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How Lawyers Can Avoid Burnout

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The practice of law is one of the most stressful professions in the modern world. Lawyers are at high risk of developing problems with alcohol, as well as mental disorders, including anxiety, stress, and depression. Many lawyers feel burnt out after practicing for some time, having spent years dealing with the stress caused by… Read More »

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Effective Closing Arguments for Lawyers

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Our experienced court reporters have seen the best (and worst) of lawyer performances. Watching a jury respond to a truly captivating and compelling closing argument is immensely satisfying. Conversely, there are few things as frustrating as watching a strong case fail to convince a factfinder because the legal team failed to adequately demonstrate their… Read More »

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Features of a Reliable Court Reporter

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Accurate, reliable transcripts are a key part of any legal case. When you are looking to retain a court reporter, you need someone in the room that you can trust to faithfully reproduce exactly what is said, and to do so discreetly, professionally, and efficiently. A good court reporter allows you to focus entirely… Read More »

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How to Prepare Your Expert Witness for a Deposition and Testimony

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Expert witnesses can be a key element in a variety of lawsuits, from financial experts in securities litigation to medical experts in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Some experts have been put through the proverbial litigation ringer many times and operate as experts for a living. Other experts are newer to litigation and may simply… Read More »

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Helping a New Attorney Learn to Conduct Successful Depositions

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Conducting a successful deposition is a skill that most lawyers spend their entire career honing. While no attorney will depose a witness perfectly on their inaugural effort first-chairing a deposition, there are several strategies that more senior attorneys can use to help newer associates learn how to conduct a deposition. Read on to learn… Read More »

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Clear Communication During a Deposition is Critical

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Despite the fact that videotaped depositions are growing in popularity, the purpose of a deposition is to create a written record of one witness or expert’s opinion on a topic, generated by the court reporter assigned to memorialize the deposition. Without clear verbal communication from the deponent, the facts or opinions the deponent is… Read More »

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Task Force Recommends Sweeping Changes to Arizona Legal Practice

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A new report issued by the Arizona Task Force on the Delivery of Legal Services recommends substantial changes to the laws and rules governing the practice of law in the state. The report includes several recommendations that have been recently adopted in other states, such as softening the prohibitions on non-lawyers being partial owners… Read More »

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Technology that Can Simplify the Discovery Process

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If you’re a litigator, you know the overwhelming feeling that can come during the discovery process. In the era of digitized records, it’s a common litigation tactic to flood the opposing side with reams of materials, leaving them with the struggle of locating the relevant information and keeping an organized record of what they… Read More »

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Ways to Integrate Multimedia Technology into Your Trial Strategy

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The days of attorneys relying on nothing but their dazzling verbal displays to win over a judge or jury during a trial have passed. These days, attorneys are expected to use a full array of audio and visual media to keep the court’s attention, not to mention the advantages gained from the persuasive power… Read More »

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Setting up a Successful Home Office

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More and more law firms are offering their attorneys the option of working from a home office. Working from home can involve a period of adjustment, but once you find the right office setup, you might find yourself getting more work done from home than in a busy office. Read on to learn some… Read More »