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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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; […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
You Have a Meeting and Your Car Won’t Start. Now What?
There is no other feeling quite like the anxiety that arises when a turn of the ignition results in the silence. Here is what you need to do to make sure you get to your appointment on time.
Three Microsoft Outlook Quick Tricks
As useful as it is to learn new techniques for increasing your productivity like using tasks and categories to organize your matter workload or make delegating easier, sometimes it's the little things — features you might not even think to look for — that can make otherwise mundane tasks much easier.
How to Auto-Number Discovery Requests in Microsoft Word
How to use Word’s SEQ field and Autotext to autonumber discovery requests.
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.
Five Microsoft Word Rules You Must Follow
Following these five rules of Microsoft Word will save you time, frustration, and money.
Internet Research Tips and Resources for Lawyers
Some of the most-useful Internet research tips and resources from Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch.