Jury Duty: A Lawyer’s Journey

Jury Duty: A Lawyer’s Journey

A couple of weeks ago I received a summons to serve as a juror. My first one ever. Lawyers usually don’t like jury duty because we almost always get struck. It’s a waste of our time. But as I’m not one to shy away from my civic duty, I committed to...
Annual Planning For Lawyers – Reference Guide

Annual Planning For Lawyers – Reference Guide

This guide has been revised and updated for 2017. I was walking around a shopping center in early November and there were already Christmas decorations hung up everywhere. Thanksgiving seems like it has almost been completely subsumed by the winter holiday season....
Ethics Of Misrepresentation In Negotiation

Ethics Of Misrepresentation In Negotiation

Being an effective negotiator is an incredibly important aspect of being a lawyer. Whether it be a contract dispute or a bitter custody battle, negotiation comes to play on a regular basis in the representation of clients. Negotiation can either be amicable...
How To Write A Good Legal Memo

How To Write A Good Legal Memo

Perhaps the most important skill a new lawyer needs to have a firm grasp of is writing. Why? Writing is thinking: It’s simple. The amount of information our brains can fit into our short term memory at once isn’t a lot. If you never have thoughts that require...
Introducing A New Primary Topic: #lawdata

Introducing A New Primary Topic: #lawdata

Generally speaking, lawyers live in Microsoft Word (or Wordperfect, ick). That is, lawyers work with words more than anything else. It’s our wheelhouse. Convincingly stringing lots of words together is how we earn our keep. Generally speaking, consultants,...