When you’re arguing before a judge who’s in a hurry, risk being thrown out of court. Persistence pays. Take all the time you need to make your case, and don’t let a judge’s impatience dissuade you. You’re not a lawyer, and you don’t have to act like one.
The right to counsel has come to New York City’s Housing Court, where 90% of tenants face eviction without a lawyer. The city will spend more than $90 million each year to ensure a small measure of fairness in these proceedings. Let’s pray the whole country follows suit.
What’s happening in the world of litigation? Sanctuary cities have good legal grounds for protecting immigrants. Melania Trump has sued a newspaper for libel, but the damages may be overblown. And the media got it all wrong on that McDonald’s hot-coffee lawsuit.
There are few things more delightful than watching self-represented defendants handle plaintiff’s lawyers and the judges who love them. For good reasons, a court reporter is almost always present when that happens. It’s a rare joy, but I got to see it twice last month.
A party seeking equity must come to court with “clean hands”. Makes sense, right? You go to court seeking justice for a wrong someone’s done to you. But when you’ve done something foul yourself, don’t ask a court to help you gain from it.