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Mindfulness and Lawyering

No. 1,331 Gotta go.  But before I do, I want to leave you a link to a great blog.  Its about lawyering.  Lawyering is hard.  It is painful.  Too often our best efforts end in defeat.  So here’s the link to a post that hits a chord.  More about it later. CLT

Are You a Hunter?

No. 1,321 Through over 90% of the history of our species the primary means of survival was through gathering wild fruit, grains, berries and the like and then by hunting.  Those who excelled as hunters ate first, survived and raised families, who in turn ate better and more regularly than the families of less gifted […]

How to Effectively Cross Examine an Expert Without Discussing His/Her Opinion.

No. 1,287 Here’s avery good  post in the California Education of the Bar Blog that is worth a read by trial lawyers demonstrating the indirect questioning of an expert witness. You never challenge the conclusion, but bring up undeniable truths. The Art of Cross Examination, by Francis L. Wellman, an old classic, told about a […]

The Age of the Introvert

No. 1,242 Summary:  The reason why most lawyers are introverts is that academic standards have been rising over the decades and the best students are generally introverts. The Cover Story for the January edition of the American Bar Association Journal is entitled: “Most lawyers are introverted and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.” Contrary to […]

Getting to the Heart of It.

A brief is supposed to be persuasive. That means that you have to get to the heart of it. And then you have to make a good, plausible argument. And then you stop.


CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 40 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.


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