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The big winner this election cycle wasn't just Donald Trump. It was recreational, legalized marijuana. (Okay, sort of legalized. The federal government, of course, continues to classify marijuana as an illegal drug. More on that in a minute.) Voters in California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and possibly Maine all voted to legalize recreational marijuana use. That means that now one out of every five Americans lives in a state where recreational weed is legal or is about to become legal.

So, what's that mean to you as a lawyer?

Where do you go when you have a question about the law or practice? To FindLaw's legal professional blogs, of course! But aside from blogs, some of the best advice you can get will often come from your colleagues -- the expert down the hall, if you will.

It's those conversations that are the inspiration for a new podcast, "Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall With Practical Law." (Disclosure: Thomson Reuters is FindLaw's parent company.) "Down the Hall" tries to recreate that informal expertise sharing -- except you don't need a hall or your own experts. Just a few minutes and a pair of headphones will do.

Lars Aanning has a warning: When it comes to medical malpractice claims, don't expect doctors to testify honestly against each other. "In essence, no supporting testimony from a defendant physician's colleagues can ever be deemed trustworthy, truthful or true -- because those colleagues have essentially sworn an oath of loyalty to each other," he writes.

Aanning should know, as he's done it himself. A surgeon in South Dakota, he says that he lied on the stand in a medical malpractice trial almost two decades ago and that doctors feel intense pressure to protect their colleagues from lawsuits, even if it means breaking their professional oaths.

Impatient Millennials can't wait for anything -- and they're certainly not going to wait to get through a six pack of Zima before heading out to a college party. Hence "butt chugging," the concerning practice of consuming alcohol or other drugs rectally, where they can be quickly absorbed into the blood stream.

The days of drinking with your mouth are over, Gramps. Today, sadly, butt chugging is a thing that lawyers need to know about.

If you've got a mountain of work to get through, don't put your head down and start powering through it. Instead, take a break.

Stopping to check Facebook, read a blog, or go on a walk can actually improve your ability to get things done, helping you address tasks with greater focus when you come back to them.

Even the smartest, most well-prepared lawyers can be betrayed by their body language. A shaky hand can undermine the most confident speech and a slouching posture can make the hardest working attorney look lazy. That's because your body language can often say as much about you as your words, whether you realize it or not.

So don't let body language sabotage you. Here are five body language mistakes to avoid.

Are you a disciple of the footnote, always ready to drop a superscript 1 or 5 where a "see id., at 20372, 20379, 51924, 51951, 51958" could go? Think that in text citations destroy the flow of your writing and distract the reader? Well, you've got plenty of lawyers on your side, including the guru of legal writing and style, Bryan Garner.

But not everyone is a fan of the footnote. Judge James Bredar (D. Md.) recently threatened to toss a party's pleadings after their attorneys decided footnotes were the best place for citations.

You should use notes during a trial. After all, you don't want to forget an important issue or lose track of your train of thought.

But don't let notes become your crutch. If you're looking down at your notes every few seconds, you're doing it wrong.

The fight over worker status (Is she really a contractor? Is he an employee?) has become an increasingly common legal battle in the past years. The rise of the "gig economy" means that more and more people are working, at least nominally, as independent contractors or under other alternative employment arrangements. In 2005, the last time the Bureau of Labor Statistics collected data on the subject, seven percent of workers were independent contractors. In the more than 10 years that have followed, it's safe to say that the percentage has increased dramatically.

But even though a worker might be called a contractor by name, that doesn't mean she is a contractor, in the eyes of the law. A host of high profile class action lawsuits have recently asserted that thousands of "independent contractors" are actually employees, entitled to the benefits of any other employee. So what sets the two apart and how can you properly advise your clients on contractor-employee classification issues?

If you haven't been near a public school in the last few years, you may have missed out on one of the biggest public policy battles of the past decade: Common Core education standards. The Common Core State Standards Initiative seeks to set out a single, comprehensive set of standards of what every student should know in English and math in every grade, from Kindergarten to the senior year of high school. They've been adopted in 42 of the 50 states, but they face stiff resistance from some teachers and parents who reject the new standards and the increase in standardized testing that accompanies them.

But Common Core isn't just about education, testing, and college readiness -- it's also about the role of federal and local governments in education and, ultimately, about the law itself.