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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.

Two rules make up the bedrock of pretty much any basic writing instruction: know the difference between your and you're, and don't use passive voice. Passive voice is one of the main literary bogeymen, despised by grade school English teachers and law school writing professors alike.

But there are plenty of times when the passive tense is the perfect choice, particularly in legal writing. Here's why.

If you're looking for a new date night restaurant, you probably check out online reviews. If you're considering buying a new couch, you'd be smart to find out what other couch buyers have to say about it first.

When it comes to finding lawyers, clients are increasingly turning to online reviews to discover and evaluate attorneys. And being reviewed online is becoming increasingly important. According to a new survey by FindLaw's Lawyer Marketing, two-thirds of consumers would be more likely to hire a lawyer with online reviews.

Forget Siblings Day, Bat Appreciation Day, and even Arbor Day. Tomorrow, Tuesday the 12th, we celebrate April's best holiday: Be Kind to Lawyers Day. So stop complaining about your boss, your colleagues, or your spouses' divorce attorney -- for a day, at least.

If you're looking for a way to express your attorney appreciation, we've got you covered. Here are five great gifts for the attorneys in your life.

If you've got a question about managing your practice, if you're looking to explore a new area of law, or if you're just curious about the latest legal developments, well, you're in luck. There are literally thousands of resources available. (Look, you're reading one!) But with all the blogs, websites, and online resources available, it's still sometimes nice to have a real, solid book to line your shelves.

Here are some practice guides that could make a helpful addition to your legal library, all from our friends over at Thomson Reuters' Aspatore. (Disclosure: Aspatore is one of FindLaw's sister companies.)