It Is All About Respect

October 26, 2014 Law Practice

The judge takes the bench at 9:15 am. That she does this every day without fail is a sign of respect for herself, for the system, and for every person who appears in front of her. And it makes my job easier too: Make sure you are there no later than 9:00 o’clock, I tell […]

Read the full article →

MSNBC on Blackwater Murder Verdict

October 25, 2014 Current Events
Read the full article →

Worthy v. United States: The DCCA on Prior Consistent Statements

October 23, 2014 Evidence

Just because you repeat something over and over does not make it true.  Nor are you permitted to “bolster” your own witness. A “prior consistent statement” – a witness’ previous statement that is consistent with something the witness testifies to while on the stand – is generally inadmissible.  If it is an out-of-court statement offered […]

Read the full article →

“I Make Over Six Figures A Year. What Am I Doing Here?”

October 14, 2014 DUI and Driving Offenses

Guest Post by Tyler Wolff* These are the first words that went through my head when the jury found me guilty of my second DUI.  The first one was a dangerous mistake:  I was young, underage, drinking with a fake ID, and hadn’t consumed much alcohol in my life up to that point.  Really, growing […]

Read the full article →

Thank You For Your Vote Of Confidence

October 9, 2014 Juveniles

Dear Juvenile Client: You must think I am one really, really good lawyer. Why else would you violate every condition of your pre-trial probation — knowing that this would result in your being locked up until forever — unless you were absolutely convinced that I was going to beat the case? You are the boss. […]

Read the full article →

Lawyer Advertising: The “Texas Law Hawk”

October 3, 2014 Law Marketing/Networking

H/T A Public Defender

Read the full article →

Life Lessons for My Law Practice

October 2, 2014 Law Practice

I am in Nairobi.  Kenya is famous, among other things, for its malachite jewelry, and I would like to buy my wife a malachite necklace.  I check at the hotel store and see that the necklaces there sell for well over $100.  So I go out to a market on the street with cash. A […]

Read the full article →

You Are Not A Professional Criminal

September 30, 2014 Criminal Procedure

You should not feel bad. Believe me, you are not the first person to be fooled by police into making a statement or doing something else incriminating.  Remember:  They are professionals.  They are good at what they do.  And you are not a professional criminal.  Lots of educated, savvy and sophisticated people have fallen for […]

Read the full article →

D.C. Police to Wear Body Cameras

September 28, 2014 Current Events

The Metropolitan Police Department will begin a pilot program this week in which police officers will be outfitted with body cameras to record their interactions with civilians. According to the Washington Post, 165 officers will be equipped with a camera on either their shirt or glasses. The purpose of this program is to “increase public […]

Read the full article →

In Defense of a Well-Timed Stink

September 21, 2014 Trial Advocacy

Clients love the courtroom theatrics. There was a criminal defense lawyer in Philadelphia – I will call him Larry — who could put on the best show you have ever seen.  Larry was fearless and he was funny.  He would talk back to the judge.  He would dress down the prosecutor for interrupting him:  “You […]

Read the full article →