“No One Told You That Solo Practice Was Going To Be Like This”

September 24, 2010
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Last year, while taking the first steps to launch my own law firm, I spent a lot of time on the ABA listserv for solo practitioners, Solosez. I followed the excited postings of other people who had just… Read More

David Baugh on Voir Dire

September 22, 2010
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David P. Baugh was one of the speakers at a Virginia Trial Lawyers Association CLE I attended yesterday.  Baugh is perhaps best known for defending the free speech of a Ku Klux Klan member in a trial that… Read More

On Human Memory and Eyewitness Testimony

September 8, 2010
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Many years ago, as a student at the University of Freiburg in Germany, I went with an American friend to West Berlin to sightsee.  We went to a bar one night in which we were taken for some… Read More

Signs You Have Been Working Out Of Your Home Office For Too Long

September 3, 2010

Courtesy of the solo practitioners at the ABA listserv Solosez, here are the top 15 signs that you have been working out of your home office, by yourself, for too long. You look forward to your dentist appointment…. Read More

Erik Prince Meet Susan Burke

August 19, 2010
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  My wife Susan Burke heads to the United Arab Emirates this weekend to depose Blackwater Founder Erik Prince as part of one of her civil lawsuits against him. As reported in yesterday’s New York Times, Susan has… Read More

The “Disappearing Sway” In A DWI/DUI Case

August 15, 2010

  “Swaying while balancing” is one of four “clues” used by a police officer to detect intoxication during the One-Leg-Stand component of the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST).  The police officer would require only one other clue to… Read More

Everyone Should Have An Identical Twin

August 8, 2010
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For over 20 years, Detective Wynn conducted line-ups at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF) in Philadelphia.  The line-ups were carried out in a little triangular-shaped room just beyond the main reception area. You know the way it looks… Read More

On Becoming A Solo Criminal Defense Attorney Right Out of Law School

August 4, 2010
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  A couple of days ago I was contacted by a colleague here in town on a criminal case she had just taken on. My colleague set up her own firm right out of law school, and this… Read More

The Blood/Breath Partition Ratio in a DWI Case

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The science behind the Intoxilyzer 5000EN and other breath test machines all sounds very impressive.  The problem is that the machines are based on certain assumptions about the person being tested.  If the assumptions are faulty, so are… Read More

The Xeroxing of Arrest Reports in a DWI/DUI Case

July 30, 2010
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With two DWI trials coming up, I will be focusing myself, as well as this blog, on the science and law related to this issue.  I am also consulting what I have found to be the best resource… Read More