You may have noticed that I haven't written on the blog since October. That's not because I haven't been writing. I've been writing a great deal. But all of it has gone toward my next book, Level Up Your Law Practice. I'm really excited about the book. I think it's the best one I've written yet -- although admittedly, it would be odd if I didn't think that. Here's the elevator pitch for Level Up Your Law Practice: A healthy mindset gives you defensive measures to absorb criticism and manage your fears, and provides the foundation on which you can...
My article "Jurisdictional Limit for Civil District Court Cases Increased" is in the September 2019 issue of CLM Magazine (p.49). The article discusses the cap increase for civil district court cases in Alabama that went into effect on September 1, 2019. If you'd like to read the article, you can do so here: CLM National: September 2019.
I'm attending the Alabama State Bar's annual conference this week. One of the sessions yesterday was with a panel of judges sharing with lawyers what they wish we knew and did differently. Most of them are pretty straightforward, but the first one caught me off guard. What judges wish you knew and did differently Don’t wear flip-flops to court - this was not gender specific, and I was embarrassed for the entire profession that this needed to be addressed. Don’t use lengthy string cites in briefs without explanatory parentheticals. Judges aren't putting great weight on cases that we don't bother...
Okeoma Moronu recently had me on her podcast "The Happy Lawyer Project" to discuss time management and productivity, making yourself indispensable within your law firm, influential books that I've read in the past year, and of course, my new book, Stop Putting Out Fires. You can listen to the interview wherever you normally listen to podcasts or at Okeoma's website.
I did an interview with the ABA about how daily, intentional learning can help you improve your practice. In the interview feature, they've also included some excepts from my book, Building a Better Law Practice: How to be a better lawyer in just a few minutes a day.
Jared Correia and I talk about why I'd rather be Lex Luthor than either Clark Kent or Peter Parker, how to get comfortable as a lawyer, be cognizant of your knowledge limitations, and methods of improving your craft in this month's Legal Toolkit Podcast.
This week I was interviewed by Lee Rawles of the ABA Journal's Modern Law Library podcast. Among other things, we get into the inside baseball of how my book Building a Better Law Practice is structured like a devotional for lawyers and why I made that choice. You can find the interview on the Legal Talk Network website, iTunes, and Google Play.
I went on the Law School Toolkit Podcast for my first interview about Building a Better Law Practice: Become a Better Lawyer in 5 Minutes a Day. Alison Monahan and I had a good conversation about the book and the practical ways in which it can help lawyers improve their craft. You can access the interview either from Google Play, iTunes, or the Law School Toolkit website. For more about the book, go to www.betterlawpractice.com. And don't forget, you can get a 20% discount code to apply at ShopABA.org by subscribing to my blog.
My write-up about the 11th Circuit opinion in ML Healthcare Services LLC v. Publix Super Markets Inc. can be found in the June 2018 issue of CLM Magazine. The article, "Evidence of Collateral Source Payments May Be Admissible," discusses the limited circumstances in which evidence of collateral source payments may be admissible in Georgia. You can read the article here: CLM National News - June 2018.
[Setting: A rural, conservative gem of a county in middle Alabama. Plaintiff's counsel is with one of the more well known personal injury firms in Alabama. The plaintiff himself is a dullard of a fellow, who poses me no danger of charming the jury. The judge is a charismatic guy who is wisely using this opportunity to allow his captive constituents to get to know him and the other elected civic officials in the county. The judge delivers his opening remarks and allows the jurors who believe they should excused from service to present themselves and their excuses (which are...