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Switching places: the lawyer as witness (access required)


Physicians are regularly called to testify in court as a witness. It can be a stressful experience de­pending on the circumstances of the testimony. As an attorney, I have counselled many healthcare pro­viders on their planned testimony. But what happens ...

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Job hopping and millennials: how to stem it (access required)


Another characteristic can now be added to the list of many traits attributed to millennials: job hopping. In a recent article on this subject for the ABA Journal, Debra Cassens Weiss cites a recent survey in which almost 40 percent ...

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Five tips to help in hiring (access required)


The most difficult part of owning the business is finding the right employees. At our shop, we look for employees who are profession­als but also enjoy working with the public. Finding the right employee is difficult, especially given the variety ...

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


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)


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)


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)


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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