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Top Ten Ways to Lose Your Voir Dire

Voir dire is an extremely important part of any trial. It’s not hard to lose a case in voir dire. Here are 10 ways to lose voir dire. Let your opponent take charge of the courtroom and leave you behind, sending the message to jurors that what you say or do don’t matter as much as read more:

The Top 10 Killer Deposition Questions

One of the prime reasons to spend the time and money to depose an adverse witness is to gather impeachment material. Other than hiring a private investigator to delve into the witness’s past, the deposition is the most effective tool in the lawyer’s arsenal for uncovering dirt and chipping away at credibility.  That includes attacking read more:

Steps to Being a Successful Legal Secretary

It is not unfair to say that many lawyers work in a state of “organized chaos”. It might even be more accurate to say that there are lawyers who work in absolute chaos. To really be noticed, it is not enough to be organized yourself. The best legal assistants become indispensable by organizing the people read more:

Paralegal Gladiators a/k/a Litigation Paralegals

One day about a year ago, I received a call from the courthouse. It was the kind of call a busy Litigation Paralegal looks forward to, but doesn’t receive all too often. One that occurs when other attorneys in your firm outside of your immediate circle call upon you (the reliable, makeshift ninja standing deskside) read more:

Spin Your Paralegals Skills to Your Benefit

How often have we heard the idea of “marketing” your skill set and experience to your employer to ensure you continue to be a viable member of the legal team? Today, we often learn from our peers their jobs may be in jeopardy due to the downturn in the economy, a merger, or restructuring of read more:

Reconnecting with Your Passion for the Law

Tom, a corporate lawyer, was ready to jump ship. He hated his life. In particular, he couldn’t stand his job. He felt his work was meaningless, serving no greater good. Elizabeth was exhausted by years of big law time demands. She loved the idea of practicing law—working to help clients move through difficult life situations—but read more:

Handling the S.O.B. Opposing Council

Source: “Handling the SOB Opposing Counsel “ / By Bonnie Richardson, Folawn Alterman & Richardson LLP You are sitting in your office, quietly reading materials for a case. The phone rings and you pick it up and it’s Joe, who announces that he is representing one of the defendants in the case you filed about a read more:

Can You Hear Me Now? Five Tips to Effective Client Communication

Those legal professionals who are effective in client communications are those who stop, for just a moment, to reflect upon who their clients are, the client’s personal makeup, and whether they are in the legal field familiar with legal terminology. To be effective is knowing that both the receiver and the communicator’s interests and backgrounds read more:

Why You Should NOT Use Technology in Your Trial

IT COSTS TOO MUCH There are indeed added costs to consider when deciding whether or not to use technology to assist with your evidence presentation. In most cases, cost alone should not be the deciding factor – especially when it can help in the outcome of the trial. You may request an estimate from any trial presentation firm, read more:

Through the Eyes of a Juror

Jurors are persuaded by evidence that confirms their inherent beliefs, a principle known as “confirmation bias.” If those beliefs run counter to your case, you are unlikely to win, despite the strength of the evidence and the justness of your case. Trial lawyers are often afflicted by what psychologists call “naïve realism,” believing that any read more: