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Motion Practice #4: Oral Argument

Motion practice is the bread and butter of a law practice. The bulk of a courtroom lawyer’s life is spent arguing motions rather than presenting evidence at trial. While motion practice does not have the gravity of a final trial, motions more often influence ultimate outcomes. Many CLE programs emphasize trial skills for practitioners, but they rarely speak to this stepchild of trial advocacy. This article looks to fill that gap and provide insights into effective motion practice for family lawyers.

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Turning Obstacles Into Opportunity: The Stoic Lawyer

One of the ways I stay sane in the often insane world of family law is by studying Stoic philosophy daily. I was exposed to stoicism by reading Ryan Holiday’s great book, “The Obstacle is the Opportunity,” which is an extended essay on historical figures' reliance on Stoic principles to overcome adversity. I highly recommend it.

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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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