I have begun reading Plain English for Lawyers. The first chapter gives the reader motivation to continue reading by sharing a story of a judge who orders a hole to be cut in a 177 page legal document. The responsible lawyer then had to wear it around his head as punishment. How humiliating.
Impunity means exemption from a law or punishment.
This has been a terrible week for Washington & Lee Law. They dropped a massive 17 points in the U.S. News law school rankings. They went from the 26th ranked law school to the 43rd. The timing of this change is awful or helpful (depending on who you are), because seat deposit deadlines are rapidly approaching.
The Airey family was in the market for a soft and cuddly dog. After a two day search that included only Internet postings, they found a canine that interested them. The pictures showed a brown and fluffy dog. The Airey family called up the owners of the animal.
“Success in public speaking rests in proper preparation, rehearsal, keeping some key delivery tips in mind, and, most important, adjusting the movie that runs through our heads that keeps trying to tell us over and over just how terrible the experience is going to be. Nothing can be further from the truth; we just have to make the shift internally. Simply put, for most people who fear public speaking, the resolution rests in their own minds. It is within their power to change.
An attorney who would never dream of walking into court shaky on any point of fact or law about her case is remarkably the same lawyer who walks into that same courtroom, and, in that same case, is shaky about the expected performance of one or more of the witnesses. The simple truth is that lawyers do not take the time necessary to prepare their clients and witnesses to testify.Paul M. Lisnek, The Art of Lawyering
A way to understand how people react when they are agreeing or disagreeing is to ask them simple yes or no questions. Observe what physical cues they exhibit and take note.
Prima facie is a latin word that translates to mean at first appearance.