Category Archives: Practice Tips

Lawyer Dreams: What it Really Takes to Work in the Law


A legal career can be professionally and financially rewarding. What is also known is candidates have to consider the many challenges that come with working in the law. It’s going to demand a significant amount of your time, your finances, your energy, and your patience even before you reach a foothold in the profession. Before […]

The Intern: What to Expect from Your Internship with a Law Firm


Finding a career in law is becoming increasingly more difficult and competitive. Having a degree next to your name no longer guarantees you an interview, let alone a full time job. Obtaining internships while studying for your degree is a crucial component to later landing a job, and can often help open your eyes to […]

Law Schools Cutting Tuition See Enrollment Gains


The Wall Street Journal reports that law schools that have reduced tuition have seen increased fall enrollment. Three schools reduced tuition, while a fourth instituted a grant program to effectively reduce tuition. These schools saw enrollment increase by 22 percent to 52 percent for the fall. The schools reducing tuition were the University of Iowa College of […]

Five National Programs that Help U.S. Lawyers Get Involved with Pro Bono Work


Whether you run a small law firm of your own, or work within a large legal association, you probably have heard about the importance of doing pro bono legal work. Some corporations like to participate in this type of work in order to improve their reputation within the community, while recent law-school graduates use this […]

Five Mistakes That Are Common Amongst New Lawyers


Attorneys fresh out of law school are often very eager to get an immediate start on their careers. While making the start is important, new attorneys often make mistakes during this period of their lives that can cost them well into the future. This article will outline five common mistakes that new attorneys make that […]

Supreme Court to Consider Deadlines for Suing Federal Government


The AP reports that the Supreme Court “will consider how strict deadlines should be for people to sue the federal government for negligence.” The court on Monday agreed to hear two cases “where lawsuits were filed too late,” and the AP notes that in both cases, “a federal appeals court ruled it was fair to let them […]

ABA Says Attorneys May Search Potential Jurors’ Online Postings


The AP reports from San Francisco that the American Bar Association “says it’s ethical for lawyers to scour online for publicly available musings of citizens called for jury service – and even jurors in deliberations,” but the ABA “does warn lawyers against actively ‘following’ or ‘friending’ jurors or otherwise invading their private Internet areas.” The AP notes […]

Featured Link — Date Calculator: Add To Or Subtract From A Date


I’m terrible at math, and have a special weakness for working with a calendar. That’s unfortunate, because lawyers frequently must calculate deadlines based upon past or future dates. Fortunately there are tools available to help those of us who are challenged in this area. One is the date calculator at TimeAndDate.com. This service enables you to […]

Featured Link – Social Security Acronyms


It’s been a few years since I put up an acronym post, and things do change. One of the most daunting challenges to beginning a Social Security Disability practice is the ridiculous number of acronyms you need to learn. The National Organization of Social Security Disability Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR) has put up two comprehensive lists […]

Lawsuit Over Yelp Review Heads to Trial in Virginia


The Washington Post reports that a lawsuit filed by a Washington DC contractor “who is seeking $750,000 in damages from a woman whom he claims defamed his business in negative Yelp reviews is set to go to trial this week in Fairfax County.” Christopher Dietz “alleges a one-star review on the popular site and others were riddled […]

Five Public Relations Problems and How Your Firm Can Avoid Them


This guest post is from Annette Hazard. She is a freelance writer who usually writes about business, home, and financial issues. She is a mother of one and currently resides in Illinois. Individuals who own and/or work within the field of law know how crucial the development and maintenance of an excellent public relations department […]

Six Inexcusable Mistakes Personal Injury Attorneys Make


This guest post is from Dana Smith. Many people are now becoming concerned that some lawyers of the new generation are not receiving the ‘mentoring’ which attorneys received previously. The fact is that personal injury cases can sometimes be lucrative. The new breed of attorneys knows how to get cases through the use of the […]

Web Site Offers Comparison Shopping for Law Schools


The National Law Journal reports, “Detailed law graduate employment information was virtually impossible to come by three years ago. Now, at least four different entities – including the American Bar Association, U.S. News & World Report, the National Association for Legal Career Professionals and Law School Transparency (NALP) – maintain databases detailing schools’ job-placement rates.” The Journal […]

Employers May Fire Workers They Consider Too Attractive


Great news for lawyers, at least in Iowa — it’s safe to fire all your good-looking employees. If I did that, I’d be the only one left in the firm. But maybe your situation is different. Here’s the report from the American Association for Justice news release: Reuters reported that the Iowa Supreme Court recently ruled […]

How Not to Spend Your Whole Day on Facebook


I saw this video about a month ago and kept meaning to post about it, but well, you know how it goes… Tips for keeping your focus while working:

Your Patient Information is Safe: Data Security and Offsite Backups Protecting Health Information


This guest post is courtesy of Brian Foster. Brian spent five years in the IT field as a desktop support tech and supervisor. He is interested in networking, cloud computing and social networking. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets specific regulations for how health insurance companies and the medical providers they work with manage […]

Making The Most Of Graphics For Trial


Melvin Dubinsky, a trial attorney in New York City, had his article “Making The Most Of Graphics For Trial” featured in the August 2012 edition of The Practical Lawyer. In an increasingly computer-dependent and image-saturated world, the use of trial graphics has never been easier or more beneficial. Mr. Dubinsky’s article presents actual examples from […]

How To Trick Yourself Into Working


This video about how to prevent procrastination, via Andrew Sullivan, looks interesting. I think I’ll watch it later…

Dallas Trial Lawyer Indicted For Stealing From Clients


A Dallas personal injury trial lawyer has been indicted on four counts of stealing money from client settlements and for stealing identities in order to take out loans. I don’t think I’ve ever met the lawyer accused of these crimes, and I sincerely hope the lawyer is not guilty of these allegations. Trial lawyers have […]

Social Security Disability: What Every Lawyer Should Know


This article was written for the American Bar Association to serve as a brief guide when a lawyer who does not practice Social Security disability law receives an inquiry in that field. I hope you find it helpful. Learn how to collect the proper data to give an informed referral Learn how to distinguish among […]