pleaded not guilty to contempt of charges.

     
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Ex-Judge Assails Former Law Clerk John Eastman's Jan. 6 Theory as 'Constitutional Mischief'

J. Michael Luttig, a former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, told the Jan. 6 committee that there was "no basis in the Constitution or the laws of the United States" for a theory advanced by Eastman that the vice president could determine the winner of a presidential election.

     
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Paul Weiss to Lead Multibillion-Dollar Revlon Bankruptcy

The 90-year-old cosmetic company filed for bankruptcy in New York this week and turned to Paul Weiss' Paul Basta as lead counsel.

     
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Logistics Agreement Will Facilitate Aid in Western Hemisphere, Generals Say

The commanders of U.S. Transportation Command and U.S. Southern Command signed a charter for a regional "Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Logistics Handbook for the Western Hemisphere."  
(Originally posted by DAVID VERGUN)
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The Big Law Lawyers on Putin's Travel Ban List

At least 40 lawyers appear on Russia's travel ban list. Some of these lawyers are U.S. officials, but others are in private practice.

     
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NATO Defense Leaders Set Stage for Alliance Decisions at Madrid Summit

NATO leaders are making long-term plans to deter and defend every inch of alliance territory, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said.
(Originally posted by Jim Garamone)
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Fenwick, Growing in DC, Adds Founders of Government Contracting Boutique

Joyce Tong Oelrich and Zohra Tejani, who developed a base of about 30 clients, will lead a new GC and public procurement practice at Fenwick.

     
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Elon Musk, SpaceX, Tesla Sued in Class Action Alleging Cryptocurrency 'Pyramid Scheme'

The complaint quoted an array of Musk's tweets regarding Dogecoin, including a meme declaring that Dogecoin "is money" and a claim that SpaceX would launch a satellite mission paid for with Dogecoin.

     
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Baker & Hostetler Partner Fails to Advance Out of Judiciary Committee for ATF Role

The committee did advance judicial nominees for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and First circuits.

     
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Energy Lawyers See Shifting Advisory Work in Light of the Ukraine Crisis

"When the lights go out, bad things happen—people are hurt, economies suffer and national and global security are undermined."

     
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Harpoon Weapon System, More Howitzers Headed to Ukraine

New security assistance will support Ukraine's most urgent needs for artillery, as well as near-term priorities for coastal defense, secure communications and optics, senior defense officials said.
(Originally posted by C. Todd Lopez)
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More Than 50 Nations Pledge to Help Build Ukraine's Defense

Following its most recent meeting, the Ukraine Defense Contact Group will "move even faster and push even harder" to get military capabilities into the hands of Ukrainian forces battling Russian invaders, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said.
(Originally posted by JIM GARAMONE)
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DOD Preparing for Climate Change Impacts, Official Says

Climate change is dramatically increasing the demand for military operations and impacting our readiness and our ability to meet those demands, the Defense Department's chief sustainability officer and senior advisor for climate said.
(Originally posted by David Vergun)
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Congressional Action Can Help DOD Weather Microelectronics Supply Crunch 

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill can help the Defense Department make it through supply shortages for microchips and microelectronics both now and into the future, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks said.  
(Originally posted by C. Todd Lopez)
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