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(Not) Working on Vacation

How to work during a vacation without completely ruining it.

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4 Annoying Microsoft Word Features You Should Turn Off

Microsoft Word sometimes gets in the way. Here are four annoying Microsoft Word features you'll want to turn off.

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Fujitsu ScanSnap FAQ

Since the hundreds questions and answers in the comments on our ScanSnap reviews are getting unwieldy, here are some of the most common questions, with answers.

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Get What You Need from Technology, Not What You Want

Drill down to the problem you need to solve instead of shopping for the features you think you want but probably don't.

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How to Run Effective Meetings

Meetings can be a huge waste of time for lawyers. Make yours more effective and waste less time with these tips.

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Evernote Archaeology

A little Evernote archaeology now and then will keep you sharp and ensure your best thoughts don't get lost in your archives.

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Spell-Checkers Won’t Catch These Usage Bungles

Does your spell- and grammar-checker proof your writing and make your usage decisions? Some common usage errors should make you think twice.

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Fashionable, Professional Bags and Tech Accessories for Women Lawyers

This list of professional bags for women lawyers includes a wide range of names, styles, colors, and interesting lesser-known brands, all of which can accommodate a laptop.

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Podcast #37: Internet Ninja Research Tricks with Carole Levitt & Mark Rosch

The Internet is a powerful tool for research that few people know how to use well. Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch are two of those people. They move through the Internet like ninjas through a moonless night. Before we talk to Carole and Mark, we argue about whether Nikki Black is right that 50% of […]

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This Is What Happens When Lawyers Try To Be Funny

Attempts at humor usually fall flat. —Guide for Counsel in Cases to Be Argued Before the Supreme Court of the United States, Part II, pg. 10 (October Term 2014). So says the highest court in the land, but it hasn’t stopped lawyers from trying to be funny. This is what happens when they fail. Knock-Knock […]

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How Cross-Examination Bullying Can Wreck Your Case

When a lot of lawyers think of cross-examination, they think of a fight-to-the-death cage match between the lawyer and the witness. They think of scenes like these from prosecutor Juan Martinez’s cross-examination of Jodi Arias: Those of you who don’t want to do cross-examination like this can breathe easy—there’s a better way. You’ve guessed it; […]

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Lawyers Whose Direct Examinations Sound Like James Joyce Novels

Direct examination is one of the most important parts of trial. It is your vehicle for establishing the key facts in your case, laying the foundation for your evidence, and connecting with a jury. An effective direct examination doesn’t happen by accident. As Gerry Spence notes, it must be part of a bigger narrative: If […]

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5 Ways To Keep Your Client Occupied During Mediation Downtime

Let's spice things up with some much better ways to pass the time when you're locked in a room with someone (with whom you may only have a nodding acquaintance personally) for hours at a time.

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Lawyers Who Aren’t Sure How Modern English Works

You don’t have to look far to find legalese in legal writing. Just take the standard closings in affidavits and declarations. Here are three variations  used in just one jurisdiction. We can do better. Start by reading Bryan Garner. As Mark Hermann notes, the jury needs to know that you sound like a human being: Remember: Deposition […]

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How To Be Better At Cross-Examination Than The Lawyer From Serial

Sometimes the best way to figure out how to do something is to first figure out how not to do it. If you want to learn how to cross-examine, why not start with listening (ending at 30:30) to how Cristina Gutierrez cross-examined Jay Wilds in the Adnan Syed case (the topic of last year’s Serial […]