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5 Secrets For Giving Great Depositions

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 A deposition is a pre-trial oral testimony. Although it is pre-trial, it is still taken under oath and the testimony can be used in court. If you are currently involved in a legal battle, it is important to understand that the deposition can be vital in reaching a verdict and should be taken very seriously. Deposition can prove very useful to the opposing counsel, so being prepared for your testimony and knowing what to expect is very important. 

Always tell the truth.
• Since this testimony is still being given under oath, it is necessary to make sure you are not lying or omitting the truth at any point. 

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Future of the Profession

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We were pleased to see our principal attorney written up in the newest issue of the Chicago Lawyer magazine.  The article, out this week, was written by Roy Strom, gives an excellent overview of the CBA’s efforts to enhance the future of the profession.  Our favorite quote? “A law degree is like radioactive material.  It has a half-life when its not being used.”

  

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Chicago’s Latest Snow Storm Has Claimed the Lives of Over a Dozen People

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This past snow storm, recorded as the fifth largest snowfall in Chicago’s history took the lives of over 12 people in shoveling accidents. A Cook County medical examiner concluded that the deaths of 12 men and 1 woman were related to the strain of shoveling snow. Of the 12 men, 3 collapsed in the snow and had a heart attack.

Shoveling snow is a task people typically don’t enjoy for a number of undesirable reasons. Most of the time we look at the task as something we don’t want to do instead of a task we should not do. If you are above the age of 40, you should not shovel snow for you own safety.

 

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Social Media and Personal Injury Claims

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Social media has changed the way that we interact and communicate with each other, as well as impacted the kind of personal information that is available to the public.  Seventy-two percent of internet users are active on social media, Facebook has more than 1.15 billion users, Twitter has more than 550 million users, and about two billion videos are viewed daily on YouTube.  As our reliance on social media increases, lawyers and investigators continue to use social media networks to inform their personal injury cases.

In personal injury cases, various factors impact liability and damages including the causes of the accident, severity of the injuries, and how the injuries impact the plaintiff’s life. 

 

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The Death of BigLaw

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Dahlia Saper over at Saper Law just sent me this fascinating article from The New Republic.  You can get it here.

The author, Mr. Naom Scheiber, does a nice job describing some of the market inefficiencies that have resulted in a very difficult legal market for young lawyers.  As a small “boutique” law firm, the Sharks are very much aware of the competitive legal market.

More interesting, however, is the way this new economy is impacting so-called “biglaw” – firms with over 500 attorneys. Traditionally, these firms have charged extremely high hourly fees with little or no reason to compete on price. 

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