The Tale of a Bad Case

This week I had a friend ask me to write about my worst legal experience. I immediately said NO. There have been a lot of gut-wrenching, nightmare making, soul searching cases that I choose not to relive. The more I thought about this; I did recall one I don’t mind sharing. I had been a […]

JURY SELECTION 101: THE OPENING

Do you want to seem like an expert at picking juries…even if it’s your first time in court? Below are 3 quick tips to coming across like a seasoned professional. I recently reported for jury duty, despite knowing with my time as a prosecutor, later as a defense attorney and teaching lawyers online nationally about […]

Lawyers: How to Win Cases with Storytelling

What captivates a jury more? Facts or stories? Developing a story for your trial will keep your jury engaged. This blog post will help you develop those beginning skills. Remember being a child and having your favorite book read to you by a parent? Or hearing someone tell a funny family story that is often […]

How to Detect a Liar

Let’s face it, everyone lies.¬†Fortunately, with a little practice, liars become easy to spot. These simple tips will help you not be deceived. Lies can run the spectrum from trying not to hurt someone’s feelings to toxic manipulation in work, life or love. Listen To What Is Being Said “Timmy, did you eat one of […]

Adding Drama to Public Speaking

Would you like to make a bigger impact when you give a speech? These tips will bring added interest and excitement to any presentation. Every time we talk, we use different tones of voice, gestures and body language. When it comes to public speaking, it’s no different. After determining what message you want to convey […]

Blogging for Suicide Prevention:Ode to a Friend

Four days ago I answered my phone and was greeted by the sound of weeping. The call was to notify me a friend and attorney colleague had died by suicide, and I was being contacted because she’d left a note for me to take over her cases. I’ve never lost anyone to suicide. Death isn’t […]

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and THE BLAME GAME

Recently, the media was in an uproar over the case of Ray Rice, the NFL Football player who knocked his wife, Janay, out with a punch to the head in an elevator. He’s been suspended. http://deadspin.com/heres-video-of-ray-rice-knocking-out-his-fiancee-in-an-1631864196 The front page of CNN.com has Janay making a statement that “To take something away from the man I […]

Prosecutors and Sex Crimes: What Year Are We In?

The #MeToo movement is beginning to change the way people understand crimes against women. Still, rape cases seem difficult to prosecute. But are they, or is it a systemic failure? The other day I was reading the Huffington Post and came across an article titled “Prosecutors Rarely Bring Charges in College Rape Cases.” It detailed […]

DEATH BY POWERPOINT

As a speaker, Toastmaster and public speaking/trial skills coach, I get to see lots of presentations. What’s the one thing that makes me want to put my head in my hands? POWERPOINT This product should come with a warning label: IF MISUSED WILL PUT AUDIENCES TO SLEEP OR MAKE THEM WANT TO DO VIOLENCE. Think […]

Adventures In Restraining Order Land

Recently I decided to go to court to watch civil harassment restraining order hearings before a judge I hadn’t appeared before. I have a case in front of him soon and wanted to see if his judicial temperament was ¬†reasoned jurist or screaming maniacal behemoth. A civil harassment order is something you obtain when someone […]