I read a tweet from Zen Fi that made me chuckle, “Our ancestors went through wars, famines, and disasters, and all we are asked to do is wash our hands, sit our asses down and watch Netflix.” It puts things into perspective.
What is the successful lawyer?
What is the value of an opening statement to a trial judge who has lived with your case, and knows the issues and facts before the trial begins? The value lies in giving the judge an overview of the case from a thematic perspective so that the judge can understand the evidence through that lens.
I came across this great quote by George Gopen in the Winter edition of Litigation, “Writing is part and parcel of the thinking process.” You think in order to write; you read what you have written to judge what it is you have thought, and that leads you back to thinking. ‘How do I know what I mean until I see what I say.’
To be successful, a lawyer must have insight into the whole human catastrophe and be able to effectively traverse the legal system. It is the intersection of these two disciplines that fascinate me. I have been a lifelong student of both human nature and the law, and have created this blog to help others following my path.
Be the first to get notified of new posts and insider tips.