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The Ethics of Trial by Facebook.

No. 831 The CEB Blog (California Education of the Bar) reports that George Zimmerman’s defense team has established a Website, Facebook page and Twitter Account to address what they see as public misconceptions and present their case in the Court of Public Opinion.  The website is soliciting contributions for the Defense Fund. The CEB Blog post […]

Free of Charge and Worth Every Cent.

No.  830 The New York Times reports that 50 hours of pro bono publico work will be required, starting next year, before admission to the New York State Bar.The article goes on to talk about the great need for free or low cost legal services and how such a program may address that need. But […]

Free Thinker.

Serious thinking requires one vital ingredient — the absence of distraction. You must have quiet. Thus, if you always turn on a radio or television to (I’ve been told) keep you company, you are depriving yourself of the opportunity to think. Instead of getting lost your own thoughts, your mind is filled up by someone else’s thoughts. There is nothing wrong with listening to others. What is wrong is abolishing any opportunity for quiet, reflective thought.

Think about it.

Becoming the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be.

But, it is the subtitle that always strikes a chord in me,every time I see it: “How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be.”

A World Without Lawyers.

No. 743  If you watch Terra Nova on Fox on Monday night, perhaps you heard the comment that the colony, founded in pre-historic earth with the benefit of a time warp, doesn’t have any lawyers. Science fiction, of course, but they don’t call it science fiction anymore, they call it science fantasy. Is this lawyer-free […]

May I Remind You That You Are Under Oath?

No. 738   As you may know, the bar results are in.  That means that a new crop of lawyers will be sworn in.  Many will take the oath en masse before the Supreme Court.  But some, perhaps with urgent business before the court, will take it in a private ceremony.  Judge Joseph Ridge, who […]

The Art of the Objection.

Like so many things that lawyers do, stating objections in court requires preparation, experience and skill. If you don’t state your grounds quickly, the damage may be done, even if the objection is sustained.

Lawyerist Added to Blogroll

I find that I read the Lawyerist almost every day, so I put it in the blogroll so you can too. Most posts are about law practice management or legal marketing. They are full of ideas and always interesting.

Those Disclaimers at the end of emails — worse than nothing.

The truth is, when a privileged matter is disclosed by accident, there is a very good chance that the privilege has been waived. If the transmission is privileged, you had better protect the privilege by taking measures in advance not to disclose it to the likes of me. Like encryption.

Yes, encryption. If a message is encrypted, the accidental recipient cannot read it. Think about that.

From the Blogroll

No. 666 Time Management Ninja: What You Should Have Done Last Night. My Shingle : Century Solo. 22 Tweets: David Morgan, LLB. Nutmeg Lawyer:  Incorporating QR Codes into Your Practice. Real Lawyers Have Blogs:  Lawyers Can Establish Trust With Their Target Audience Online. That’s Church: State of the Bandwagon.   CLT         […]

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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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