Folks who know me well know I enjoy teaching new lawyers. Given the frequent procedural, ethical and strategic questions such lawyers bring to me, I decided to try to formalize the process. Thus, August 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., I am going to host a “class” for such newbies at my office. If it goes well, the intent would be to do something similar the second or third Thursday of every month. This “school” is free and is open to anyone who meets the following three criteria: self-employed, of counsel or marginally employed; practices family law in tri-county area; licensed under three years. Attendees can ask me questions regarding family law or appellate case strategy and procedure, attorney-client relations, attorney-attorney relations and rules of professional conduct, and I will try to cite rules and case law when I can.
Four ground rules
1. Don’t mention client names when asking questions
2. Don’t conflict me out if the other side later wants to retain me
3. Be prepared to offer your own suggestions to your colleagues if you have had similar experiences/problems
4. If you are asking questions about a case and opposing counsel is also present, let me know so that I can make sure opposing counsel doesn’t object to my answering
Within those constraints, the goal is simply to assist new lawyers in becoming better lawyers. Anyone who plans on attending should email me so that I can make sure we have enough room.