Do lawyers need different listening skills depending on their area of practice? I recently posed this question to an attorney with experience as a prosecutor and white-collar defense attorney, as well as civil practice in a highly regulated area. This attorney described different listening challenges in civil versus criminal practice: On the civil side, when … Continue reading Is listening different for civil vs. criminal lawyers?
Do you remember the first oral argument you ever saw? The first real trial? First mediation? First negotiation? First plea deal? First closing? These firsts are hard to forget. They can be pure sensory overloads: the defendant comes in wearing orange, the state puts on its case and the defense tries to poke holes and … Continue reading Listening the first time
Prawfsblawg has a thoughtful post by Mehrsa Baradaran about “Teaching While Woman.” Professor Baradaran thoughtfully and honestly describes her struggles and ultimate success learning classroom management as a new law professor. She shares advice she received from other young women professors including women of color dealing with what seem like disproportionately frequent challenges to their classroom … Continue reading Loaded questions in the law school classroom
Listen Like a Lawyer has been on hiatus during a busy time for first-year legal writing students and professors. As the students wrote and finalized their first appellate briefs, I located my own old 1L appellate brief. Even without the 1996 date, the blue paper and Courier font are like a voice from the past. … Continue reading Listening to your 1L voice