Sep 7, 2012

Negotiations: not leisure, but not that bad

In addition to the hard work of preparing yourself mentally, understanding your case and communicating with your client, negotiating effectively requires a complex set of skills as well as a healthy amount of common sense.

May 21, 2012

NAACP chief: Marriage equality is a civil right

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said Monday he hopes the group’s resolution supporting same-sex marriage will encourage blacks to support civil marriage equality as a civil right if the question is put to voters on the ballot in Maryland or other states. The civil rights group’s resolution was significant, as only 39 percent of blacks favor […]

Apr 5, 2012

What preschoolers can teach us about problem solving

At my daughter’s preschool, there are daily job assignments — Snack Helper, Line Leader and the always popular Feel Better Friend, who carries Skittles and Band-Aids during outside play for any child who gets hurt. My favorite job, however, is Problem Solver (or, as my daughter says, the “pwabluhm salvah”). This job asks a 3- […]

Mar 15, 2012

Getting to ‘No’

Roger Fisher and William Ury wrote a book over 30 years ago, “Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In“. Some of you may have seen, heard of, or have read the book, as it is used in college and law school classes to teach negotiation tactics and skills. The book focuses on the method […]

Jan 6, 2012

Planning your career one goal at a time

It’s that time of year again. You’ve made your personal New Year’s resolutions. But now, it is time to set some professional resolutions. I’m talking about career development goals. You may be required to develop or update a career development plan as part of your firm’s evaluation process. Some are part of a formal program, […]

Jun 20, 2011

Mayors in Baltimore pass resolution on war money

Mayors from across the United States passed a resolution Monday urging Congress to quickly end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and spend the money on domestic priorities. The mayors voted during the last day of an annual conference of mayors in Baltimore. The resolution says $126 billion is being spent each year on the […]

Jun 17, 2011

Military spending on the agenda as US mayors meet in Baltimore

Money spent on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq should be spent at home under a resolution proposed Friday by U.S. mayors who called on Congress to hasten the end of the wars. The resolution proposed at the opening of the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting wants Congress to redirect the military spending to domestic […]

Feb 22, 2011

Court wrangles with question of which pretrial motions toll the Speedy Trial clock?

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court wrangled Tuesday with the question of just what kind of pretrial motions stop the clock under the Speedy Trial Act, seeking to resolve a split in the federal circuits. Everywhere except the 6th U.S. Circuit, that clock stops running whenever a motion is filed and resumes only when the motion […]

Nov 4, 2010

Platt: Don’t rule out ADR for business cases

The courthouse of the future will have multiple doors and many methods of dispute resolution available behind them. In fact some of those doors may lead to locations outside the courthouse itself where disputes will be resolved with the assistance of technology and professionals from other disciplines besides the law. These disciplines may include medicine, […]

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