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Lawyers aren't often known for their clarity and concision -- we paid good money to learn our Latin phrases, after all. We have also been known to fall for the specificity, if not clarity, of a few extra words every now and then. But, pair the somewhat obscure language of legal writing with the in-speak of certain professions, and you can end up with a virtually indecipherable mess.

Put more plainly, your writing will suck.

So much in fact, it's almost enough to get you sanctioned. After filing a jargon-laden petition for cert, a BigLaw partner narrowly avoided that fate last week. Just how far did he have to go to nearly receive the wrath of a High Court's sanction?

Normally, a defense attorney's strategy is to claim his client didn't do it. But extraordinary cases call for extraordinary measures. On day one of the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, the defense conceded that Tsarnaev helped plant the bomb that killed three and injured over 260 back in 2013.

From the very beginning, though, the Tsarnaev team's strategy has been to look ahead to the sentencing phase by planting the seeds of that argument here in the guilt phase.

You may make a great first impression on your potential clients, what kind of impression does your law office make?

If your office looks like every other lawyer's office, your potential clients could be underwhelmed. Everybody has seen the diplomas on the wall, the fake potted plants, and the bookcases filled with law books that nobody ever touches.

Instead, dress your law office for success and make a great first impression with these five tips:

You know, you'd think that lawyers would have learned by now: Don't ask a question unless you're sure of the answer. Then again, a silly answer might be just what you were hoping for.

Robin Thicke, the vanguard of our proud nation's rich cultural traditions, preemptively sued the estate of Marvin Gaye to ward off claims that Thicke plagiarized elements of Gaye's 1977 "Got to Give It Up" in Thicke's hit song "Blurred Lines."

The Hollywood Reporter reported Monday on what Thicke had to say about the alleged infringement at a deposition. Here are a few lessons for lawyers:

6 Ways to Blow Your Closing With an Improper Argument

There are many ways to mess up a closing statement in a criminal case with an improper argument, and as you might imagine, we've seen plenty of 'em in our coverage of appellate decisions in state and federal appeals courts. Arguments on race, sexual orientation, emotion, or improper credibility arguments all surface repeatedly, though they are easily avoided.

Will they cost you a conviction? Maybe, maybe not. In each of these cases, the defendant was tasked with showing prejudice after the fact -- a task that is easier said than done.

Still, you can avoid having your conviction reviewed on appeal and you increase the chances of a fair trial if you avoid these six improper arguments:

So you've decided to "hang your shingle" (oh, do I hate that phrase). Being a solo practitioner, by definition, is a solitary affair. That seems obvious from the word "solo," but it's solitary in a metaphysical sense, too.

If you're part of a firm, you can bounce ideas off others, take a break to discuss non-legal happenings, and you know that you can always rely on someone else if you have to. Solos don't have any of that, which means they more than anyone else need to get out there and network.

So how do solos network? Here are three suggestions that may work for you:

Take a Look At All Our Free Mini Guides -- For Lawyers And Clients

Providing free and helpful information is kind of our thing -- blogs, cases, codes, and practice guides for lawyers, Learn About the Law and blogs for consumers, etc. But you don't always want to read online articles, or print out blog posts. And sometimes, you want a more comprehensive approach to a topic than 400 words of snark-filled brilliance. (Dusts off shoulders.)

That's why we have Mini Guides. Each of these free little e-books contains an in-depth discussion on a single topic. For lawyers, we talk about social media use, malpractice insurance, negotiating liens, etc. We also cover consumer topics for your clients, the list of which would fill my word count, and might lull you in to a deep sleep.

Here's the rundown:

Who doesn't want to be on TV? It is a chance to be famous, even if only for your 15 minutes, and it's a great chance to market your skills and that of your firm. But, if you're going to be interviewed for a TV news story (especially on national TV), there's a chance the interview will be conducted via speakerphone. So how do speakerphone interviews work, and how can lawyers prepare for them?

For a speakerphone interview, a cameraperson (and sometimes an audio technician) will record your on-camera responses, but the reporter won't be there in person. Instead, the reporter (or a producer) will ask you questions via speakerphone, so he or she doesn't even have to leave the office.

For lawyers, being interviewed on TV may seem like a piece of cake. After all, you've interviewed clients and grilled hostile witnesses, so you know how to handle yourself, right? But from a former TV news producer's perspective (this blogger used to be one), there are many things a lawyer can do to make or break a recorded TV news interview.

We've come up with 10 tips for lawyers to keep in mind when being interviewed for TV. Today we'll cover the first five tips, which apply to TV interviews in general:

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Dressing For the Jury -- It's More Complicated Than You Think

Dressing your client for a jury is more complicated that it might seem. Blanket advice, such as "have your client wear glasses," is supported by research for some cases, but not for others, for some types of clients, but not for others.

The best way to decide how to dress your client for a jury is to hire a jury consultant and work with at least one focus group. At the other end of the spectrum, the least you can do is find an organization such as Friends Outside to provide your in-custody criminal defendant with civilian clothes so he doesn't have to appear wearing a prison uniform.

Here are a few quick tips on dressing a client for the jury.