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Battle the Hum: Reducing In-Office Distractions

When you are in your office, the distractions can be legion. Here are some ways to reduce the things that can divert your attention.

How to Manage Technology Change in a Law Firm

When you decide to make a technology change for your firm, you need to make sure to get buy-in from your staff. Here's how.

Lawyers Need to Experience Court from the Self-Represented Litigant Perspective

This past summer I had the opportunity to sit and observe eviction court in a major US city from a tenant's perspective. What I saw made me feel dismayed and embarrassed.

CLE Presentation Tips: Mastering Time

Every public speaker—especially attorneys presenting CLEs—needs to know how to manage their time. Here are three tips to help you do just that.

5 Questions to Ask Before Taking a Deposition

Before you file your next deposition notice, ask yourself if the deposition is really necessary. If the answer is no and you take the deposition anyway, you are wasting time, driving up litigation costs, and perhaps even damaging your case.

Break Yourself: How to Vacation as a Solo Attorney

Sometimes, going on vacation can seem out of reach for a solo attorney. Here are some tips on how to arrange your life and your practice so you can get out of town.

I Am Not Bringing My Laptop on Vacation Next Year

The best vacation is one where you actually vacation. Learn how to actually set work aside while you vacation with your family.

Things Lawyers Think Are Tax Deductible That Are Not

Not everything that seems like a business expense is tax deductible. Here are a few things that lawyers commonly assume they can deduct, but they cannot.

Know Your Weaknesses

We look at how to evaluate your own weaknesses, and how the knowledge of those weaknesses can help you turn them into strengths.

Cross-Examination and the Perfect Question

During cross-examination, constructing perfect questions will force the witness to give only answers that help you persuade the jury and win the trial.

Four Big Firm Habits You Need to Break

Working at a big firm can lead to habits that are bad for a small or solo practice. Here's how I am working to overcome four of them.

Attorney and Counselor at Law, and Ambiguity

Is "Attorney & Counselor at Law" a redundant job title? No. The roles are distinct and there is a time and place for each.

The Secret Style Guide the Supreme Court Doesn’t Want You to Read

You can't get any higher than supreme. So when the public gets a glimpse into the inner workings of the Supreme Court, it's a big deal.

Three Grammar Rules to Forget (Because They’re Wrong)

Remember those grammar rules you learned back in grade school? It's time to forget them.

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.