Case Western Law School Vows to Make Its Graduates “Client-Ready”
Case Western Reserve University School of Law is the latest to overhaul its curriculum to cater to what law firms say they want: young lawyers who can hit the ground running.
How To Avoid Jury Duty: Act Gay
Can you get out of jury duty by being gay or seeming gay? The Ninth Circuit is wrestling with just that issue right now.
Attorney’s Guide to Going Paperless
On August 29th I will be presenting a teleconference Attorney’s Guide to Going Paperless for NBI. Among the topics that we will discuss are reasons for going paperless, what you need to get started, implementing a paperless workflow and digital file management. CLE is available for most states and will qualify for 1.5 to 2.0 hours […]
How Much Is An Appellate Win Worth To You?
A trio of appellate law experts have teamed up to offer moot court services that could increase your chances of winning that key appellate case, but their services will run you the price of a BMW Mini. Would you pay?
Internet Research Tips and Resources for Lawyers
At the Strategic Solutions for Solo & Small Firms conference, Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch gave two presentations on advanced internet research. Here are some of the most-useful tips and resources I got from their presentations.
When Common Knowledge is Wrong: Ex Parte Communications
When a judge told Mark Bennett that a communication in open court is not ex parte, he pulled up Westlaw. The judge was wrong.
The Enigmatic Em Dash
Don't fear the em dash—it can add energy and much needed variety to your prose.
When Was Your Last Trial?
How long has it been since you last took a case to trial? (Or, if you haven't, tell us that, too.)
Are Free Case Evaluations a Waste of Time?
In an effort to get potential clients in the door, many attorneys offer free initial meetings or free case evaluations. But when an attorney spends most of their day meeting with potential clients that never become clients, is it a sound policy?
A Legal System without Court Reporters?
Suffice it to say that court reporters are pretty worried about their profession. And I guess they should be worried, because that's what Judge Richard Kopf wants.
Learn to Say No to Clients, Opposing Counsel, and the Court
In an effort to avoid conflict, many attorneys say yes more often than they should. Learn to say no to clients, opposing counsel, and the court.
Ten Practical Tips for Effectively Using Retained Expert Witnesses
Much like a cowboy herding cattle, the lawyer needs to provide guidance to his retained expert witness. Whether the retained expert specializes in accident reconstruction, engineering, or medicine, you can effectively manage experts with a few simple strategies.
Can Clinical Education Make New Lawyers Useful?
Maybe law schools don't need to change; maybe we just need to reduce the role law schools play in legal education.
Hi, I’m the Constitution, Remember Me?
For attorneys, the 4th of July is an ideal time to read and reflect on the Constitution. You swore an oath to uphold it, so there's no time like the present to remind yourself what it says.