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You can trust old things. That's the logic of the ancient documents rule, which allows lawyers to introduce hearsay evidence so long as the document is old enough and appears authentic. How old is old enough? Just 20 years.

Ironically, that thinking is probably out of date, given the amount of digital data that can be hoarded away for long periods. If the logic behind the rule was questionable when it was established, some argue that it's even weaker now. The federal judiciary might agree. It decided earlier this month to consider ending the ancient documents rule altogether.

As litigious as Americans can be, the vast majority of cases settle before going to court. How vast is that majority? Less than two percent of federal civil cases go to trial, a fivefold decrease from 50 years ago.

It's understandable that clients, and lawyers, would want to avoid trial. Trials are expensive, time consuming, unpredictable. But sometimes, they're also your best option.

Judges hold their cards close to their chests -- usually. For all the impartiality and decorum judges normally demonstrate, it's not unheard of for a judge to slip up, letting you know exactly what he feels toward your client: hatred.

It can be difficult to deal with a judge that is openly antagonistic towards you or your client -- but it's not impossible. Here are some tips for dealing with a judge who hates your client:

As the legal market begins to pick up, not all practice areas are growing equally. The growth in a few areas is far outpacing the rest. How can you tell which practice areas are booming these days? Look at who's hiring.

What's booming according to legal staffing companies? Several distinct practice areas have seen increased hiring and growth, reports Lawyer and Statesman magazine. These areas are expected to see continued growth over the next few years as well -- great news for a firm looking to expand.

Lawyers are writers. A majority of legal work involves some form of writing, whether it's an email to a client, a brief for the court, or a memo for a partner. Yet, there's often little attention paid to the craft of writing, despite its central role in an attorney's practice.

Well crafted writing can help set you apart from the crowd and make you a more effective practitioner -- but it's a skill that takes work to develop. With that in mind, here are five tips for writing better:

We're 33 days into the trial of James Holmes for opening fire in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater in 2012 and the jurors are being dismissed left and right. Last week, three jurors were kicked after reading tweets about the case. Another was let go on Monday for failing to disclose potential bias during voir dire. She was joined by a fifth juror, removed today, again for potential bias.

After Judge Carlos Samour pulled together the largest jury pool in history, it looks like a few mistakes may have been made in voir dire -- and after. Here's what lawyers can learn from the Aurora shooting jury mess.

The Hispanic population is the fastest growing demographic in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are about 54 million Hispanics living in America, which is about 17% of the entire population. What does this mean for your legal practice?

On June 24th, FindLaw is offering a free webinar to address this topic: Positioning Your Firm to Capture the Hispanic Market.

If you're a personal injury attorney, you know that liens can play a significant role in obtaining a favorable resolution for your client. But where should you start when dealing with personal injury liens? What's the best strategy for negotiating and reducing liens? Should you handle hospital, insurance and med pay liens differently?

Don't worry, FindLaw has the answers. FindLaw's attorney writers have just released new and updated personal injury lien resources to help guide attorneys through the process. Here's a quick overview:

It's about time the legal job market heard some good news. Reports over the past few years have focused on the fact that the market is over-saturated, wages aren't rising, et cetera, et cetera.

Finally, there's good news for legal professionals in 2015: hiring is picking up and salaries are expected to increase more quickly than last year. But what specific areas are growing? Here's a quick overview of some of the hottest areas in the legal profession right now:

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?