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Lawyers ISO Hands-On Skills

With the number of trials rapidly declining, a new generation of law firm attorneys are desperate to acquire time in court. And as this  article, Few Chances to Develop Trial Skills (Boston Globe 11/29/06), reports, the Boston Bar Association has taken steps to address this problem. From the article:

Earlier this month, [the Boston Bar Association] expanded its "lawyer-for-the-day" program at Boston Housing Court, in which attorneys give free legal advice to tenants and landlords, to include having lawyers try cases in court. The change is designed not only to help low-income litigants, but also to let trial-starved lawyers connect with a jury, relate to a judge, and develop other trial skills mastered only through real-life practice.

It's not just law firm litigators who take advantage of the program. The article notes that in-house attorneys at insurance companies are also participating to develop skills -- such as thinking fast or coming up with well-crafted questions -- that are transferable  to all aspects of legal practice.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on November 30, 2006 at 04:11 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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