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Notes on the
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Notes on the Practice of Law

In honor of the 209th birthday of the great Illinois lawyer and President, here are Mr. Lincoln’s notes found by his secretaries, Hay and Nicolay, after his death. These notes are thought to have been written in 1850. Despite his modesty, this great lawyer’s advice on the practice demonstrates that good ethics, integrity, and honor in the practice are timeless.

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Motion #3: Responding to Opposing Party Motions

In contested litigation, there is the regular cut and thrust of motion practice. Many motions are routine and administrative. Others are dispositive. We spend substantial time evaluating the cost/benefits of our motions but little time evaluating proper responses to our adversaries advances. While it is prudent to consider the outcome and consequences of any motions we file, it is counterproductive to ruminate on the consequences of the opposing parties’ motions. Instead of brooding about a possible negative result, get to work!

About the author


Steven N.Peskind

Principal Attorney

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.


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