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Lawyers as a group tend to be dissatisfied. They’re dissatisfied with the work they’re doing. They’re dissatisfied with the money they’re making. Clients are frustrating, courts are frustrating, and the practice of law isn’t what they thought it would be. Why? The truth is that the work is great. It’s intellectually challenging. Maybe not if you’re shuffling one client after another through an assembly line, but if you’re litigating cases and going to trial when appropriate, it’s everything any bright-eyed law student could ever hope for. It’s an intellectual feast. The money is also great. Even with law school debt, bar exam debt, business-starting debt, and whatever personal baggage you bring in, your time is still worth an enormous amount of money. Good … Read entire article »

Filed under: Government Rants

Lawyer Stage Fright

I’ve seen plenty of attorneys let their nerves get the better of them in the courtroom, but I rarely hear attorneys discuss stage fright. Why don’t we talk about it? It negatively impacts the quality of representation for many defense attorneys, and I’ve seen prosecutors spend whole trials looking like deer in headlights. I know a fair number of prosecutors and defense attorneys who desperately plead out their cases because they fear trial. I don’t remember anyone discussing ways to deal with stage fright in law school, and I don’t think most public defender or prosecutor training covers it in any real depth either. The advice seems to just be “keep doing it until you aren’t nervous anymore,” but for some people, just doing it over and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Practice in General, Trial

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