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Attorney Sidebar: Appellate Judging and Philosophy of Law

To me, this is how an appellate judge should approach a case. Jurisprudence is a deeper thing than just a matter of logic and rules. The law is not about a bag of tricks, but a lot of lawyers think … Continue reading

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Attorney Sidebar: “Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.”

We have come along way on the power of storytelling since those early days when Trog told the clan of the chase and the kill of the lion;  but the tradition persists today.  Although it’s in our DNA and is … Continue reading

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Attorney Sidebar: Churchill with a kiss…. a kiss that Keeps It Super Simple

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. and Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. ~ Sir Winston … Continue reading

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Attorney Sidebar: On the Value of Primacy in Your Opening Statement

The psychological principle of primacy teaches us that people tend to believe the first explanation or impression they get on a topic. Accordingly, in a trial, jurors are most likely to believe the story they hear first (if they have … Continue reading

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Attorney Sidebar: The Dangers of Making Rulings Based on Political Means and not Constitutional Rule of Law

Political reasons have not the requisite certainty to afford rules of juridical [60 U.S. 393, 621] interpretation. They are different in different men. They are different in the same men at different times. And when a strict interpretation of the … Continue reading

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