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Lawyers, Ignore The Power of Visuals at Your Own Peril

Sometimes, visuals are the key to understanding—or even winning—a case, but lawyers routinely fail to use them.


Podcast #89: Starting a Solo Practice, with Mac Power Users Podcaster Katie Floyd

During this week's podcast, Aaron and Sam discuss why sometimes lawyers should shorten written content, and Sam talks with Katie Floyd, co-host of the Mac Power Users podcast, about setting up her solo practice and tips for Mac and iOS users.


Six Steps to Better Depositions

Depositions are often frightening and difficult experiences. Use these six tips to ease your anxiety and own the room.

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Webinar 101: Keeping an Audience That Doesn’t Want to Pay Attention

Delivering a webinar—where you have no live audience to give you feedback—is very different from conducting a CLE. Here are some tips to make sure your webinar isn't boring.

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Event Planning for Lawyers

Event planning is a critical skill that many lawyers don't cultivate. Here are some tips on how to get up to speed.


How To Avoid Billing for Interruptions

More than almost any other type of worker, lawyers overestimate the amount of time they spend working.


Evaluate Your Writing with Word’s Readability Statistics

Writing for your audience means keeping your words simple and your sentences succinct. Use Microsoft Word's readability feature to help you make this happen.

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The Art of Negotiation: Client Goals and Settlement Authority

Successful negotiation starts with a clear understanding of client goals and a lawyer's settlement authority.


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.


How to Represent a Diverse Clientele

Lawyers have to adjust their client relations to an increasingly diverse clientele. Here’s what you need to start doing to get it right.


Hello, World! Should Attorneys Learn to Code?

Lawyers should definitely learn to code because both information and technology are the tools of the profession's trade. Here's the first in a three-part guide that will teach you how to code.

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If-Then Statements: A Simple Way to Cut Email Chains Down to Size

Everyone wastes time with lengthy email exchanges, but they don't have to. Here's how to simplify your email communication with clear "if-then" statements that will drastically shorten the time you spend setting up meetings and other assorted tasks.


Hey Hey, Ho Ho, 19th Century Fonts Have Got to Go

Lawyers are fixated on fonts and typographical rules that went out of style decades ago. We can do better.

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How to Turn Lawyers into Better Writers

By and large, lawyers fall into two camps: those who loathe admitting that their writing needs help and, worse, those who do not even realize it. Set aside your ego. It’s time for some introspection and, hopefully, action.

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Preparing for E-Discovery, Step Two: Opposition Research

When preparing for e-discovery, you need to make sure you do some effective opposition research first. Here's how.