The task of deposing the opposition’s expert is simplified immeasurably by keeping in mind the deposition’s fundamental purpose: to discover all of the expert’s opinions and all of the bases for those opinions. Your goal should not be to impeach the expert but rather to concentrate on learning everything the expert thinks about the case, has been told or learned about the case, and has done or plans to do in connection with the case. To help reach that goal, here’s a checklist of questions to consider asking when you’re deposing the opposition’s expert. Continue reading
The following is a guest blog post by Laura Boysen-Aragon. Ms. Boysen-Aragon is a legal recruiter at Solutus Legal Search, LLC, where she helps lawyers find their next dream job and helps companies and law firms find their next legal ace. She is also a former practicing attorney.
If you’re like many lawyers and feel burnt out or bored, it might be time to take inventory of your career. But taking the time to think about career issues can be daunting—you know you need to make some changes, but where to begin? Start by taking a few minutes to ask yourself some important questions, the answers to which will give you direction and help you find more fulfillment in your career. Continue reading
When is a personal representative bound to arbitrate claims against a nursing home? The answer depends on the nature of the claim, as illustrated in a recent case. Continue reading
If it’s your first trial or it’s been a while since you’ve tried a case, here’s a handy list of the steps to take when introducing your evidence at trial. Continue reading
A recent decision from the Appellate Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court (Chen v Kraft (2016) 243 CA4th Supp 13) allowed a landlord to evict a tenant for running a transient occupancy (short-term rental) business out of his residential rental unit in Los Angeles. If you read this case too quickly, you might think it applies to any situation in which a tenant runs a short-term rental business from an apartment in California. But not so fast! Continue reading
The following is a guest blog post from Susan Joan Davidson, a Dispute Resolution Specialist in Berkeley, CA. Susan specializes in real estate, business, family, and personal coaching on conflict avoidance, arbitration, mediation, and facilitation.
Most lawyers reach a point when they wonder: Am I spending more time stressed and miserable than I am challenged and fulfilled? We’ve been trained to win at all costs, but even when we succeed, we still remember what we did wrong. Self-evaluation has its place, but the adage “We are velcro for criticism and Teflon for praise” is no more true than in the legal profession. There are ways to make even small changes in our professional lives that will bring happiness into focus and allow tension to recede into the background. Continue reading
Sabbaticals have been traditionally used in the academic setting to give university teachers one year of paid leave to study or travel for every seven years worked. Now some private, nonacademic employers—particularly in the “new economy”—are grabbing onto the idea as yet another creative perk for employees. Continue reading
Litigators use declarations and affidavits to present facts to the judge from various types of witnesses. Their use can become routine and sometimes even sloppy. But beware: Declarations are subject to the same objections and scrutiny as testimony at trial. Here’s a checklist to help you carefully draft every declaration and avoid common omissions. Continue reading
The following is a guest blog post by Jeremy M. Evans, Managing Attorney at California Sports Lawyer, representing sports and entertainment professionals in contract drafting, negotiations, licensing, and career growth.
“Those who never try or quit too early end up working for those who tried and never quit.” True in any business and life in general, even more so in the solo practice of law—going solo requires you to step out and charge ahead. Continue reading
It sounds obvious: You should always listen carefully to the witness during cross-examination. But listening means more than just hearing the words actually said. Ideally, your listening will go well beyond that, which can make all the difference in improving your cross-examination. Continue reading