What does it mean to think like a lawyer? On Simple Justice, criminal-defense lawyer Scott Greenfield took on this question for the benefit of a curious software engineer who asked. I recommend this post to new law students who also want to know, and to lawyers who are willing to reflect on what they do. In the … Continue reading Just another balancing test?
A friend recently sent me a nice compliment about the blog. She works in sales and marketing (not within the legal industry) and said she’s finding the listening skills discussed here very useful for communicating with both “internal and external customers.” The focus on “internal and external customers" (or clients) caught my particular attention. Of course … Continue reading Listening to internal and external clients
Listen Like a Lawyer now has two candidates for a (hypothetical) Very Challenging Book Club: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, previously discussed here; and Zia Haider Rahman's In the Light of What We Know (2014). I chose Rahman's novel for a reading challenge this summer and have not been disappointed -- although I'm not quite finished with … Continue reading Summer reading
New law students file into their first law school class, take a seat, and mentally prepare themselves. The reading has been long and difficult. Now it’s time for class, where everyone can sit back and soak in the professor’s brilliance while all the confusion is clarified. Uh, no. The first reading assignments in law school … Continue reading Listening 101 for law students