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10 steps for preparing for an appellate argument (access required)

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Once an appeal has been fully briefed and the oral argument has been scheduled, it is time to get ready for the argument. Thorough preparation for the argu­ment should go far beyond just re-reading the briefs and making an outline. ...

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Lawyer must testify about how she got documents (access required)

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An unnamed criminal defense at­torney and her investigator will have to answer federal prosecu­tors’ questions about how they came into possession of allegedly fraudulent documents that were in­troduced as evidence at their cli­ent’s trial. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Rebel without a case (access required)

After a two-year, $10 million reno­vation, the York County Courthouse in York, South Carolina, reopened earlier this year to a mostly warm reception. It featured refurbished wood floors, cathe­dral-style ceilings, and elevators. What it did not feature is the Con­federate ...

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Fore play on the fairway (access required)

Two amorous young folks have found themselves in the legal rough after they were allegedly caught having sex on a golf course in Tega Cay. Dakota Payne, 19, and Kiernan Hen­nessey, 24, were found lying on the fair­way of the ...

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Feds can no longer seize ‘untainted’ assets pre-trial (access required)

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Criminal defendants in the feder­al courts covered by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals may have an easier time coming up with the funds to pay for their defense attor­neys from now on. On Aug. 18 the full 4th ...

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Dealing with difficult clients (access required)

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I have heard several lawyers break the ice with an audience of other lawyers by joking that they love their jobs — except for their clients. This joke often elicits a quick laugh be­cause almost every lawyer can identify with ...

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Lawyers look ahead and say change is good (access required)

According to a recent study con­ducted by Altman Weil, “Law Firms in Transition 2017,” 72 percent of responding firms believe that change in the legal industry will continue to take place at a rapid rate, compared to 2012 when only ...

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To retreat or not to retreat? (access required)

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Once a year or so, it’s a great idea to “market” to your own staff and members by holding a firm or de­partment retreat. This is not a party or family picnic. Rather, retreats combine formal and in­formal working sessions ...

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Lawyers and social media in 2017, by the numbers (access required)

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Until recently, lawyers have been reticent to use social media, insist­ing that it was a passing fad. How­ever, because social media has increasingly cropped up as import­ant evidence in cases, lawyers’ at­titudes have begun to change, as they realize that ...

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After Microsoft buy, LinkedIn makes bid for B2B advertising (access required)

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LinkedIn was acquired by Micro­soft recently, and it’s been busy at work improving the service. The company launched an updat­ed site in late January. But what most people don’t know is that this wasn’t just an everyday, cosmetic touch-up. This ...

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