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Tag Archives: Trial Techniques

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 pressure.

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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 seven words will be forever etched in our collective minds. Why? The power of storytelling.

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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 practice, we give you the insight you need to run a better law practice in the year ahead.

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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.C., area, recommends "thinking creatively."

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