Skills


BUILDING SKILLS

Five Hot Tips for Researching on Google Scholar

By | Oct.08.14 | No Comments

If you are seeking ways to reduce your legal research costs, here is one good option: Google Scholar. It is an online research service you can use to find cases and secondary sources for free. …Continue reading »


Lawyering Skills

The Ultimate Answer to Tough Questions

By | Oct.07.14 | 2 Comments

I still remember my first day in torts class. Old man river, my respectable professor, called on me to analyze an opinion from some archaic case. “Ms. (unfortunately easy-to-pronounce maiden name), is this paragraph law or …Continue reading »


Power User

For Better or Worse: Customizing Styles in Microsoft Word

By | Sep.25.14 | 2 Comments

In last month’s column, “Stylin’ It in Microsoft Word,” I showed how using Word’s default Styles to format documents can make your life much easier — and urged you to “leave ’em as Microsoft set ’em.” Still, …Continue reading »


Back to Basics

How to Master Your Fear of Speaking

By | Sep.04.14 | 1 Comment

Yes, we can hear the jokes now. A lawyer who is afraid to speak is like a vegan at a steakhouse — not only rare (no pun intended) but also a bit laughable. But wait. …Continue reading »


Get to the Point!

Avoid Clichés? As If!

By | Aug.07.14 | 2 Comments

Teddy Snyder’s post of August 7, 2014 was published with the editorial addition of language Teddy would not have used. We regret the oversight and provide the corrected post here. Here’s one for the books. You …Continue reading »


Fake It 'Til You Make It

Tips to Boost Your Confidence

By | Aug.06.14 | 1 Comment

When teaching speaking skills to lawyers, the first question is why participants are there. What do they want out of the session? The most common answer is they want to feel more confident. They want …Continue reading »