Question of the Week

Have you ever been assigned to a case in an all-new practice area? How did you handle it?

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A recent episode of NPR’s This American Life podcast focused on individuals who find themselves in over their heads. One segment was the story of Jack Bailey, a personal injury lawyer in Shreveport, Lousiana, who was assigned to defend a criminal defendant even though it was not the focus of his practice.

So this week, we’d like to ask you: Have you ever found yourself assigned to a case—if not by the state, by your employer—in an all-new practice area? If so, did you handle it?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: What videos or podcasts would you recommend to someone studying law?

Featured answer:

Posted by CH: I would recommend the new podcast from RadioLab—More Perfect. It’s about the Supreme Court. If I was teaching ConLaw I would definitely assign it to my class!”

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