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David J. Beck on the vanishing jury trial.

David Beck, a former president of the State Bar of Texas and American College of Trial Lawyers published an article in the the Texas Bar Journal in December of 2013.  In it, he discussed the dirty little secret in the legal world – that there is an indisputable decline in the number of jury and non-jury trials in the United States.  In the article, Bec… Read More
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Looking for an effective way to track time, keep on top of expenses and get invoices out? Try Freshbooks.

In addition to the personal injury work my firm handles, I also handle some hourly litigation matters.  Consequently, I have to track my time on those matters.  Not good. Dating back to my early days as an insurance defense lawyer, I was never any good at billing.   And they made it easy for me.  The billing sheets were right there on my desk. Neatly divid… Read More
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Stay in touch and the networking takes care of itself.

Not particularly inclined to write about legal stuff over the course of the last 10 days.  But while sitting transfixed, constantly checking the web and television for updates, stories started coming out, how, even in the light of horrible pain and grief, goodness prevails. Civilians, at the risk of their own safety, running toward the bomb blast to render wh… Read More
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Some helpful hints for mediators.

Any lawyer that is involved in litigation of any type has, by now, been introduced to the concept of mediation.  Mediation is an increasingly popular form of “alternative dispute resolution” which is legalese for “let’s avoid that whole trial thing”.  Mediation involves the voluntary gathering of trial lawyers and parties in an… Read More
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Food for thought on keeping your law practice lean.

Saw an interesting article online the other day about a young lawyer in Brooklyn who specializes in servicing start-ups.  The lawyer, Kyle Westaway, believes that certain entrenched components of the legal system are flawed and lawyers need to rethink how they do things to stay competitive. Westaway believes a new model of law is evolving –  and it inv… Read More
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Sometimes, the case has to be tried.

When I evaluate personal injury cases, my initial assessment involves two primary questions: 1) is there a serious injury and 2) can I prove liability against the defendants.  I would like to say that every injury case sitting in my file cabinets is a million dollar case.  But that isn’t the case.  Some of my files feature serious injuries[sadly somet… Read More
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IS A BLOG WORTH THE TROUBLE?? YOU BET.

I recently did an analysis of my web presence – specifically my weblog[which you are currently reading] and my website[which is dated and boring and badly needs updating]. I decided to revamp my website. The company overseeing that project advised that they could port over my blog to the website and save me some money in the process. My contract with the… Read More
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IN PRAISE OF LAWYERS...

Trial attorneys have taking a beating of late. The media, late night talk show hosts, Republican hacks/flacks… This video, forwarded by another Illinois lawyer is a great rebuttal. Enjoy!   A World Without Lawyers – Watch more funny videos here Read More
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SOME HELPFUL HINTS FOR JUDGES

One of my favorites legal writers, Kenneth P. Nolan had a great Sidebar column in the April issue of the Litigation, the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Journal. The column offered some advice to judges on how to run a courtroom. The column should be read in its entirety[as all of Nolan’s columns should]. With apologies to Mr. Nolan, I off… Read More
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NOLAN ON OPENING STATEMENT

Kenneth P. Nolan writes a monthly column entitled Sidebar for Litigation, the monthly publication by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. Mr. Nolan is a proud resident of Brooklyn, New York and a seasoned veteran of New York courtrooms. In my humble opinion his columns are the best part of Litigation. In his Summer, 2009 column[yeah, I’m a… Read More
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