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    Working Successfully with a Legal Assistant

    Good two-way communication is essential to a successful relationship —This principle is so basic it seems almost trivial to mention it, but it’s worth reinforcing. Communication is not a top down process. It involves mutual respect and clear...

    Young Lawyers Journal: Pretrial Procedure in State and Federal Court: 90 Days before Trial: Part 1

    Getting ready for trial can be a challenging experience, as you obsessively recheck the completeness of your evidence, and prepare to tell your client's story to the jury. The thoroughness of your efforts directly affects the likelihood of your success...

    Young Lawyers Journal: Pretrial Procedure in State and Federal Court: 90 Days before Trial: Part 2

    This article is the second installment of a two-part primer on state and federal pretrial procedure during the 90 days before trial. In the 90-day period preceding trial, review what you have learned and evaluate what it means for your client's position...

    Top Tips-Jury Section, Law Division

    . Know the facts of your case. It may seem simplistic, but jury trials are won on the facts. The importance of knowing the facts of the case cannot be overstated. . Know the law regarding expert witnesses. You should know what qualifies a person to be...

    Extrajudicial Statements: Lawyers' Ethical Obligations in Communicating with the Press

    In an era when attorneys have broad access to the media and the public has a seemingly insatiable appetite for information about high profile legal cases and cutting edge legal issues, an attorney's familiarity with the professional obligations of...

    The Instrumental Lawyer and the Limits of the Law

    We have seen that the agency relationship between client and lawyer requires the 4 C fiduciary duties to assure that a lawyer acts subject to the client's control. At the same time, every agency relationship is subject to one limitation: neither the...

    THE EXPANDING ENTERPRISE: Too Good To Be True?

    I wonder if something is askew. My client's business plan seems too good to be true. My clients employees leave me uncomfortable. I am just not sure everything is on the up and up. Yet it is nothing I can put my finger on. And the fellow is paying...

    The Law of Fraud and Professional Obligation

    The law of fraud limits the legally acceptable conduct of lawyers and clients. If you or your client commit fraud, civil or criminal consequences could result. If you do so, you also face a third possibility: professional discipline. The Model Rules contain...

    The New Client?

    The call elicits instant chest swelling. It's a prospective client who has been treated very badly by one of my professional rivals at another firm. "I should have gone with my instincts and picked you in the first place," the caller intones...

    Ethics Considerations for the Environmental Lawyer

    Environmental practitioners confront various ethical issues of particular concern to them, and these arise for reasons ranging from substantive issues conflicts, to conflicts in multi-party CERCLA cases, to those inherent in a practice in multiple jurisdictions...

    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Issues in Real Estate Transactions

    Of all of the new realities in representing clients in real estate transactions, undoubtedly the least friendly is the new reality of the vastly increasing number of claims against attorneys based upon conflicts and violations of ethics or rules of professional...

    Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Attorneys in Securities Transactions

    With the collapse of Enron and other major corporations, corporate governance and the individuals that contribute to the corporate governance framework have received significant public attention. "Investor confidence in the quality and integrity...

    Checklist for Setting up a Law Office

    I. Obtaining Clients a. Determine what kind of clients to represent i. Small businesses ii. Family law iii. Personal injury iv. Collection work v. Insurance defense b. Solicit clients i. Advertising ii. Announcement letters ...

    Engagement Letters

    When an attorney agrees to represent a client, it is in everyone’s best interests to get the fee agreement in writing. The agreement should cover the precise matter for which the attorney or firm is being retained, the fees to be charged, expenses...

    Negotiations and Settlements

    Whether an attorney is involved in a sale or a trial, negotiation is a vital part of the attorney’s duties. Before an attorney can negotiate a deal or a settlement for the client, it is important that he know the value of the client’s case...

    Keeping a Calendar

    Judges demand respect. Part of that is a demand that attorneys show up when they are supposed to, ready to proceed. Missed deadlines and missed appointments can result in adverse rulings against a client, sanctions against the attorney, and possible disciplinary...

    Ethical Responsibilities to the Tribunal

    An attorney is required to zealously represent a client; however, this representation is limited by the requirement that such representation be within the bounds of the law. There is a moral component to that representation that is found in Rule 3.3 of...

    Initial Interview with a Potential Client

    The purpose of the client interview is to obtain as much information in respect to the situation presented by the client. A second purpose is to sell the attorney’s services. In order to convince the client to retain the attorney, it is necessary...

    Ethical Considerations in Obtaining New Clients

    Before accepting a client in a matter, the attorney must consider two major things. First and foremost is whether the attorney has a conflict of interest in representing the client, whether that conflict be real or potential. The second consideration...