Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Preparing Witnesses for Testimony

Lawyers depend on the testimony of witnesses to present their case on behalf of a client.  Witnesses should be thoroughly prepared for their testimony, whether they are giving a deposition or testifying at trial.  Tips for preparing witnesses are discussed in my recent blog post in the National Jurist's SmartLawyer digital magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

How to Reduce Stress in the Legal Profession

Practicing law can be stressful.  Lawyers are under constant pressure to meet deadlines and client demands, and law practice environments can be highly competitive.  It is easy to understand how lawyers can feel stressed.

While occasional feelings of stress are normal, chronic stress causes chemical imbalances in the body and weakens the immune system, making a person more susceptible to serious medical conditions such as heart disease and cancer.  Clinical depression, which occurs among lawyers at a rate significantly higher than the rate for the general population, has also been attributed to chronic stress.

Six steps lawyers can take to avoid experiencing chronic stress are discussed in my blog post on NWSidebar, an online publication of  the Washington State Bar Association, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Using a Compelling Story to Present Your Case

As lawyers we are trained to present the facts of a case in a logical way that addresses the elements of a cause of action.  When presenting a case to people who are not lawyers, such as jurors, it is far more effective to present a case in a way that tells a compelling story.  An illustration of a compelling case story is contained in my recent article in the National Jurist's SmartLawyer digital magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tips for Taking Effective Depositions

Depositions are usually taken to obtain relevant factual information from a witness.  If taken effectively, the deposition of an adverse witness can also limit the impact of the witness and even provide testimony helpful to your case.  Tips for taking effective depositions are discussed in my recent blog post in the National Jurist's SmartLawyer digital magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Develop a Litigation Strategy

Whether you as a lawyer are representing the plaintiff or a defendant in a civil lawsuit, a clearly defined litigation strategy should be developed at the outset to guide the preparation and presentation of your case.  The importance of a litigation strategy is discussed in my recent blog post in the National Jurist's SmartLawyer digital magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Factors to Consider Before Recommending Litigation

Data reported by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and by the National Center for State Courts suggest that roughly 9.5 million civil lawsuits are filed in the United States each year.  That number does not include family law cases, bankruptcy matters, or cases filed in courts of limited jurisdiction.  Are that many lawsuits really necessary?  Before recommending that a client file suit, it is important to be aware that most clients have an intense dislike for litigation.  Carefully consider whether filing a lawsuit is the best course of action for achieving the client's objectives.  Other factors to consider are discussed in my recent blog post in the National Jurist's SmartLawyer digital magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Radio Interview on August 22

On Wednesday August 22 I was interviewed by Doug Llewelyn on CUTV News Radio.  The program covered my coaching business, The Coach for Lawyers, LLC, and my books about the practice of law and the legal profession.  You can listen to a recording of the interview by clicking on this link.