Joseph Campbell

The Labor of Law – Save Yourself and You Save the World

Next month I will have officially reached my twenty-fifth year of lawyering; the majority of those years were spent slogging through the litigation trenches as a state and federal public defender.  These can be dark waters we lawyers swim in.  We confront people at their lowest moments in life.  We absorb trauma vicariously through our…

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Until the Work Is Done

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting a woman named Terry Fear.  I was planning a Zoom panel discussion for a group of community lay leaders where I live in Arizona; the topic of which was to be the federal death penalty.  Terry, an activist who lives near Terre Haute, Indiana (home of the…

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The 3 “Rs” of Sentencing Storytelling.

No matter what the case, there are only three types of sentencing stories defense lawyers ever tell.  I call them the 3 “Rs”, and they are: REASONS, RELATIVITY and REDEMPTION.  Every case has at least one.  With a little bit of luck and whole lot of elbow grease, you may uncover all three. Understanding these…

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What Penguins Can Teach Lawyers About “Minding the Gap”

Forget the inauguration.  This Friday, January 20, 2017, is National Penguin Awareness Day!  I swear, that’s really a thing.  Google it. So, what do penguins have to do with lawyers and their clients? I’ll get there.  I promise!  Read on. Would it make our jobs easier if our clients, particularly those that will one day…

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