Certain things that happen during trial may be so improper and prejudicial that they deprive a party of the right to a fair trial. That’s when counsel may move for a mistrial. But just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Like everything else at trial, whether to move for mistrial is a tactical decision. Continue reading
When a conflict arises between neighbors, attorneys often recommend that their clients keep a record of events. A written log of dates and times is one thing, but a video or audio recording can easily step over the line from keeping tabs to violating privacy rights. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Legal Topics, Real Property Law | Tagged: eavesdropping, invasion of privacy, neighbor disputes, photographing, secret recording, video recording | 2 Comments »
You likely start out with credibility in the eyes of the judge. After all, you’re an officer of the court. But that initial benefit of the doubt can easily slip away, and once you’ve lost your credibility, the case may not be far behind. Continue reading
Can you state the difference between an idea and the expression of that idea? Don’t worry if it doesn’t slip off your tongue. This distinction is one of the most difficult areas of copyright law but far from academic because copyright law doesn’t protect ideas, but it does protect expressions of ideas. And this distinction remains key to technology copyright cases. Continue reading
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Attorneys spend a lot of time working with support staff, particularly paralegals, but get no training in law school on how to successfully navigate this important relationship. Here are some tips to help you get the most effective assistance from your support staff. Continue reading
To the victor go the spoils. But that doesn’t mean the prevailing party can get whatever it wants in claimed costs. If you disagree with the costs listed in the prevailing party’s costs memorandum, file and serve a motion to tax costs. Here’s how. Continue reading
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The following is a guest blog post by Elizabeth G. Blust, a solo practitioner in San Diego. Her practice focuses mainly on estate planning and probate. Law is her second career following over ten years in real estate development.
So you want to attend that networking event at the local bar association but you’ve never done this before? Not to worry. Here are five tips to help you survive that first trek into networking.
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