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When is it wise to argue with a judge? Only sometimes

Some time ago at a pretrial conference, I heard a lawyer correct a judge over a trivial matter. It did not go well for him.

Our hearing lasted several hours as we worked through motions in limine and some evidentiary issues. The lawsuit arose from a motor vehicle collision, which…



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Here are 11 tips to avoid arbitration slip-ups

During nearly a decade as a commercial arbitrator, I have seen some of the most qualified lawyers in the business fumble and flail during what is supposed to be a less nerve-wracking proceeding than an actual court trial.

It seems that even seasoned advocates have trouble finding their balance in…



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ABAJournal.com to host Your Voice

The ABA Journal wants to further facilitate conversations among lawyers about their profession. Therefore, we are revising our policy on unsolicited submissions to allow the legal profession to share, demonstrate and debate the issues and events facing them.

We are now accepting queries for original, thoughtful, nonpromotional articles and commentary…



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Want a satisfying experience as a juror? It's all about the food

What happens in the jury room brings people together with the conviction that justice have been served. A firsthand look at the process reveals a secret ingredient.


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How to submit a Your Voice essay

The ABA Journal wants to host and facilitate conversations among lawyers about their profession. We are seeking thoughtful reflections on issues related to the legal profession written by unpaid contributors to run in the Your Voice section of our website, ABAJournal.com. Columns focusing on one’s personal experiences related to the…



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