Most people get into law with the intent of helping others out. Unfortunately, the daily grind of being a lawyer can make people forget why they got into the profession in the first place. It’s important for lawyers to continually re-ignite their passion in order to do and feel their best. Listening to these top TED talks for lawyers regularly can help even the most jaded lawyer to become inspired once again.
“A prosecutor’s vision for a better justice system”
Adam Foss, prosecutor and juvenile justice reformer
Too many teenagers face life-long consequences for poor decisions made in their youth. Adam Foss is a prosecutor who initially went to law school in hopes of making money. Instead, he realized how biased the judicial system is against juveniles. Foss passionately talks about how we can help at-risk youth and how spending a lifetime in prison isn’t necessarily the right approach.
“How I beat a patent troll”
Drew Curtis, administrator and founder of fark.com
Frivolous and abusive lawsuits filed by those who own patents are becoming a troubling trend. The trend, known as “patent trolling,” costs the American economy billions of dollars. Everything from ideas to celebrity phrases to parts of the human genome can be patented. Drew Curtis tells why this is a problem and how he fought back against a company who sued him for simply sending out a press release via email.
“How great leaders inspire action”
Simon Sinek, author and professor
Being a leader in a law firm can be daunting. Inspiring fellow partners, attorneys and clerks to work together in order to be prepared for the courtroom is no easy task. Sinek inspired the crowd and teaches what attributes are necessary in order to be a good leader and how they can be attained.
“Why witnesses get it wrong”
Scott Fraser, expert witness and forensic psychologist
Witnesses play a big role in the courtroom; however, they aren’t as reliable as many people believe. Scott Fraser is a forensic psychologist who has years of experience in how fallible human memories can be. In the TED talk, Fraser speaks of how memories can be inconsistent, how life experiences can affect memory and how to work around it in the courtroom.