Teaching Your First CLE
Last month we talked about some of the benefits of teaching a CLE. But let’s say you’ve already been asked to teach a CLE. Maybe somebody found your blog and thought you sounded knowledgeable on a topic. Or maybe you were at a happy hour and tricked someone into thinking you know what you’re talking [...]
Social Media and Jurors
Social media is a great source of information for lawyers investigating potential jurors. How can lawyers use it without crossing ethical lines? Social media also gives jurors an outlet to violate court instructions, and lawyers monitor their online postings to make sure they do not jeopardize the judicial process.
BlackBerry Z10 Review
If you are laser-focused on communication, take yourself very seriously, and you don't use much social media, you will probably be happy with the BlackBerry Z10.
How In-House Counsel Use Social Media
Be wary of articles that tout the legal marketing ROI from using social media. Look closely at the statistics being cited. Often, they are not as compelling as many social media enthusiasts would like you to believe.
Why LegalZoom Is Better than You [Sponsored Post]
I’m going to come right out and say it. Online legal services offer a better service proposition than some estate attorneys. In fact, they currently present the biggest threat to estate attorneys in the history of our industry. I sense you vigorously shaking your head. Nonsense, you mutter. After all, estate attorneys do more than [...]
Does Your Commute Have to Make You Miserable?
I recently transitioned from a 10 minute commute to a 35 minute commute. All of the research indicates that this switch should be making me desperately unhappy. So far, however, I am not miserable. Here’s why.
Firing a Client
Lawyers spend their entire careers representing clients and chasing potential ones. Sometimes, however, a client's actions leave a lawyer with only one options: fire the client.
Interview with John Ferriter: Marine Judge Advocate
Do you have what it takes to be a leader of Marines? This is an interview with Capt. John Ferriter, Marine Judge Advocate.
Lawyers are professional service providers. Which means, in addition to merely performing analysis and exercising judgment, you have to actually communicate with people. And people are going to try to communicate with you. Clients, potential clients, opposing counsel, colleagues, courts, etc, all vying for access to you. If you’re doing it right, you won’t have [...]
Origins of the Legal Writing Wars: Constructing Sentences
Most lawyers have enough ability to write readable prose, but their style choices doom them to failure. Many of those choices have historical roots.
The One Shoe Every Lawyer Ought to Own
In light of yesterday’s post about not dressing like a pompous ass, I feel like it’s time to revisit my recurring topic of men’s dress. A while ago, someone asked me to write a post about the five shoes that every lawyer needs. But really, a lawyer needs only one style of shoe, which he ought [...]
Microsoft Brings Office to iOS
Today, Microsoft releases Office for iOS. There are a couple of catches, though.
How to Work Track Changes Like a Boss
If your legal writing is subject to "editing by committee", it pays to learn how to work Microsoft Word's Track Changes feature to its full potential. Here are eight ways to work Track Changes like an expert.
Solving the Multitasking Problem?
I have two monitors on both my home and office computers. At any given time I have 6-15 tabs open in Chrome. I talk on the phone, review my calendar, and respond to e-mail at the same time. And, apparently, it is slowly increasing my stress, demolishing my productivity, and possibly hurting my IQ. It [...]
Dressing Like a Pompous … Don’t Be That Guy
I took a quick walk to the courthouse earlier this week. I was filing a motion, no need to go through security and I wasn’t going to see a judge, so I was in casual clothes. No suit. It was Monday morning, so the area around the courthouse was teeming with attorneys heading into trials [...]