Aggressive Cross-Examination in the Jodi Arias Trial: Effective?

For the last several weeks, my evenings have been largely occupied with watching the Jodi Arias murder trial. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the case, the Arizona trial involves the brutal killing of a young man, Travis Alexander, in 2008. His former girlfriend, Jodi Arias, is charged with first degree murder and […]


Top 10 Legal TED Talks

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading and provides a clearinghouse of videos that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers. Although it started out as a conference that brought together technology, entertainment, and design, a few thoughtful law-related presentations made their way into the world-class library of what […]

Windows 8 For Lawyers : 5 Initial Thoughts

As a dutiful software geek, on Friday I couldn’t resist checking out Windows 8 on a touchscreen.   And as a Monty Python fanboy, I’m a big fan of the expression, “And now for something completely different.” That stodgy old software company in Redmond?  Well, who woulda thunk, but they served up exactly that with […]

A Lawyer's Thoughts on Neil Armstrong, Rocket Man

Guest Post by Marc Garfinkle, a New Jersey civil and criminal trial attorney and noted CLE speaker. It was in the late 1980s, and I was browsing an autograph dealer’s catalog in a colleague’s law office. An 8 x 10 signed photo of Diana Ross was being sold for the same price as an 8 […]

Midnight in Paris with Steve Jobs

Our normal Friday segment, the Legal Productivity App of the Week, is on hiatus to celebrate the man who brought us apps in the first place, Steve Jobs. I’m a big history nut, especially intellectual history. And like Woody Allen’s nostalgic characters in Midnight in Paris, I tend to romanticize the past and overlook the […]

Casey Anthony Not Guilty; Jury Still Out on Us

The criminal trial of the decade – at least so far – is now over.  When I heard that the jury had reached a verdict so quickly, I knew (well … I was pretty sure …) what was coming. It seems like a solid majority of the rest of the world wasn’t ready for it. […]

Summer Fashion Tips for Women Lawyers

Recently we featured an article titled “5 Summer Dressing Tips for Lawyers“. One of our readers, Cate Eranthe, pointed out that all the tips were for men. She offered to write a piece for women lawyers to round out our offering. Thanks Cate! Here in the San Francisco Bay Area the weather just went from […]

How Law Firms Can Commit to Victory Via Boats, Tattoos, and The Art of War

Down here in South Florida, we’re still licking our wounds after the Heat lost to Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Alas. 🙁 One thing is certain. Jason Terry, of the Mavs, certainly turned some heads with his prescient (some would say arrogant) bicep tattoo of the NBA’s championship trophy. Granted, Terry said he would remove […]