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Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

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Senior Legal Writer,

Joe Fawbush keeps legal professionals and consumers informed on everyday legal topics, recent developments in the law, firm management, marketing, and attorney wellness, among other topics. Joe also produces and co-hosts FindLaw’s "Don’t Judge Me" podcast. A professional writer and legal marketer for the last decade, Joe has helped hundreds of small and mid-size law firms across the country connect with the right audience. He has represented clients in immigration matters, estate planning, and tax controversies. Joe is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the Mitchell Hamline School of Law. He is licensed in Minnesota.


Latest Articles

  • Judges Seek Home Security Services Amid Increasing Threats

    Threats against judges have doubled since 2021, according to Reuters. It is an alarming trend that has concerned U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, who mentioned it in his 2022 year-end report, and Congress, which heard testimony about judicial safety on…

  • Pro Se Litigant Fined 10k for Filing AI-Generated Reply Brief

    In yet another warning to those relying solely on ChatGPT and other generative AI programs to complete highly skilled written tasks, the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District recently fined a pro se litigant for citing fake and irrelevant case names in a reply brief generated by artificial intelligence.

  • Fifth Circuit: Qualified Immunity for Laredo Police After Arresting Citizen Journalist for Asking a Question

    Back-channel reporting on government practices is as old as journalism itself. Journalists with an inside government source may use that source to paint a picture in direct contrast with the public image a government agency, official, or politician puts forth. Then we, the public, are responsible for deciding which…

  • The Son of the 'Godmother of Cocaine' Sues Over Netflix Show 'Griselda'

    Remember the '80s? Netflix sure likes to, capitalizing on '80s nostalgia with hit shows like 'Stranger Things,' 'Glow,' and 'Narcos' — because we're nostalgic even for the less desirable aspects of the decade such as leg warmers and cocaine, apparently. Netflix Sticks With Winning Formula By now most of…

  • Murder Conviction Vacated Due to Sleepy Lawyer

    Murder generally makes for compelling storytelling. It is a staple of fiction across all mediums, and who knows where podcasting would be without the "true crime" genre. But even murder might get old if you've defended over 100 first-degree murder cases. That is, apparently, what happened to veteran attorney…

  • Epstein Court Document Unsealed ... Social Media Can Relax Now, Right?

    Scandals involving high-profile politicians, celebrities, business tycoons, and prominent academics are tailor-made for social media, particularly when they involve heinous crimes or sex. The famous criminal and civil cases against notorious sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein had it all, which is why it is no surprise that social media has…

  • Analyzing the Trump Disqualification Argument In the Wake of the Colorado Supreme Court's Decision

    Donald Trump's re-election campaign has been challenged in at least 25 states. State courts have so far declined to bar Trump's candidacy — until now. The Colorado Supreme Court shook up the legal and political world on December 19 by holding, in a per curiam 4-3 majority opinion, that…

  • Sandra Day O'Connor Dies: Independent, Pragmatic . . . and Overturned?

    Justice Sandra Day O'Connor passed away on December 1, 2023. As has been noted for decades, she was a giant in the legal world, and not just because she was the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. At some point, she angered, disappointed, and frustrated just about…

  • SCOTUS' New Ethics Code: Not Really New, Not Really a Code. But It's Something.

    The Supreme Court has been considering some sort of official ethical code of conduct since at least 2019, when Justice Elena Kagan revealed at a Congressional subcommittee hearing that Chief Justice John Roberts was contemplating the idea. Four years later, that code of conduct has finally appeared, announced without…

  • New Survey Says Mothers Still Facing Burdens In Legal Practice

    Work-life balance in the legal profession has come a long way. If nothing else, law firms generally must at least acknowledge some sort of effort at providing work-life balance for associates as a recruitment tool. But is it anything more than lip service? According to a new American Bar…

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