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Need a mentor that doesn't ramble and tell you one war story after another like I do when asked a question?
Want to pick up some tips, tricks, and trivia?
Want them organized by subject?
Then here is a start. Evan Schaeffer has been sharing his trial practice tips, gems, and topics since 2004 with a lotta posts. Here is an index he posted on 9/13/2011 that permits you to peruse by topic.
by Evan Schaeffer
Since I started this weblog in January, 2004, I've written 947 posts, enough material for a good-sized book. Most of these posts are assigned to one or more categories. You can get to these categories by clicking on the list that appears on the left side of the weblog. I've also listed the categories here, followed by the number of weblog posts that have been assigned to each:
As an attorney I work on treating all people with dignity and respect. This is the right thing to do. Sadly there are lawyers who are over impressed with themselves. These lawyers talk down to others or appear not to have time for the problems of little people. Well we never know who we are helping, and since we have chosen to be a lawyer, we have an obligation to help others when we are able.
At Ron Miller's law firm, Miller & Zois LLC, they're open to the idea of sharing their work product. The firm's "Sample Personal Injury Trial Materials" contains many real-life transcripts, in addition to forms and examples in these areas:
Sample Voir Dire
Since real-life examples provide one of the best ways to learn, the Miller & Zois webpage is worth a look.
Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, and the social media present ethical, professional, and moral issues for lawyers, judges, and court personnel and staff. Comments can go viral, and the propriety of those comments can redound to the sender's disadvantage.
Although the obvious pluses for postings on the social media and blogs include marketing, advertising, professional promotions, and politic'ing, there is always the downside risk that you write a post that is not well received.
This is what happened to a local attorney involved in a confidential child cutody matter. Of course, if there were any doubts or uncertainty about the comments' connection with a particular case or child, they seem to be less tenuous now following their publication in the newspaper.
Another Pandora's box erupts now on the limits and controls of lawyer's professional and private speech run head on with the legal system's prescription of privacy and confidentiality on child custody matters.
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Stan Billingsley's LawReader web site also does some pretty good blogging and original thinking. Here are some links to recent posts for your enjoyment. Lawreader.com is also a very, very good legal research site with on-line legal research functions and a lot of Kentucky-unique materials.
Noted Tennessee lawyer and blogger John Day will be speaking at the 2011 Kentucky Justice Association's convention in Louisville in September. I thought a few posts from his legal blog “Day On Torts” would be interesting.
His talk on Sept. 8 will be at 11:15 a.m. on Economics of Case Selection; John Day, Nashville, Tenn.