2015 ABA 509 Disclosures: Fifty Shades Of Grey

Quietly and without fanfare, the ABA 509 Required Disclosures website was updated with the 2015 reports. December 15th is the required reporting day, but you don’t see it mentioned that often. Law schools are required to post their 509 reports ...

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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 ...

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Annual Planning For Lawyers – Reference Guide

I was walking around a shopping center in early November and there were already holiday Christmas decorations hung up everywhere. Thanksgiving seems like it has almost been completely subsumed by the winter holiday season. Which is unsurprising really. Thanksgiving is, well, about giving ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, specifically business consultants, live ...

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