Shut Up and Sit Down

September 25th, 2015 | Posted in Law for Non-lawyers, Trials

Courtroom lawyers like to talk. It’s a fairly necessary skill when arguing before a judge or jury. The trouble is sometimes a lawyer forgets that talking is just means to an end, not the end itself. Lawyers have to remember they are talking with a purpose. They are talking to persuade a judge or jury …Read More


July 10th, 2015 | Posted in Trials

Every attorney who tries cases to juries has lost cases they should have won, and won cases they should have lost. One local judge told me once that he figured this out years ago when he was served with a paternity suit one morning and a divorce on the grounds of impotency that same afternoon…and …Read More

Always On

November 8th, 2013 | Posted in Trials | Tagged , , , , ,

  When you are called to go to court for your own case, or as a witness in somebody else’s case, hopefully your attorney or the attorney calling you has prepared you for your testimony. You should have some idea as to the questions he will ask, the answers you will give, the cross-examination topics …Read More

What to Wear

August 21st, 2009 | Posted in Law for Non-lawyers, Trials | Tagged , , ,

I'm getting ready for a jury trial next week, and one of the pre-trial steps I take is getting the client prepared. You'd think that this would primarily be going over the facts of her case and the strategy involved, and you'd be right, but one aspect of that is her presentation in front of …Read More

Trials and Tweets

March 20th, 2009 | Posted in Trials, Web/Tech

Image via CrunchBase Here is an interesting article on how the "Information Age" is impacting jury trials.  The article focuses on a New York case that was thrown out when it was admitted by eight (and that's out of twelve) jurors were conducting Google searches, Wikipedia searches, and using other Internet resources to discover facts …Read More