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PA Appellate Courts Schedule Arguments Using Electronic Media

No. 1,642 PA appellate courts have announced arguments to be conducted by electronic media, reports Howard Bashman in his blog “How Appealing.” Here is what he stated on April 22, including links: The state appellate courts of Pennsylvania have announced plans for the video or telephonic oral argument of appeals: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania […]

Disparagement of Competition, Lawyer’s Version.

No. 1,605 While traveling, I saw a personal injury lawyer’s ad on TV in another state.  I was actually shocked.  It stated that many attorneys accept personal injury cases who are unqualified. Some have never been in court, it stated.  However, if you call the phone number provided, this firm will apparently tell you about […]

Loneliness of the Long Distance Lawyer

No. 1,462 Are you surprised that, as reported in the ABA Journal, lawyers lead all categories of workers in feeling lonely? Yes, most of us experience long periods in front of computer screens, drafting pleadings, briefs and the like.  But in a law firm there should be many other opportunities for collegiality. Yet the feelings […]

Running the Six Minute Mile.

No. 1,424 A lot of lawyers still bill time in 6 minute increments.  The idea behind this practice is appealing but wrong. Since there are 60 minutes in an hour, the six minute unit just happened to be a tenth of an hour or .1.  At the end of the day, you could add up […]

Calling all Concierges!

No. 1,401 We all know what a concierge used to be.  It was the person at a desk by the door of a hotel who not only recommended a restaurant, but made your reservations.  The concierge often could straighten out your airline tickets or any number of problems that travelers encounter but don’t have the […]

Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Lawyers.

No. 1,339   For a very long time, we have been aware that law schools have been producing more lawyers than the market required.  Yet, they kept on enrolling.  So, when USA Today runs a story about the first accredited law school to plan to close, is it even news? This story has been beaten […]

Is Your Lawyer Happy In His/Her Work?

No. 1,227 Summary:  While some lawyers are subject to depression due to stress, there are many who enjoy their work and achieve satisfaction from helping people and solving problems. Happy lawyers do good work for their clients. I ran across a short post from Time Magazine last night called “High Paying Jobs That Will Make […]

Robotic Lawyers and Other Science Fiction About the Future.

No. 1,136 A filler article in USA Today recently listed “small-time” lawyers as a professional group that will not exist in 15 years. It states that computers will take over the services presently being performed by these lawyers. Such predictions are not new. The age of artificial intelligence is dawning.  The IBM Watson computer, which beat […]

Some think: “Legal Ethics are to Ethics as [fill in your own answer].”

So, I read in my favorite Blog, The Nutmeg Lawyer, that it might be risking disbarment in North Carolina for a lawyer to represent himself as a specialist if he does not hold the appropriate certification. A little over the top, perhaps, but point well taken.

FOR LAWYERS — Book Review: “Legal Rainmaking Myths: What You Think You Know About Business Development Can Kill Your Practice.” By Julie A. Fleming, J. D.

No. 1,005 Julie A. Fleming is a legal marketing guru who used to practice law.  She wrote  “The Reluctant Rainmaker”  with the lawyer in mind who cringes at the idea of looking for business.  Her second book, “Seven Foundations of Time Mastery for Attorneys” recognizes that lawyers have unique productivity problems which require unique solutions. […]

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CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 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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