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CASE NOTEBOOKS: AN ORGANIZATIONAL TOOL FOR TRIAL LAWYERS

CASE NOTEBOOKS: AN ORGANIZATIONAL TOOL FOR TRIAL LAWYERS

Much has been written about trial notebooks as an organizational tool to house all the important information for use at trial. Undoubtedly, a trial attorney should begin assembling a trial notebook sufficiently in advance of trial – arguably months before the docket call.

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Scripting A Trial: Part 2

Scripting A Trial: Part 2

Jury trials don’t simply happen. Trial presentations are the product of months of preparation and planning that some refer to as “scripting a trial.” In a previous article, I described the process of creating witness outlines as the foundation for all other trial preparation. This process necessarily forces a trial attorney to identify exhibits that […]

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Scripting A Trial: Part 1

Scripting A Trial: Part 1

Trial lawyers with a “barrister” mindset know that early trial preparation is a key to success. How early? To have a winning edge, you should begin this process before the completion of discovery. The process I will describe below will reveal evidentiary problems with witness questioning that you’ll still have time to solve before it’s […]

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RE-THINKING LITIGATION EVIDENCE MANAGEMENT: PART TWO

RE-THINKING LITIGATION EVIDENCE MANAGEMENT: PART TWO

Litigation document management is central to a trial-ready law practice. In a previous article, I proposed that trial lawyers need to think about the stages of that process and not simply let documents and data meander through the practice and get lost along the way.

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SIMPLIFYING FEDERAL CIVIL PROCEDURE

SIMPLIFYING FEDERAL CIVIL PROCEDURE

Alongside the Federal Rules of Evidence, a working knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is mandatory for anyone who hopes to build a civil-trial practice. While making the rules simple may be a stretch, I propose that one can simplify the civil litigation “road map” and thereby understand how the rules fit together. […]

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Can Trial Lawyers Truly Be Happy?

Can Trial Lawyers Truly Be Happy?

Is it possible for trial lawyers to achieve work-life balance? Much has been written about the unhappiness of lawyers. From crushing work hours to needy or ungrateful clients, many experience burnout and seek alternative careers.

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Are Bar Associations Relevant Anymore?

Are Bar Associations Relevant Anymore?

Law360 recently reported that layoffs have hit the American Bar Association (ABA) following years of declining membership rates, with approximately 4% of the ABA’s workforce expected to get a pink slip or accept a voluntary buyout within days.

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