Judges don't like it when us attorneys can't stop bickering. They are irritated by having to deal with our exchanges of snipes, digs and downright insults.
Last month after a trial ended, two jurors followed me down to the courthouse lobby. They wanted to talk about what happened. Both commented on how impressed they were that the attorneys acted in a civil manner. Sure we disagreed with each other and objected and there were tense moments. But we were not overly disrespectful like the lawyers they saw on television. They appreciated that.
I believe that lawyers take too much credit when a trial is won and too much responsibility when a trial is lost.
Of course this is our j.o.b. We are in it to win it. Our client's well being is our number one top absolute priority. And regardless of the reasons why sometimes we cannot convince the judge or jury of our position - it totally bites when we lose.
Speak in Sun Valley at Idaho Trial Lawyer Convention in the morning. Then on a panel in the afternoon. Leave at 3:30. This means I cannot fly direct to LAX because that plane is gone. Instead have to fly back to Seattle to then fly to LAX. Arrive at 10:45 p.m. Taxi to The Line Hotel. Arrive at 11:30 p.m.
Psychodrama is popular in trial lawyer circles. This weekend it is taught at our trial lawyer convention. I do not attend. Happily.
I don't care for the term psychodrama. I've heard many good reviews from friends and colleagues. I know many of the people who teach it. But honestly, just hearing the word psychodrama causes a bit of a nose wrinkling reaction deep within me.
"No one has noticed; no one gives a s**t. But women, they wear the wrong colour and they get pulled up. Women are judged much more harshly and keenly for what they do, what they say and what they wear."
I met Allison when I was a defense lawyer. She was so darling that she became my go-to court reporter. When I became a plaintiff lawyer, nothing changed. I still used Allison. Others liked her as well, so Allison grew her business (Verb8tim Reporting) and hired Jane.
Yesterday, Allison was the court reporter for me. This morning it's Jane's turn.
Taught trial advocacy for many years at UW School of Law with dear friend Bill Bailey. Bill is now a full time professor at the school. Since teaching without him would not be the same, decided to turn in adjunct badge. However, today am going to the school to teach voir dire.
Last week, my wife of 35 years was driving to the store and was hit by another car. The police came to my house to take me to the hospital to see her. She's been there ever since. We don't think she will make it.
Each day I drive or am driven to the hospital by our children. I stay there as long as I can. I just had surgery myself. So I need to come home to try to rest in between rushing back to be with her.
Shellie: I'm addicted to Drop Dead Diva. You were right. K3: I know - isn't it entertaining. Shellie: Who would have thought. K3: It is such a ludicrous concept, but executed so brilliantly. Shellie: I love how she flicks her hair over her shoulder when she scores a point. K3: You get the case in the morning and try it in the afternoon.
"Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts." - Chapter 7 of To Kill a Mockingbird
Her right leg was catastrophically smashed, causing excruciating and unrelenting pain. The limb felt like it was being stabbed a million times by a sharp knife. The sharp burning pain became absolutely unbearable to the point where she was forced to take vicodin.
We are changing the way we read. Short has not just become better. It has become essential in the quest to capture the attention of our audience.
Pedantic legal writing is no longer highly valued by judges. With crushing case loads, our Honors need us to get right to the point. They impose page limits on us. And even then, will sometimes admit they haven't read our pleadings.
We lawyers are trained to be precise. Everything we say has to be supported. If we're laying out facts to a judge - we need to cite to the source every single time. This breeds a habit of presentation that can be overly meticulous and filled with legalese. It can be a hard habit to break.