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“Forging Fear Into a Constructive Edge”

When I was prosecuting habitually barking dog cases on a 3rd-year bar card, I wondered when my fear of jury trials would ever end. That was 1989. To this day I remain uneasy and agitated the morning a trial begins. In fact, I'm miserable. Until I speak my first words during voir dire, I'm frightened. I fear [...]

By | November 21st, 2015|"Off The Back", Personal Thoughts|Comments Off on “Forging Fear Into a Constructive Edge”

“A Dark Side of Practicing Law”

Trial lawyers are masters of disguise. They learn to shroud fear, surprise, uncertainty, and a plethora of other emotions that might damage their credibility with jurors or belie a position of strength with an adversary. Similarly, those same skills enable them to conceal the repercussions of a dark side of practicing law. Stress, depression, mental [...]

By | May 20th, 2015|"Off The Back", Personal Thoughts|Comments Off on “A Dark Side of Practicing Law”

“On Choosing the Right Law Partner”

Joining forces. Teaming up. Going partners. Whatever you call it, choosing a law partner can be a pivotal decision in one's career. Most criminal defense attorneys practice solo, enjoying the "lone-wolf" style of life. However, a well working partnership can enhance the lives of each partner in ways that one lawyer working alone cannot. Conversely, [...]

By | March 5th, 2015|"Off The Back", Personal Thoughts|Comments Off on “On Choosing the Right Law Partner”

“Never Give Up”

"Off the Back" is a phrase used in competitive road cycling describing a rider dropped by the lead group who, consequently, has lost the energy saving benefit of riding in the group's slipstream. Once off the back the rider struggles alone in the wind to catch up. It's difficult and lonely. Often you feel as [...]

By | August 26th, 2014|"Off The Back", Personal Thoughts|3 Comments