5 Tips For Writing Briefs For Tablets
Fifty-eight percent of federal judges are using tablets. Learn how to format your briefs for tablets with these five tips.
BP Lawyers Stretch the Meaning of “Double-Spaced”
"Counsel’s tactic would not be appropriate for a college term paper. It certainly is not appropriate here."
New Lawyers and Law Practice: the Velociraptor You Don’t See
Some lawyers are so focused on marketing that they may get blindsided by other essential parts of a law practice: lawyering and running a business.
How to Write More Effective Opening Paragraphs
"By replacing formulaic openers with forceful arguments," says Burlingame, "lawyers can capture the judge's attention, enhance their credibility, and show from the outset why their clients should win."
Hacking Chaos: The Cornell Method of Note-Taking
It isn't an exaggeration to say that the Cornell Method helps me in every note-taking situation I've encountered in my professional life.
Reduce Legal Research Costs with Google Scholar
If you are seeking ways to reduce legal research costs, you should use Google Scholar to find cases and secondary sources — for free.
Lawyers Should Take Notes by Hand
Based on this study, at least, there is no question how lawyers should be taking notes: by hand.
How to Lose Your Case
I didn’t realize that attorneys would prefer to lose, not win, their case. But if your goal is losing, this article is for you. Be sure to incorporate these ideas from my law clerk friends into your motions and briefs — if you want to lose your case.
Dealing with Rule 11 Threats and Motions
"I have had a number of threats for Rule 11, but only one firm had the balls to actually file one, and the judge ordered them to pay my fees for having to respond."
What Jurors Think About Attorneys
Regardless of the verdict given, what attorney—having argued a case—hasn’t come away wishing for more insight into the minds and perceptions of the jurors? Given ten years of data from systematic surveys of jurors, some patterns in their responses emerge.
How to Increase Focus and Productivity with Mindfulness
So, what exactly is mindfulness and why should lawyers care? The simple answer is that practicing mindfulness will help you be a happier human being and a better lawyer.
How to Prepare for Oral Argument
The key to better oral argument is to get away from your outline and use a more "modular" approach when preparing.
Learn to Deal with Mentally-Ill Clients
It is not your imagination; some of your clients really are mentally ill. In fact, depending on the kind of law you practice, the percentage of your potential client base with a diagnosable personality disorder is probably substantially higher than the average.
The Best Lawyers Demonstrate the Best Ways to Attack Adverse Authority
What should you do when your opponent cites authority in a motion or brief that appears directly on point? Panic. After you finish panicking, you need to determine two threshold issues.