A Victory for Personal Information Privacy

469048959In a stunning victory for Fourth Amendment rights and personal information privacy generally, the United States Supreme Court in Riley v California has held that police may not search an arrestee’s cell phone without a warrant. This unanimous decision suggests that both the liberal and the conservative wings of the Supreme Court agree that personal information on cell phones (and presumably other mobile devices) is protected under the Fourth Amendment. Continue reading

Calming a Client Before Cross

469790631For many people—especially avid courtroom drama watchers—the anticipation of being cross-examined is terrifying. If your client is one of these people, try these calming techniques. Continue reading

Do’s and Don’ts of Juror Contact

10tips_22573018Not surprisingly, California’s legal ethics rules have a lot to say about how attorneys relate to jurors. Here are 5 do’s and don’ts when it comes to attorney-juror interaction. Continue reading

Client with a License Issue? Take 3 Steps ASAP

166114538When you’re retained to represent a disciplined licensee or someone who’s been denied a license, the best defense is an early offense. Continue reading

Order Your Witnesses for Impact

witness_78724356A trial should be like any well-choreographed event: strategically order your witnesses for maximum impact. Continue reading

5 Tips to Handling Indigent Criminal Appeals Cost-Effectively

481305729Have you considered handling criminal appeals? If you’re appointed to represent indigent appellants, this isn’t a very profitable practice area. The key to making it work financially is finding efficiencies wherever you can.  Continue reading

Know Trial Objections Cold

185468074Making objections is a key skill for every trial attorney. The more you try cases, the more rote they become. But if you’re relatively new to the courtroom, or it’s been a while since you’ve been there, here’s a system for memorizing possible objections and having them at the tip of your tongue at trial. Continue reading

Don’t Irritate the Jury

 

85449976 Your carefully planned cross-examination will be worthless if you manage to irritate the jury. Keep in mind that the jury often focuses more on counsel than the witness. Before your next cross-examination, check out these common irritants and how to avoid them. Continue reading

Refreshing Recollection in Court

469708075It’s common for witnesses forget facts while testifying—often due to nerves and sometimes due to selective memory. The good news is that you can use almost any item to refresh a witness’s recollection. Continue reading

Mini Opening for Voir Dire

jdopening_12384583As they say, never miss a chance to make a good first impression. If the judge permits it, take the opportunity to address prospective jurors before the oral questioning phase of the voir dire has begun. There are many advantages to the mini-opening statement and little downside.  Continue reading

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