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Practice Safe Law

You’re starting to mature into your practice, I can see that. You’re discovering new documents in new places and you’re developing new feelings toward judges, juries, and jurisdictions. I see that you’ve also started to notice clients. Hey, I don’t blame you! Clients are the yin to the attorney’s yang, the Jack to your Diane, […]

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WSBA Sections: A Road to a Niche Practice

Learn more about WSBA Sections at Open Sections Night on Jan. 16! An attorney who holds a valid Washington State Bar license is, technically, qualified to render legal advice to a client concerning any subject. But the “womb-to-tomb” general practitioner seems to be in decline; the information age has given rise to savvier clients who […]

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Men’s Fall Fashion: Overcoats!

Winter is coming! Here are 3 coats that will fit nicely over a suit jacket. I wear a suit all day, every day. My closet is packed with so many suits that I hardly have room for much else, especially not my collection of unopened Coke Zero cans depicting images from the 2010 Winter Olympics […]

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Friday 5: Free iPhone Apps to Help with New Year’s Resolutions

Because even the most resolute need help now and again. On Dec. 31, 2001, I made a New Year’s resolution to never again make another New Year’s resolution. It’s the only resolution I’ve ever managed to keep. I’m a notorious quitter who had never before followed through on any of the crazy resolutions I had imagined […]

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Lazy Quotes

Write better! Don’t use long block quotes in place of legal analysis. Legal writing is meant to help a judge (or whoever is the legal writer’s intended reader) decide a difficult problem. In that regard, incorporating direct quotes from judicial opinions or statutes can be a highly effective means of legal writing advocacy. But too […]

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Take a Stand, Live Healthier

Sitting all day puts you at an increased risk for diabetes, weight gain, and heart attacks. Take a stand, literally. Most attorneys suffer from a life-threatening disease. The ailment may not come from monkeys, birds, pigs, or secret government-run chemical factories, and Dustin Hoffman may not be chasing it across California with Rene Russo. (That’s right, […]

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Enough Said

Trent Latta explains why you should treat “said” like other 4-letter words in legal writing. Perhaps the most irritating and antiquated word in the legal industry is “said.” This four-letter word’s lifetime has come to an end; it is time to stop using it. Enough is enough. “Said” is not unlike a curse word. I […]

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An Ethical Case of the Blaws

The legal profession ranks among the highest professionals with significantly depressed members. In an October 2011 article written for De Novo, I explored the reasons attorneys are more likely depressed, and potentially suicidal, than their white-collar peers. In that same article, I also argued that attorneys who suffer from mental health disorders, such as chronic […]

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