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How To Write A Good Legal Memo

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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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Site News: Odds n’ Ends

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A bit of housekeeping and an update for people new (and old) to Associate’s Mind. Yesterday marked two years since the publication of my first book, The Marble and The Sculptor: From Law School To Law Practice. Writing the book was difficult ...

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Book Review: The Practice

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Next in a series of long overdue book reviews, here are my thoughts on The Practice: Brutal Truths About Lawyers And Lawyering by Brian Tannebaum. Go buy this book right now. I’ll elaborate. As with my review of Supreme Ambitions, ...

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The Illusion Of Control


Yesterday my son had surgery. A tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (TNA in medical jargon). A fairly simple procedure in the realm of surgeries. I had mine taken out when I was around 8 and vaguely remember it as not being that bad ...

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The Weight Of Old Things

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I was in the basement with my five-year old son the other day, looking for something among the boxes, furniture, and other assorted cruft that accumulates when you have a home. The basement becomes a repository of discarded or forgotten items. ...

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How to Write (Better) Requests for Admissions

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Requests for Admissions are sort of the red-headed stepchild of the discovery process. Interrogatories and Requests for Production get all the attention in law school and CLEs, while poor Requests for Admissions (RFAs) sit in the corner, never asked to ...

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Imagination > Plastic

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So Christmas has come and passed. My five-year-old son received a boatload of presents. A huge RC monster truck. Transformers. A RC helicopter. Puzzles. Legos. A Power Wheels Mini-Cooper for him to drive around in. An iPad mini (his schools ...

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The Secret Ambition of Every Brief


While researching something completely unrelated, I came upon a brief article by Justice Maria Rivera (First District Court of Appeal, Div. 4, CA) regarding writing briefs for appeals entitled: The Ten Commandments of Brief Writing. Before delving into the “Ten Commandments”, Justice Rivera ...

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