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Have laptop – will travel

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The lawyer’s phone rang. “Hold on,” he said as he answered. He left the bustle of the hotel lobby. “Yes?” The voice talked on the other end. “Tomorrow?” the lawyer asked. “Sure. I’ll be there by noon.” He hung up, slid his laptop into his bag, and started walking for the train station. Today’s mobile office Between depositions, meetings, conferences,…

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The exhibit’s the thing…

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“Playing from the witness’s deposition, page 33 lines 3-22. And while I wait for Mr. Defense to review it, I note that the exhibit referred to as Exhibit 3 is now plaintiff’s trial exhibit 32. It has also been admitted as defense exhibit J.” The lawyer looked over at the jury, who were taking detailed notes. Unbeknownst to him, the…

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Avoid the green ones – they’re not ripe yet: Mediations are all about timing

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The mediator came into the room, shutting the door behind her. She looked downcast. “The folks in the Red Company room are fighting with the folks in the Black Company room over whether the insurance coverage was properly tendered. And apparently there’s an excess carrier who has just heard about this yesterday. Why are you here right now?” “Because,” the…

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Portions of this trial were previously recorded: Using video depositions at trial

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The lawyer was cross-examining the defendant. “Just before your car struck my client, you were traveling 35 miles per hour.” “No. I had slowed to 10 miles per hour.” “Playing video from the defendant’s deposition, page 32, lines 5-14.” The lawyer waited for the defense counsel to confirm there was no objection. The lawyer then played the video. The same…

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A Child’s Eyes

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“Why is that man sleeping there?” We were hosting my four-year-old niece. She had been wanting a sleepover at her aunt and uncle’s house in the big city for some time. We had her over during Christmas. She lives in the suburbs. Nice place, the suburbs, but the suburbs don’t have the City’s bustle. Nor do they have the same…

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