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Discuss the skills lawyers need to have in order to excel.
Anyone have any suggestions regarding high quality services that offer consultations to lawyers in other practice areas? I am a solo and a client recently received a cease and desist letter alleging trademark infringement the allegations of which lo…
CLEs from National Business Institute Seminar?
Has anyone used these folks for their CLEs? They have a $1299/year for unlimited CLEs in person and over the web. I am venturing into a new practice area and it seems like an efficient way to get up to speed. Also, I am licensed in multiple states s…
I'm in the process of opening my practice with a focus of representing veterans before the VA... Is there anyone on the Lab who already has such a practice?
Avoid Hangry Judges; Schedule Hearings After Meals
[J]udges appear to be much more inclined to approve a parole request when they’ve just come off a break. In contrast, they reject far more requests than usual the closer they get to break time — and nearly 100% of the requests just before they take …
how to predict opposition's argument in a legal battle?
how to know what the opponent is going to argue? if they are going to object my argument or not? what evidence, questions they are going to ask in response to my argument?
what a judge thinks about my argument? what juries are thinking …
Managing Closed Files
I am about a year into practice and am just now getting enough closed files to make a storage solution necessary. Right now, I have the files packed into accountant boxes and stashed in our basement. However, I have found that I may need a more orga…
Pro Bono Work -- Use a Fee/Engagement Agreement?
It's good policy to have any paying clients sign an engagement agreement (I prefer that term to "fee agreement"), setting out the terms and scope of representation. Does anyone do this with pro bono clients, too, omitting the provisions with respec…
Rebut Counter Arguments Like the Supremes Do
U.S. Supreme Court Justice’s that is.
As a legal researcher and writer for attorneys, rebutting a counter argument is fun to me (yes, I’m actually serious). It’s like a delicate salsa dance. Being law school survivors, we all have read hundreds …
Getting your clients to understand you
My Insider note today:
How (not) to talk to clients
Most of the time you are talking, your clients probably have no idea what you are talking about. You use normal words like complaint, agreement, and security to mean legally-significant t…
Any good practice manuals for estate planning?
I have been lurking for a few weeks now. I am happy to have found a blog and forum with so many helpful articles and posts as I start my own practice. I have spent pretty much my whole career from passing the bar to now working i…
Business emails sent during non-business hours
I'm a solo and I do a lot of work during non-business hours, particularly since I became a dad. A lot of my work involves drafting and responding to correspondence with clients, opposing counsel, and courts, usually in the form of letters attached t…
ABA Annual Meeting
Making my maiden voyage to an ABA event. Any idea what the dress code is for CLE and that sort of thing. We tend to be business casual or less for these types of events in Indiana. Appreciate the responses!
Legal Writing in Plain English: Just try to stop it!
It was heartening to get to work today and open a contract that began with:
This Master Lease Agreement (“Lease Agreement”) has been written in clear, easy to understand English."
This was followed by definitions of "you," "we," etc. The next pa…
What motivates you (or not) to do pro bono?
The death of an important figure in Minnesota's pro bono community has me thinking about the importance of pro bono legal work. For a long time, I have been working on a post encouraging lawyers to do more pro bono work, but I am not happy with the …
How to Have a Bad Day in Court (the Prenda Law Saga)
I am not even going to try to do justice to the royal clusterf--k that is the Prenda Law litigation, especially since others have done a far better job than I could hope to. See Popehat's coverage, for example (start at the bottom). Or TechDirt or A…
Notary Public: Should Lawyers be / not be Notaries?
What say you Lawyerist fellows? Should a lawyer, particually in a smaller office, be a notary? Or, do you require your secretary to be a notary in order to separate the responsibility? In Michigan a non lawyer needs a bond to be a notary, but the…
Where can I get templates?
Can someone suggest some resources to get templates for retainer agreements (specific to state and practice area), contracts, riders, settlement agreements, etc?