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How Accessible Is The Language of Law?

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As trial lawyers, the presentation of a case naturally includes the language and vocabulary we use to describe the case, the parties and the issues. We are tasked with presenting complicated topics and issues to a set of jurors, the vast majority of whom have no legal training whatsoever. And yet we become desensitized to the words we use offhandedly every day. Words like “motion,” “appellate,” and “summary judgment.” These are a part of our everyday vernacular and it is ...

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Many Diverse Ways To Structure A Law Firm

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There are numerous ways to organize a law firm, and different clients prefer different firm structures. Some firms have each attorney responsible for an entire case, from the day the clients walks in, through the “discovery” period (depositions, interrogatories, investigation, etc.), through settlement negotiations, trial and appeal. In a way, these firms are like a collective of solo practitioners, sharing support staff, offices, overhead, etc. Other firms are seniority-based, structured like a pyramid: the lowest associates perform the “grunt” work, ...

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Finding And Hiring The Right Attorney

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Hiring an attorney is a significant, life-altering decision. Here are some tips for making the process less intimidating and increasing the likelihood of finding the right match for you.

To begin, consult with a lawyer you trust, even if you know that he or she is not the right attorney for your particular need. Real estate attorneys often know personal injury attorneys, and vice versa. If you don’t know any attorneys, then speak with a trusted family member or friend and ...

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Workplace art and the federal agency that regulates trucking companies

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Symbols are important.  When we put them in our office, they remind us – and everyone who works in that space – of our goals and aspirations, and why we are there in the first place.

Sometimes, we can find out a lot about a person not just by what they write and accomplish, but also by the mementos or photos they choose to display in their workplace.  One example of this is Anne Ferro, the head of the Federal Motor Carrier ...

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We Still Have A Way To Go: Men’s Treatment Of Women In The Legal Profession

Posted by: Michael Bogdanow

The topic of sexism – latent or blatant – in the legal profession often engenders (no pun intended) very strong feelings. Nonetheless, having spent much time discussing, reading and thinking about it, I am adding my two cents worth to this discussion.

Most agree that sexism still rears its ugly head not only in the legal profession, but throughout society, and many would like to see it reduced. As expressed by Attorney Sybil Dunlop, sexism “makes our profession a ...

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Study says video monitoring systems could save 800 lives annually

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imagesA study of heavy truck and bus collisions conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) concludes that video-based driver safety programs could potentially save over 800 lives per year, prevent 25,000 commercial vehicle crashes, and reduce injuries associated with such crashes by nearly 40,000 annually. See more at: http://fleetowner.com/safety/study-says-video-monitoring-systems-could-save-800-lives-annually

Attorney Patrick Austin recently blogged about the impact this study could have on easily correctible driving behaviors. You can find the blog on ...

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Write a Letter or Make a Video to your Kids: What My Clients Have Taught Me about Mother’s Day

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We have the illusion of safety and control in our lives, but the truth is that none of us know whether this Mother’s Day (or Father’s Day) will be our last.  I just read a terrific blog – Slate: Dear Kids: This Mother’s Day, Write a Letter to your Children.  Leave Something for Them after You’re Gone, by John Dickinson.

The author reminds us to leave something in writing for our children after we are gone.  It can be ...

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Why Our Clients Benefit When We Exercise

Posted by: Valerie Yarashus

Many of us have heard the saying, “Being a great trial lawyer is a marathon, not a sprint.”   In some important ways, this is true – we have to find ways to hang in there for the long run and not become burned out along the way.  The long view makes a lot of sense:  our professional lives are an accumulation of many years of work and continual learning.  And yet in other ways, there are times that we need ...

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Facebook Comes Face-To-Face With Personal Injury Litigation – And It Costs Someone $80,000

Posted by: Michael Bogdanow

Personal injury litigation is always deeply interconnected with what is happening in society. Torts that could not have been conceived of just a couple generations ago, such as “wrongful birth” (for mistakes in prenatal testing) or “bullying” (based on new anti-bullying laws) are now very much a part of the legal landscape. So it is not surprising that Facebook and similar social media sites have now crossed into the world of personal injury law.

Last week, a Facebook post resulted in ...

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“Can I Sue For That?”

Posted by: Michael Bogdanow

Have you, a family member or a friend ever been injured and wondered whether you (or they) could pursue a legal claim for damages? Or, if you are an attorney, have you ever been asked, “Can I bring a law suit for that?” If you’re an attorney, there have probably been times that you’ve given an answer similar to one that I’ve given: “Yes, you can file suit, it simply requires drafting a Complaint, paying a filing fee, filing the ...

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