On Firing A Client

April 15, 2010
American flag

There is always a lot of discussion over at the ABA listserv Solosez about client relations.  People talk about the need to sometimes fire a client, which, from what people say, almost seems like a rite of passage… Read More

On Free Consultations

In an entry today called “Don’t Blame Clients For What Lawyers Do,” Scott Greenfield writes of the “huge rift” within the legal profession “between those desperately seeking business and those desperately seeking to provide clients with excellent representation.” … Read More

The Voice of a Law Office

April 13, 2010
D.C. skyline

A couple of weeks ago, I changed the message on my office voice mail.  My 19-year-old daughter had done the original recording, but, after listening to it back, we both agreed that her voice sounded too girlish. So,… Read More

On Meeting Mark Bennett of Defending People

April 12, 2010
U.S. Capitol building

In talking with another lawyer during my training in Houston, the other lawyer was surprised that I could know so much about the author of D.A. Confidential without being aware that he speaks with a British accent. That’s… Read More

Post-Script On The Guy Who Left His Car On Our Brick Wall

April 11, 2010
Aerial view of DC

Yesterday I posted about the guy who drove his Lexis onto our brick wall and then left it there.  I assumed he had been drinking. I assumed we would never see him again. And, as suggested by another… Read More

“Every DWI Case Is Defensible”

April 10, 2010
Jefferson Memorial

You often hear criminal defense lawyers who are just starting out say that they will initially handle drinking-and-driving offenses, like DWI or DUI, until they get their feet on the ground.  The cases are, they say, straightforward and… Read More

On Becoming Certified to Administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Test

April 9, 2010
U.S. Capitol building

There is nothing more gratifying for a criminal defense lawyer than the moment on cross-examination when the prosecution’s key witness begins to sweat.  The witness gets that panicked or confused look in the eye and keeps glancing over… Read More

Disenchanted with Avvo

April 1, 2010
U.S. Capitol building

My niece attended her first baseball game when she was four or five years old. After the first inning or so, she announced that she was done with baseball. I am done with Avvo. As reflected on the ABA… Read More

Juvenile Court Forever

March 26, 2010
U.S. Capitol building

You watch him go.  You realize that, from his perspective, the future is nothing more than a quick visit with the judge, a bologna sandwich and coke for lunch, and then a trip back to the detention center to gather his things.  So yes, you think again, this time with more certainty, it will be for forever.

On Mirriam Seddiq and the “Not Guilty No Way” Blog

March 25, 2010

There are two fairly new criminal law blogs that have recently been given a lot of attention in the blawgosphere: Liberty and Justice for Y’All and Affirmative Links. In both cases the attention is deserved. Each blog is… Read More