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When Presenting To A Finder Of Fact, Avoid The Scenic Route

It can be easy to confuse a juror when you go into extraneous detail.
Tags: Law, Advice, Trials, Small Law Firms, Trial Tactics, Balestriere Fariello, Brian Grossman


If The First Semester Of Law School Punched You In The Mouth, Sip Some Wine And Rebound Like NBA Coach Gregg Popovich

More so than IQ or talent, grit is the quality that results in hard work and focus – not just for weeks or months, but for years.
Tags: Law, Advice, Nba, Law Schools, Gregg Popovich, Renwei Chung, Law Students


Ask An Attorney: I Work In Biglaw. Should I Give Away My Sperm? 

Just remember the value of attorneys, and that even Biglaw attorneys need other attorneys to get it right.
Tags: Law, Advice, Family law, Biglaw, Sperm Donation, Ellen Trachman, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART


What You Can Learn from Reading A Syllabus (And Why We Hate It When You Don’t)

The answers to all of your questions are probably in the syllabus. Just READ IT already!
Tags: Law, Advice, Law Schools, Law Students, Law Professors, LawProfBlawg


How To Pick A Good Criminal Defense Attorney

How do you really know your lawyer is the right one for you? Common sense.
Tags: Crime, Law, Advice, Toni Messina, Criminal Defense Attorneys


When You License More Than You Think: 3 Considerations When Licensing Proprietary Information & Know-How

Remember: one size does not fit all when it comes to the licensing of proprietary information and know-how
Tags: Law, Advice, Intellectual Property, Tom Kulik, IP Licensing


Legally Creative: Why Being A Lawyer Requires Abstract Thought

Regardless of whether you are a litigator, a transactional attorney, in-house counsel, or something else, you need to be creative.
Tags: Law, Advice, Creativity, Boutique Law Firms, Brian Grossman


Can You Teach An Old Lawyer New Tricks? A Longtime Attorney Takes A Weeklong Mediation Training

Anyone feeling a bit too comfortable in their lawyer job should take the risk and try something different — like mediation.
Tags: Law, Advice, Mediation, Small Law Firms, Allison Peryea


5 Steps Every Law Firm Leader Should Take Now To Prepare For 2019

Law firm leaders: it’s time for New Year’s resolutions. Here’s where to start.
Tags: Law, Advice, Biglaw, James Goodnow, Partner Issues, Ideas for 2019


Welcome To The Spring Semester Of Your 1L Year, Make Sure To Keep Your Cool

The good news is that the job market for law school grads is ‘the best since the recession.’ The bad news is that this isn’t guaranteed to last until the time you graduate.
Tags: Law, Advice, Law Schools, Job Searches, Renwei Chung, Law Students


Settlement Happy CEO? Don’t Be Afraid To Push Back

Legal concerns may take a backseat to business ones, but that does not mean you should simply fold.
Tags: Law, Advice, In-House Counsel, Settlements, Stephen R. Williams


Ask the Lawyer: Why do so many doctors require arbitration?

Q: We have a very good doctor. Part of going to see him, however, has meant signing an agreement to arbitrate should we ever have a legal claim about the services provided. The language indicates in bold print we are waiving the right to a jury trial. Why is this agreement to arbitrate so important to our doctor? -K.H., Torrance Ron Sokol A: Generally the rationale for an arbitration clause is that the proceedings tend to be private, and the party against whom a claim is brought avoids the p...
Tags: Law, California, Advice, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Manhattan Beach, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Ron Sokol, K H Torrance Ron Sokol


The New Year’s Regime Change: Why You Should Question Authority

New team? New year? Same old mistakes that in-house attorneys must deal with.
Tags: Law, Advice, In-House Counsel, Kay Thrace


Expanding Your Speaking Opportunities

Having an effective speaking career needs vision, strategy, and practice. Here are some tips you can use.
Tags: Law, Advice, Public Speaking, In-House Counsel, Olga V. Mack


Donald Trump’s Lessons On Management

If you thought you knew how to conduct yourself as an in-house attorney, think again.
Tags: Law, Advice, Management, Donald Trump, Mark Herrmann, In-House Counsel


To Be A Good In-House Counsel, Be Prepared To Break The Law, Maybe

Sometimes, to do the right thing, you have to make a decision much hastier than you might normally be comfortable with doing so.
Tags: Law, Advice, In-House Counsel, Stephen R. Williams, Heath / Wellness


Don’t Expect 2019 To Be A Perfect Year

Let’s remember that life isn’t perfect and we shouldn’t expect everything to happen the way we want it to.
Tags: Law, Advice, Social Media, Tax Law, Small Law Firms, Steven Chung


Ask the Lawyer: How do dishonest lawyers sleep at night?

Q: We know lawyers are very smart people, but yet the law allows lawyers to lie in court since they are not under oath. How do lawyers sleep at night, and how do they really feel when they get guilty clients off? -D.K., Torrance Ron Sokol A: You say the law allows lawyers to lie in court, but that is false. Lawyers are officers of the court, and are not permitted to engage in misrepresentation. A lawyer who does so could well be in very serious trouble, with the court alone the State Bar. Yo...
Tags: Law, Advice, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Manhattan Beach, Ron Sokol, D K Torrance Ron Sokol


How To Innovate Using Blockchain Within The Legal Field And Other Industries?

Let’s learn by working to redesign legal practice and business together.
Tags: Technology, Law, Advice, Blockchain, Olga V. Mack


The 4 Agreements For Business

If you are positive and putting in the best effort, that will translate to your work and your ultimate customers.
Tags: Law, Advice, Small Law Firms, Mary E. Juetten


How To Speak In The Age Of Technology

The art of public speaking must be preserved and considered critical during this time.
Tags: Technology, Law, Advice, Public Speaking, Olga V. Mack


Give Yourself Permission To Stop Being A Year-End Sucker

You already know this, but it bears repeating.
Tags: Law, Advice, In-House Counsel, Kay Thrace


How To Strike The Right Balance In Your Law School Relationships

Get yourself on the right path to having successful and balanced law school relationships.
Tags: Law, Relationships, Advice, Law Schools, Law Students, Kerriann Stout


Lawyers: Don’t Make These Client Development Mistakes In 2019

Always strive to understand your client’s business. Identify a potential problem, opportunity, or change that impacts potential clients and present them.
Tags: Law, Advice, Uncategorized, Biglaw, Cordell Parvin, Sponsored Content, Lateral Link, Client Development, Mainspring Legal


Moot Your Case Before You Walk Into Court

But be careful about becoming too enamored of your 'winning' argument.
Tags: Law, Advice, Trials, Litigators, John Balestriere, Moot Court


The Recruiting Game Done Changed

All of the timelines and guideposts that served as the foundation of entry-level recruiting have been eliminated. 
Tags: Law, Advice, Law Schools, Biglaw, Career Services, Law Students, National Association for Law Placement (NALP, Nicholas Alexiou


Getting It Right When We Get It Wrong

Lawyers hate admitting mistakes, and the profession is worse for it.
Tags: Law, Advice, Biglaw, James Goodnow


Considering Patent Law? Here’s Some Advice…

It is our job as patent lawyers to share some encouragement and a dose of realistic expectations about the demands of achieving success in our area of law.
Tags: Law, Advice, Patents, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Gaston Kroub



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