Malcolm Gladwell wrote a great book titled Outliers. The book covered the careers of The Beatles , Bill Gates , and others. The premise of the book is that one does not become an expert until they do something over 10,000 hours. After 22 years of practicing criminal defense law, I still learn
What it Takes to be a Great Criminal Defense Lawyer
Books Law Students Should Read
I came across an article in the Washington Post by law professor Michael Krauss. The article is simply a list of books to read before you enter law school. It might also cover practicing lawyers since I have only read two of the books on the list. Lawyers get trapped into how they think about a case.
The Fourth R
The last R for trial lawyers is remember. Once you relax , rehearse , and react , you have to remember. Remember what happened , what worked , and what failed . Why do we want to remember ? Great trial lawyers don’t want to make the same mistake twice.
How do we remember ? We start…
The Third R
The Second R
In yesterday’s post , I talked about the first R which is to relax. The second R is rehearse . Coach Bosque spoke about thinking about the play before it happened and play in his mind what he was going to do with the baseball if it was hit to him. Preparing for a hearing…
The Four Rs’
During the break between Christmas and New Year’s , I took my son to a baseball camp in Cleveland , Tn. At the workout there are some college coaches around while they work on some baseball skills. We had a little time before we headed back to Nashville . So , I signed him up …
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take”
Wayne Gretzky was one of the best hockey players ever to put on skates. He had a great line which is the title to this post "You miss 100% of the shots you never take.’ That advice is very true for criminal defense lawyers. A criminal defense attorney must take the shot early and often.…
Qualities of Winners
I started reading James McElhaney’s Trial Notebook. Mr McElhaney has written over the years on litigation for the American Bar Association. Here is his list for the essential qualities of winning attorneys ;
- Want to help others.
- Need to right a wrong.
- Must maintain high ethical standards.
- A need to know everything.
- Need to
Lessons in Choosing Your Criminal Lawyer
A murder trial in Washington D.C. was the scene where a client made a poor choice in his attorney for his pending murder charge . Judge William Jackson relieved Joseph Rakofsky during the middle of the defendant’s murder trial. The judge made findings that the lawyer didn’t have a grasp of legal procedures . The last…
Knowledge Of The New DUI Laws In Tennessee
It saddens me to report most DUI lawyers in Nashville, Tennessee have no clue as to the new DUI laws in Tennessee. The 2010 Tennessee State Legislature enacted several tough DUI laws. I have been been posting blog posts on the topic .I was asked to present a talk on the subject by the Tennessee…