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As a lawyer, you know the power of persuasion, whether you are trying to persuade a judge or jury, a client, or a party you are negotiating with. We recently came across an article in Inc., written for business people, about seven things persuasive people do, and thought we would tailor it for attorneys.

After all, you can never be too persuasive, right?

Here are three tips to help you become a more persuasive attorney:

Rap is a boastful and often fictional genre.

Rick Ross built an entire career on his past as a drug dealer, a false identity appropriated from an inmate, and which was recently labeled by an appeals court as "fair use."

Heck, the most "gangster" rapper of all time, Tupac, attended a ballet school before he adopted his "Thug Life" persona and became a rap legend.

The genre glorifies violence and gang affiliations, necessitating the above rappers' curation of a darker persona. Hyperbole and violence is the recipe for most successful rap songs, which makes it worrisome that prosecutors are increasingly turning to rap music as evidence of criminal conduct.

Around these parts there is a wonderfully talented and very pretty female lawyer who is in her late twenties. She is brilliant, she writes well, she speaks eloquently, she is zealous but not overly so, she is always prepared, she treats others, including her opponents, with civility and respect, she wears very short skirts and shows lots of her ample chest. I especially appreciate the last two attributes.

Welcome back, Judge Richard Kopf!

His Tuesday blog post on courtroom attire managed to both make a lot of women angry and nod their head in agreement at the same time. If you don't recall, the wonderfully talented writer Judge Kopf hung up his keyboard in January, stating that he had nothing left to say. Earlier this month, he returned with bad news (a diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma) and began writing again, mostly about his treatment.

Maybe you Facebooked in college, or tweeted once or twice, just to see what the hype is about. Or perhaps you've been a luddite to this point and practiced online abstinence, eschewing social media as a venue for self-important twits to babble about their latest culinary consumption.

Now you're having second thoughts. You want to reach out to a new and broader clientele. You've heard about the benefits of online discussions with "thought leaders." You want to go back-and-forth with the legal Twitterati.

You could buy a lengthy, expensive book on social media management. You could go into it blind, Facebooking and Tweeting until your fingers bleed, with little to nothing to show except, maybe, an ethical violation or two.

Here is a better, more efficient, and free idea:

Oh hello there.

Sorry if that seemed informal, we're trying out more of that fourth-wall breaking that seems to work so well for Frank Underwood on Netflix's political thriller "House of Cards."

But there's more than just gravitas and Southern drawl to be gleaned from Netflix's ruthless pragmatist. Check out these five legal lessons we learned from watching "House of Cards'" Frank Underwood:

(Sidebar:**Season 1 spoilers may follow, but it's been about a year since Season 1 released, so deal with it.**)

Everything you know is a lie.

Remember criminal procedure? Remember the lesson, and the trope, that there is a "penalty," in terms of sentences received, for defendants who take trials instead of pleas.

If a recent study is to be believed, it's apparently an urban legend. Maybe.

My brothers are identical twins, so this is a question that has come up often in my family: if one of them were to commit a crime, how could the police tell the difference between the two?

Apparently, they can't. Twin brothers Anh and Duc Tong were arrested for the murder of a San Jose State University student late last month. Yesterday, prosecutors dropped the charges against Duc, and properly filed murder charges against Anh.

They have the right twin now -- they hope. Here's a tip: the evil twin is always the one with the moustache.

We recently saw a post on Above the Law about a caption contest for a photo of a lawyer taking a courtroom selfie, and it got us laughing wondering. What the hell was this guy thinking? We could just see the Instagram post now "Getting ready for oral arguments #CourtRoomDrama."

You can't help feeling sorry for the guy, he's probably a newbie attorney that was excited to be in court -- he wanted to share that moment with mom and dad, or brag on Facebook. The problem is, like this poor guy, you never know when the webcams are on and you need to be aware of your surroundings.

That's why we think lawyers and selfies just don't mix and here are five reasons why.

Nothing is more upsetting to many practiced litigators -- or judges -- than hearing someone address the bench with "Judge."

The person in the black robe and gavel-ready is probably by all means a "Judge," but anyone who doesn't want to be considered a rank amateur should remember the following:

At FindLaw, thankfully, we have editors. Without these editors, my five or six posts per day would be plagued with improperly capitalized Courts [sic], extraneous apostrophe's [sic], and shifting tenses left over from rapid revisions.

(Editor's Note: Well, we try.)

You don't have an editor. For important court documents, you may have a paralegal or associate around to review your briefs, but for quick emails, blog posts (always have someone review your posts), and other urgent matters, it's easy to skip the proofreading and leave the mistakes intact.

What's the solution? Don't make the mistakes in the first place. Here are five rules to review: