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The Billable Hour and the Eternal Recurrence: A View on Work-Life "Balance" from a Young Lawyer (Not Me), Nietzsche, and the Ancients

By Joshua Jones

Committee cochair Joshua Jones discusses the Eternal Recurrence and how the idea can help young lawyers appreciate and take control of their careers.

Strategies for Tackling Trial Ready Regulators

By Nicola Paterson

Nicola Paterson discusses the "broken windows" strategy that the SEC currently uses and some of the potential best practices for your clients.

Federal Jurisdiction under the Exchange Act

By Jessie M. Gabriel

If there is no federal question, can federal courts still exercise jurisdiction over state securities law claims? Learn about the issues in Merrill Lynch v. Manning.

Drafting Your ESI Protocols: Dos and Don'ts

By Julie Firestone and Heidi Fessler

Julie Firestone and Heidi Fessler share their experience with ESI protocols and how to make them work for you and your client.

Two Thoughts on Witness Prep Taken from Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

By Joshua Jones

Is it ever acceptable for a witness to become upset on the stand? Joshua Jones explains that it depends on the witness.

Fee-Shifting Provisions: ATP Tour and Beyond

By Jessie Gabriel

Can corporations put shareholders on the hook for litigation expenses when the shareholder sues and loses? Jessie Gabriel discusses the ATP Tour decision and where the issue stands today.

Considerations When Class Certification Has Been Denied

By James Goldfarb

A defendant who defeats class certification then quickly settles may have won the battle but has lost the war. Learn practical considerations after class certification denial.

Dispelling E-Discovery Myths in Internal and Government Investigations

By Julie Firestone and Dan Supalla

FINRA arbitration cases have many unique rules and regulations. Listen to securities litigators Julie Firestone and Dan Supalla share their experience and knowledge on these special situations.

Rain-Making for Younger Attorneys: Don’t Forget Opportunities in Your Own Firm

By Paul McDonald

Listen as Paul McDonald, in-house counsel at Kraft Foods, Northfield, Illinois, and a leader in the ABA Section of Litigation, describe how younger attorneys can take advantage of opportunities within their own firms for client development.


Creating a New Culture of Civility in the Courtroom

By The Honorable John G. Koeltl

Listen as United States District Judge John Koeltl of the Southern District of New York makes the case for civility among lawyers, both before and during trial, as a way of not only making the practice of law more satisfying for lawyers, but also less costly for clients, and more focused for judges and juries. 

Keys to Conducting A Winning Deposition

By Ronald Jay Cohen

Listen to Ronald Jay Cohen former Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation and founding partner of the Phoenix law firm of Cohen Kennedy Dowd & Quigley as he highlights the ten keys that will lay the foundation for a successful deposition. 

Direct Examination

By JoAnne A. Epps

Hear Dean JoAnne Epps talk about direct examination and the importance of having a purpose, considering your audience and connecting to the proof. 

Effective Trial Themes

By Linda Listrom


What They Didn’t Teach You in Law School

By Nancy Degan


The Dos and Don'ts in Court

The Honorable Barbara Lynn


Secrets of Superstar Associates

By Carmelite Bertaut


How to Work With Your First Assistant

By Laura Bozzelli


The Curmudgeon on Legal Writing

By Mark Herrmann

How to Effectively Interview a Fact Witness

By Robert L. Rothman


Secrets of Opening Statements

By Paul Mark Sandler


How to Effectively Bill Your Time

By Daniel Van Horn
Roundtables »

audio In-House Counsel and Beyond

Maximize your professional growth and potential with in-house opportunities. (59:09)

audio Launching the Young Litigator: How to Develop an Effective Business Development Plan

This roundtable gives young litigators a framework from which they can build their own marketing and business development plan and track and measure their success. (57:53)

Litigation Podcast  »

Tweet, Tweet, You’re Fired

Although blogging and social networking may have benefits for companies, employers are beginning to take note of the legal risks of employee use of Web 2.0 technology.


Using Technology to Help Win the Trial and Appeal

Trial technology is evolving rapidly. Attorneys who wait to learn about it put themselves and their clients at a significant disadvantage.


Tips for Changing Jobs in the Current Market

Lawyers everywhere are dealing with layoffs and diminished job opportunities as a result of the current recession. In this episode of the Litigation podcast, Barbara Levenson, a veteran legal recruiter, offers some tips on navigating the current job market and asserts that job seekers still have options, albeit fewer ones.


Direct Examination: Ten Basic Tips for Young Trial Lawyers

You struggled through law school, passed the bar, and have begun your career as a litigator, with your eyes set on going to trial. What follows are some tips for direct examination of witnesses that should help young trial lawyers make their first entrance onto the trial stage.


13 Ways to Be a Better Lawyer

"Litigation is an art, not a science," says Steven Weiss in the latest episode of the ABA Section of Litigation podcast. Listen and learn several lessons to help you become an artist rather than a mere technician.


A Few Do's and Don'ts of Oral Argument

The ability to present outstanding oral arguments is vital to your success as a litigator. Learn the do’s and dont’s of effective oral arguments.


10 Proven Ways to Irritate a Judge

A judge's temperament depends on how the judge reacts to what happens in front of the bench. When something irritates the judge, does he or she stay objective and in control or turn moody and agitated? If you prefer not to learn the answer to this question, learn what judges often cite as potential sparks for a judicial meltdown.