“Listening” to the legal job market

"Listening" on social media is not really listening (which requires spoken or nonverbal input) -- but it's an essential skill for lawyers and law students nonetheless. Practicing lawyers can use social media to understand more about their clients and competition, as legal marketing and social media expert Nancy Myrland discusses here. Listening to social media is valuable … Continue reading “Listening” to the legal job market

Not thinking like a lawyer

I went to meet the listening professors (Debra Worthington and Margaret Fitch-Hauser) expecting deep theory. And they did give some, using words like "psychometric" and reflecting on the history of the listening field. But their practical work in trial consulting was where our experiences and vocabularies overlapped a lot more, and where our most interesting … Continue reading Not thinking like a lawyer

Listening to the listening professors

This week I am excited for the opportunity to meet with two big names in the listening field, Debra L. Worthington and Margaret Fitch-Hauser. They are communication professors at Auburn University and, among many other papers, are co-authors of a 2012 textbook, Listening: Processes, Functions, and Competency. Professor Worthington has studied persuasion and juror decision-making and, … Continue reading Listening to the listening professors

Listening, legal writing, and legal reading: there’s an app for that

One theme of this blog tilts toward the Luddite: let's put down our phones, look into one another's eyes, and really listen, and listen some more. But another theme is to stop worrying and learn to love the technology/internet/digital life etc. Want to be a great listener and a great lawyer? There's an app for … Continue reading Listening, legal writing, and legal reading: there’s an app for that