Posted on October 9, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Almost all motions and demurrers must be supported by a memorandum. Cal Rules of Ct 3.1113. Your supporting memorandum convinces the judge that the law and facts support the order you want. The objective is to persuade—the memo may be your main shot at doing so, as judges issue a tentative ruling or come to the hearing with a ruling in mind based on the motion and response papers. Continue reading
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Posted on September 28, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Maybe you’ve been doing voir dire the same way for years, or maybe it’s your first time. Either way, check out these ideas for your next voir dire. Continue reading
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Posted on June 24, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Any trial strategy should incorporate the mundane. Not only must you get to court on time, but everything you need to try the case also has to be there, at your fingertips. Here are four things you should consider and arrange for before you head to court. Continue reading
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Posted on June 5, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Want to avoid traffic, parking, and court security checkpoints? Appear at a hearing by telephone! Continue reading
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Posted on June 1, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Thinking of filing a summary judgment motion in your case? Take the time to follow these five steps in assessing whether this is the right move to make. Continue reading
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Posted on May 29, 2015 by Jean Magistrale, Esq.
You’ve been asked to serve on the board of a nonprofit organization. Congratulations—you can render a real service to the community! Attorneys do make great nonprofit directors, but before you sign on, here are four things you should know. Continue reading
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Posted on May 15, 2015 by CEB
The following is a guest blog post by Anabella Q. Bonfa. Ms. Bonfa is a litigator with Wellman & Warren LLP and has built a reputation for handling business and partnership disputes, theft of trade secrets, and unfair competition. She lectures extensively on trade secrets, networking, and using social media to develop business.
When you first pass the bar, you deal with basic issues such as how to draft legal documents, please your supervising attorney, and properly bill clients. Initially, these issues are enough of a struggle, but a few years into your law practice, you’re ready to take your legal career to the next level. Continue reading
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