How to Deal with Racial Bias in Court

From the disproportionate incarceration of African-American men to the implicit bias of lawyers, jurors, and judges, Jeff Adachi, Public Defender for the City and County of San Francisco, explains how racial disparities are rampant in our legal system. And then he explains how lawyers can deal with it in court. Continue reading

Headings Are Key to an Effective Document

Whatever document you’re drafting—from a memorandum for a partner to a brief for the court—using clear and concise headings and subheadings will take your reader by the hand and lead them smoothly through your document. Here’s some advice from noted appellate attorneys Daniel U. Smith and Valerie T. McGinty on making your headings as useful and effective as possible. Continue reading

Nine Fiduciary Accounting No Nos

GettyImages_178895760When you’re a fiduciary under California’s Probate Code, such as a guardian or conservator, you’ll be required to prepare some type of fiduciary accounting for the court. You’ll probably hire an accountant to crunch the numbers, but ultimately you’re the one responsible for its contents, and you should know the common mistakes and problems that arise in fiduciary accountings. Continue reading

2 Ways to Lose Credibility in Court

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

Find a Mentor!

New to practicing law? Attorney Micha Star Liberty says it is hugely important that you find at least one mentor. Here’s why… Continue reading

Accommodate, But Don’t Negotiate Your Rates

When you’re starting out in law practice and feeling desperate for paying clients, you may be tempted to negotiate with your clients over your rates for legal services. Don’t do it! Negotiating your rates is not a good idea, but there are ways to accommodate a client and thereby create a win-win situation. Continue reading

How to Get the Depo Testimony You Need for Summary Judgment

158557319It’s easy to fall into the trap of not nailing things down in deposition as well as you thought you did. Check out one expert’s advice for getting the deposition testimony you’ll need for your summary judgment motion. Continue reading

Mindfulness for Lawyers

153550692Stress and the practice of law often go hand in hand. We all know that stress can have very negative effects on our health and wellbeing. As a lawyer, you owe it to yourself and your clients to avoid the burnout that results from chronic stress. Mindfulness is an effective way to do just that. Continue reading

5 Ways to Defeat Deposition Abuse

Have you been on the receiving end of opposing counsel’s abuse during a deposition? Non-stop meritless objections, constant witness coaching, or just rude and unprofessional behavior can catch you off guard and leave you feeling unprepared.

This short video discusses the most common abuses attorneys experience during depositions, and then gives 5 ways to effectively deal with them.

These tips and many others for taking and defending depositions are found in CEB’s California Civil Discovery Practice.  Also check out CEB’s Handling Depositions for a step-by-step guide through the deposition process.

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The Secret to Better Legal Writing

Do you want to know the secret to making any legal writing stronger? Check out this video with specific tips for improving your next legal brief.

CEB has great On Demand programs to help you improve your legal writing, including Smith and McGinty on Legal Writing and Myron Moskovitz on Winning Appeals and Writs. Check out these and all other CEB programs at ceb.com.

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