Communicating


Comedy in the Courtroom

How Learning Improv Gives Lawyers an Edge

By | Jul.06.17 | 2 Comments

Paul Farahvar on stage at the Laugh Factory. (Photo courtesy of Paul Farahvar.) There are places where you can tell a joke and places where you definitely shouldn’t. Generally, the courtroom is not the first choice …Continue reading »


Managing Uncertainty

Seven Business Lessons for Lawyers from Improv Comedy

By | Jul.06.17 | No Comments

Good improv comics have an ability to walk onto a stage and connect with an audience effortlessly. It may seem like this is because of their innate acting talent, but that’s only part of it. …Continue reading »


Content Under Pressure

Proofreading and Mindfulness: Bringing a Nonjudgmental Observer to Your Copy

By | Jul.05.17 | 1 Comment

With spellcheckers and online grammar guardians such as Grammarly, proofreading has become a nostalgic pastime for some writers. But proofreading is more than spotting typographical errors; it is a chance to impartially consider usage and …Continue reading »


Business Development

Are You Woke to Cultural Marketing?

By | Jun.29.17 | No Comments

In a country with increasingly diverse demographics, effective marketing must appeal to but not insult any group. Sticking to One’s Own People may be most comfortable consulting a lawyer in their own demographic, but that isn’t always …Continue reading »


Content Under Pressure

Style Guides: Maintaining a Healthy Relationship Between Creator and Content

By | Jun.01.17 | No Comments

Most of us have a generally good grasp of English usage and punctuation. The problem is that some usage and punctuation errors are so subtle and pervasive that we are tricked into thinking they are …Continue reading »


Get to the Point!

Qualifiers Do Not Increase Quality

By | May.10.17 | 1 Comment

You can’t be persuasive if your message is confusing. Whether you’re arguing a motion or giving an interview on a political issue, clarity is what counts. A qualifier changes the meaning of another word or …Continue reading »


Content Under Pressure

Write Your Way Into the Euphemism-Free Zone

By | May.01.17 | No Comments

Last month’s United Airlines overbooking debacle and the subsequent PR disaster and brand implosion has me thinking of the value of communicating clearly. There’s much to be critical of in United’s behavior and initial poorly …Continue reading »


Trial Skills

Are You Acting in the Courtroom?

By | Apr.24.17 | No Comments

A law student is working on a direct examination during a trial skills program. She is practicing her presentation — how she stands, gestures and speaks. Each time through the examination, she asks exactly the …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

A Solo’s Tips on Balancing Client Calls and Personal Time

By | Apr.14.17 | 3 Comments

If you’re a solo practitioner or in a small law firm, you are likely a slave to your smartphone, making sure clients can always reach you. As managing partner at a small firm, I found …Continue reading »


Get to the Point!

You Can’t Practice Law Without Math

By | Apr.12.17 | No Comments

One of my mediations included negotiation of a medical provider’s lien. The lien was $10,000; the offer to settle it was $3,700. I gently pointed out that the offer was less than half the amount …Continue reading »