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Sybil Procedure

Feb 21, 2019

Sybil Procedure: Snobbism in law: What school did you go to?

The ranking of your law school does not correlate to how good a lawyer you are at all. So why do so many lawyers care about it?

Jan 24, 2019

Sybil Procedure: The ethics of subliminal messaging

An experiment conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder, published in Science, found that “participants who briefly held a cup of hot (versus iced) coffee judged a target person as having a ‘warmer’ personality (generous, caring).”

Dec 24, 2018

Sybil Procedure: Depositions: Taking control of the conversation

A growing body of research shows resisting repeated temptations takes a mental toll.

Nov 27, 2018

Sybil Procedure: What really matters: colleagues and community

The late University of Maryland sociologist Morris Rosenberg used the word “mattering” to describe our need to believe “that we count in others’ lives, loom large in their thoughts, make a difference to them.”

Oct 18, 2018

Sybil Procedure: Job interview: Think big smile, firm handshake

A few years ago, I was taking a deposition of a third-party witness in Indiana. I had never met opposing counsel before. I had never met the witness. I arrived early (as is my style) and met the court reporter. When my opposing counsel entered the room (late), he immediately took up all the space ...

Sep 20, 2018

Sybil Procedure: An Ode to Work Spouses

Your work spouse is the person who has your back, no matter what.

Aug 27, 2018

Sybil Procedure: Out of the office – sort of

Three in five U.S. workers who take vacations admit to doing work while on the vacation.

Jul 23, 2018

Sybil Procedure: Removing yourself from the adversarial narrative

‘I don’t want to win my divorce’

Jun 26, 2018

Sybil Procedure: Considerations before pushing the send key

The average worker sends and receives about 140 emails per day. And lawyers, of course, are above average.

May 29, 2018

Sybil Procedure: For the best brief, get some sleep and some help

A list of best practices for writing briefs.

Apr 23, 2018

Sybil Procedure: Writer’s block? Take a walk

I’ve been writing this column for more than five years now. And I occasionally receive questions, praise, and (yes) even criticism, about columns that I’ve written. But the most frequent inquiry is how I avoid writer’s block.

Mar 26, 2018

Sybil Procedure: The Aristotelian ethics of good legal writing

Aristotle teaches us that words can persuade in three ways.

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