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Miles B. Cooper

5.7 Give Me A Break

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Evaluating bicycle product-liability cases involving carbon-fiber parts The lawyer looked at the images. Some showed various angles of a broken bicycle fork. Others depicted the client’s damaged face. One didn’t need a radiologist to recognize the orbital fractures. As the lawyer enhanced the fork image, the obvious question arose. Did the fork snap, causing the crash? Or did the client...
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20.2 This Is The End

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Concluding client representation at the end of a case; make it worthwhile for you and your client The lawyer was looking forward to the next item on the day’s calendar, a client-exit interview. These calls were set after the formalities of the case were concluded. “Pat,” the lawyer started out, “Thanks for making some time today. As I understand things,...
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7.1 Pre-Party

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Settlement efforts before filing suit are worth the effort The lawyer’s phone buzzed. “The new adjuster in the Jane Doe case is on the other line.” The lawyer asked that the call get put through. It became apparent the out-of-state adjuster was unaware of California’s Vehicle Code section 22517, known in bicycling circles as the dooring law. The lawyer asked,...
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11.6 Admit Nothing

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Practical and tactical use of requests for admissions The lawyer read through the defendant’s responses to requests for admissions. Surprise, surprise – nary a straight admission nor denial. And a flurry of “calls for a legal conclusion,” and “calls for expert opinion,” objections. Totally inappropriate, and totally expected. Admissions are frightening – admit it and the answer cannot be changed...
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15.5.3 Settle In

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Mediations succeed when clients know what to expect before they go The lawyer and client spoke about the upcoming mediation. The client understood things, up to a point. “I get it. So the mediator goes back and forth, and tries to get us to agree to some number to settle?” The lawyer confirmed. “And if we can’t agree, this retired...
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1.7 Strained Relationships

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Rapport building with clients, counsel, and co-workers in socially distant times The lawyers sat at the dinner table with their children. “How are you liking Zoom karate?” one of them asked. Their eight-year-old told them karate was fine, but he missed his friends. The lawyer followed up, “You see them during class, don’t you?” “Yes,” the child said, “But it’s...
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21.5 Future Shock

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The future is not ours if we do nothing to safeguard it The former lawyer looked out past the grimy tent flap fluttering in the wind. A keening arose a few structures over – another shantytown resident hadn’t made it through the night. Starvation? The disease? The lack of desire to go on? Who knew. So much death in the...
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17.6.1 Selective Service

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The pandemic and the jury trial: Are they contradictions in terms? The lawyer, on Zoom, listened to the judge at a status conference in an ongoing complex fire case. “Listen, I’m going to be direct. The criminal case backlog – and I’m talking no time waiver and murder cases – is overwhelming. When it comes to picking a jury, well,...
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1.1.7 Enough Stuart Smalley

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Nuts and bolts practice management during a pandemic The lawyer apologized to the others on the call about the background noise. One of the lawyer’s children had a question that JUST COULD NOT WAIT (despite being asked to leave the lawyer alone during the call). Because the child was six…and stuck at home…and these were interesting times. Fortunately, the lawyer...
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1.1.10 Going Viral

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Get out of your pajamas and seize the opportunities presented by the pandemic to move cases along The lawyer attempted to process the changes that had occurred over the last few days. The office had closed, and everyone now worked from home. The courts had closed, and who knew what the trial backlog would look like when they reopened. Depositions...
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