Life Lesson Learned in 4th Grade

It was my fourth grade teacher, Ms. Gooden, who first showed me the word “assume” hyphenated. It’s something we’ve all heard before – Never “Assume” because it makes an ASS out of U and ME. After the grade school giggling had subsided, I learned two important lessons that day. First, I would never misspell the word “assume” again. Second, I would never assume something was fact in fear of making an ASS out of U and ME (mostly ME). I was recently reminded of this little nugget while supporting a trial in the rural town of Zapata, TX.  … Read the rest

I’m a Lawyer, should I get an iPhone? | Part One

After getting involved in a “Blackberry versus iPhone” thread on LinkedIn, I thought it might make sense to write a series of posts about my experience transitioning to the iPhone after being a Blackberry user for as long as they’ve existed.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive comparison of every feature.  If you want that, there are lots of reviews out there.  I also realize that these aren’t the only two options.  Android is starting to become a player, and you’ve also got your Palm Pre and what not, but most lawyers I know use a Blackberry, and  … Read the rest

Becoming slightly detached.

Email is a great thing. It’s tried and true, and I couldn’t live without it. Despite Google’s claim that Google Wave will make email obsolete, I think it’s safe to say that it will be around for a while. All of that being said, it does have its limitations.

I recently received a case-related email with over 100 individual photos attached. It nearly brought Thunderbird to its knees – and I can only imagine the hacking, wheezing, coughing and choking that would have occurred in Outlook. I even had trouble accessing the files via a webmail interface. Frankly, I was  … Read the rest

Hey wow! A virtual CD. Just what I never wanted.

For anyone taking data back and forth to court, there is very little argument that the little USB powered drives that now hold up to 1TB are the greatest thing to happen since McDonalds slapped an extra piece of bread in the middle of a double cheeseburger and poured Thousand Island dressing on it.  Being able to palm the entire document, demonstrative and video population for a huge trial is a dream come true.

For whatever reason, the manufacturers of these drives have decided since there is a 100% positive reaction from consumers to crapware on PCs, that they’d load  … Read the rest

A Courtroom Tech Tale: Advantages of Shooting for the Middle

This is a little story written as the printed material accompanying a presentation on effective use of technology at trial for the DRI Annual Conference in October, 2009.  It is obviously tongue-in-cheek, and written primarily with entertainment value in mind, but hopefully you find that it articulates some solid points.  Thanks for reading.

Smell that?

I love the scent of legal pads and dry-cleaned suits in the morning.  Smells like … favorable verdict. (Or, at a minimum, an agreed-upon resolution satisfying both parties and disposing of the matter).

It’s a lovely autumn morning and nothing symbolizes the start of litigation  … Read the rest

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