21 ABA Journal Advocacy articles.
We lament a decline in civility. We reaccentuate standards of professionalism. But when do we teach junior attorneys how to mentally and physically recalibrate in a bullying moment, and if, when and how to substantively respond to the offender?
Nov 1, 2019 1:50 AM CDT
Psychological safety in the legal profession means cultivating and being an ambassador for a work environment in which asking questions, testing novel ideas and theories, taking intellectual risks and openly discussing prevention and handling of mistake-making is encouraged and welcomed.
May 1, 2019 2:15 AM CDT
U.S. Supreme Court justices use courtroom humor as a tool of advocacy and as a signal of their power and status, according to a new study of oral arguments…
Mar 12, 2019 7:30 AM CDT
Ignoring our negative mental soundtrack and automatic physical responses to stress doesn’t help us learn how to manage those tangible foes in a constructive way. I trudged forward pretending I knew what I was doing. I didn’t.
Mar 1, 2019 1:30 AM CST
When did it become so cool to be so unkind? Can our profession (and society in general) detoxify and reboot its soul? How should citizens or members of healthy and nontoxic households converse with one another?
Oct 1, 2018 1:30 AM CDT
Introverts bring clients their skills in active listening, deep methodical thinking, creative problem-solving and empathy. How can employers assess job candidates for these quiet strengths?
Aug 1, 2018 2:25 AM CDT
There are four simple rules you can give to any witness about how best to answer questions from opposing counsel.
Jun 1, 2018 1:35 AM CDT
To effect change, we can set an example through precision in our own word choices. When in doubt about the proper pronoun or title, choose the correct and inclusive one or respectfully ask.
Apr 1, 2018 2:10 AM CDT
As legal educators and practice leaders, we need to do a better job of talking about the reality of fear in lawyering and how to transform it into powerful advocacy.
Jan 1, 2018 3:10 AM CST
Do you have some purpose in mind in your persistent questioning? Are your questions a tactical gambit with a strategic goal you can articulate, at least to yourself, and hopefully it becomes apparent to others? Or are you just belaboring the obvious?
Sep 1, 2017 1:45 AM CDT
Psychatrists or psychologists are among the toughest witnesses to challenge because their testimony can have elements of hearsay as well as subjectivity.
Jul 1, 2017 1:30 AM CDT
Most of us know the elements of an effective opening statement: Tell a good story, weaving the evidence with themes that will resonate with the jurors’ common sense and life experiences. But what’s the best way to do that? Bang the table or shoot the breeze? Attack immediately or hold your fire? Most important, how can you connect with the jury—a panel of strangers who can’t talk back but who will determine the fate of your case?
Mar 1, 2017 3:30 AM CST
Read what the most renowned trial lawyers in the United States say are their secrets to a great opening.
Feb 1, 2017 2:20 AM CST
Law schools don’t have classes in body language, and a surprising number of trial lawyers never learn this lesson.
Dec 1, 2016 2:40 AM CST
Dec 1, 2015 2:40 AM CST