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Mar 11, 2011

Guest Commentary: Morality plays and Moby Dick: Finding a theme

Thirty-five years ago, I was sitting in an English class in Sewanee, Tenn., wondering what "The Second Shepherd's Play" had to do with anything I really needed to know. Until recently, I had not thought much about "The Second Shepherd's Play." But in this month's ABA Journal, there is a review of a book by Paul Sullivan, entitled Clutch, about the qualities of people who succeed under extreme pre[...]

Dec 30, 2010

Guest Column: Telling your client’s story

It has become more than a cliché and the basis of innumerable jokes, but few of us will ever forget the late Johnnie Cochran's closing argument mantra "if it doesn't fit, you must acquit." (Ironically, it is purported that the much lesser-known Gerald Uelmen actually penned this phrase.) Of all of the evidence and all of the testimony from O.J. Simpson's 134-day televised murder trial, these se[...]

Dec 30, 2010

20 things lawyers need to know in 2011

Who's the next potential U.S. Supreme Court justice on Obama's list? Why does your firm need a social media policy - and an employee handbook? You will find the answers to these questions and more in this year's edition of "20 Things Lawyers Need to Know," complied by Lawyers USA, Lawyers Weekly's national sister paper. From the hottest technology tools to the latest tips for marketing your practi[...]

Nov 19, 2010

Use video to keep your practice moving

By SYLVIA HSIEH, Lawyers USA, the national sister paper of Lawyers Weekly [email protected]   As any parent of a child wielding a Wii remote can tell you, video captivates like nothing else. It can persuade, entertain, inform and – perhaps most importantly for lawyers – humanize what would otherwise be dull words on a page […]

Nov 19, 2010

‘Digital natives’ change dynamic of jury trials

By SYLVIA HSIEH, Lawyers USA, the national sister paper of Lawyers Weekly [email protected]   The generation of jurors known as the “net generation” or “digital natives” – those who were born in the digital age and know nothing of life before the Internet – are changing the way trial lawyers try cases and the way […]

Aug 26, 2010

Capping e-discovery costs in smaller cases requires creativity

Electronic discovery shouldn't cost more than a case is worth. Uncovering relevant electronic evidence has become critical in a wide range of civil litigation, from divorce cases to business disputes. But keeping a lid on e-discovery costs can be challenging, especially in smaller cases. To curb e-discovery costs, Conrad Jacoby, an attorney and litigation technology consultant in the Washington, D[...]

Aug 13, 2010

How should attorneys address race with juries?

By CORREY STEPHENSON, Lawyers USA, the national sister paper of Lawyers Weekly [email protected] Race remains an important – and an awkward – subject in the United States, which makes it that much harder for lawyers to address with jurors. Should racial issues always be presented to jurors? How does an attorney ask potential jurors about […]

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