Don’t you hate it when the opposing lawyer sends you a court order he wrote himself and got the judge to sign? Now you can do the same. Writing a proposed order is easy; getting a judge to sign it is the hard part. But it can be done with a few facts and the right law.
The only excuse for dying with $80 million and no will is that you’re under 35 and the parachute didn’t open at 1,000 feet. Aretha Franklin had no excuse. And it’s none of your business. Just don’t let this happen to you and those you leave to grieve.
A detective, a prosecutor and a judge teamed up to frame and imprison Isaac Wright, Jr. No doubt it was the worst mistake of their lives. He showed them how the law should work, and then became a lawyer to help others do the same. His story is a lesson in dragon slaying.
To be fair, some lawyers are doing good work to deliver access to justice for all. But the profession as a whole is not. That’s not surprising when you consider the first duty of a lawyer is to fight for a client’s interest above the interests of others.
When a gunman fired hundreds of rounds at festival attendees outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, every lawyer in the country knew negligence and lax security would be key elements of any class action lawsuit. With hundreds of state lawsuits pending, the owner of both the hotel and the festival venue has sued more than 1000 victims in federal court to avoid liability for the attack. And because the law is not about justice, they just might win.
Is there a ‘one size fits all’ process for developing a litigation strategy in a civil case? Probably not, but we can start one for our own cases by answering a few key questions at each step in a case. We outline those questions in this first of a three-part series on analyzing a civil case.
How many citations did the opposing lawyer include in that last filing? Did you study each one and look for conflicting case law to sway the judge back to your view? Or did you assume you couldn’t match the lawyer’s research skills and throw yourself on the mercy of the court? A new study says you shouldn’t be so intimidated by a lawyer’s citations. It turns out lawyers overlook relevant legal authorities all the time. And if you find the authorities they’ve missed, you can run away with your case.
In the bad old days before the Civil Rights Movement, racist White people felt perfectly fine harassing Black people directly, assured that police would support them if needed. I suppose it’s a sign of progress that they now prefer to call police to do their dirty work. But it has to stop. Lawsuits for intentional infliction of emotional distress could be used to make them stop.
When you represent yourself in court, there are many things to worry about the day before trial. But if you haven’t prepared for trial at this point, it’s probably too late. Here’s a strategy for planning the trial as soon as your case begins. It’s the best way to get a good night’s sleep on the eve of trial.
Your response is due in two days. How long will you stare at that blank page? Writer’s block hits pro se litigants more often than not. There’s anxiety about the case, intimidation from opposing lawyers and fear of presenting your argument at the hearing, all combined with the pressure of a deadline. It’s a wonder we ever get anything filed. Here’s a quick and dirty trick to get past writer’s block when you’re drafting a legal document without legal training.