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Law Practice

Apr. 14, 2023

Things we have learned over the past year (or not)

The client, who is in custody or sitting by themselves at counsel table, starts to talk to the Court about their case, their feelings, their attorney, or whatever comes to their mind and ends up on their tongue. To which the attorney over the remote appearance platform will ask, “Your Honor, will you tell (or even order) my client to stop talking?” “Um, no.” It is not the Court’s obligation to control your client.

A little over a year ago, as we emerged from the COVID pandemic, I asked over 500 colleagues for input, advice, pet peeves, peccadilloes, and whatnots about "the dos and don'ts" for their courtroom. Things that counsel or self-represented litigants may have forgotten after the long hiatus and where gentle reminders from the Bench would help smooth the return to normalcy. Allegedly, time heals all wounds. So I thought I would follow up with my colleagues and ask them ...

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