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When it comes to mediating mass tort, class, complex, or just massive, cases, fashioning a resolution that all the parties can live with, and that a court will approve, can often feel nearly impossible.

However, it is not just possible, but reaching a mediated resolution is frequently the best option for everyone involved, and the numbers back that up. For defendants, setting up a settlement fund that can be administered by a third party can help avoid the costs and negative PR of moving forward with litigation. For plaintiffs, reaching a mediated resolution allows the dispute to be resolved with certainty and in a timely fashion, as cases that go to judgment will often go to appeal and take a decade to finally resolve.

A recently published book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, received the attention of the president before it even hit the shelves. In response to a sneak peak published by New York Magazine, the book's publisher received a cease and desist letter from Trump's lawyers demanding the book not be released.

However, the cease and desist letter, as pointed out in the response letter (which is making the rounds on the internet), was wholly without merit. The response specifically points to several deficiencies in Trump's lawyer's letter, including the fact that it relies on New York law, yet threatens a cause of action that simply does not exist in New York, and additionally the C and D fails to identify a single false, defamatory, or libelous statement contained within the book or preview.

Over the past year, the FindLaw writers have done their best to impart wisdom gleaned from across the internet about the best tips for legal practitioners. From finding free CLEs to discovery tips to simply keeping your desk clutter free, we know there's an ever-changing landscape of best practices for the practice of law.

Since we know that most practitioners are too busy to keep up with all the wisdom all year long, below you can find 10 of the top practice tips from the FindLaw Strategist blog from 2017.

Here at FindLaw, we write about the law quite bit. And one topic that just never seems to get old for us, and for our readers, is writing about legal writing. Whether it's technical stuff like the capitalization of the word "plaintiff" or much more serious matters, like the capitalization of the word "internet," when there's a development in legal writing, it's a safe bet that it'll get covered right here in this blog.

Since there's practically no way anyone can keep up with everything, below you can find the FindLaw Strategist blog's top 10 writing tips from 2017.

Trial is stressful. There's no doubt about that.

No matter how planned out every last minute is, there will always be surprises that you didn't plan, and couldn't have known about. After a certain point in your preparation, you just have to stop to relax for a little bit as you simply cannot prepare for everything. Also, not being well rested for trial is one of the most common, and correctable, errors in preparation attorneys will make.

As such, before trial, you may want to consider taking a short vacation, or maybe just a spa day (or two). Taking a couple days to yourself will allow your body and mind to rest before you put both through a trial, which is both a mental and physical endurance contest (of sorts). Think of the day or two off as an ethical obligation to your client and an essential part of your trial prep.

Getting an emergency extension, especially for a trial date, is generally reserved for serious emergencies, like injuries, illnesses, disasters and catastrophes. Luckily for one Georgia lawyer, his judge considered the Georgia Bulldog's Rose Bowl appearance to be good cause.

In short, attorney J. Patrick Connell received, as the court lamented, a "generous" gift of a last minute trip to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl from his older brother. And despite the court noting some signs that the emergency extension could also be the result of poor preparation, the judge seemed all too excited to live vicariously through counsel. Not only was an extension granted for the Rose Bowl, but counsel was given enough time to attend the national championship game on January 8, which Georgia will be playing in thanks to their epic win on New Year's Day.

Legal Writing Doesn't Have to Be Boring

Lawyers often look outside the law for examples of good writing, and there's a reason for that.

Few attorneys, if any, have gone on to Pulitzer or Nobel fame for writing. That includes Erle Stanley Gardner, Scott Turow, and John Grisham.

But occasionally you may discover a clear, persuasive and importantly -- not boring -- legal writer. Here are a couple to follow, and they're still working in the law.

For solo practitioners, the holiday slowdown can often be a challenge. If you just don't have anything going on around the end of the year, just trying to get yourself into the office could be an exercise in futility. After all, you don't have to go to the office to show up for holiday networking events.

However, you don't necessarily have to show up to your office to get some important stuff done either. Below, you can find a few tasks that are especially well suited for the unfortunately un-billable holiday slowdown that will help you work smarter, rather than harder, for the rest of the year.

You ever load up your calendar for the month of December because you just knew that those cases would settle and then you'd magically have free time? And then, when the cases didn't settle or go away, you were left wondering why you were so optimistic.

Well, the good news is that you still have time to clear your calendar, even if you can't actually move any of the dates getting in the way of you having a real holiday vacation. Below are five tips on how to just clear that calendar.

How to Handle Clients With Substance Abuse Issues

A client was late to a DUI hearing, so I called him on the cell phone.

"I got you a good deal. Get down here now," I said. He showed up 20 minutes later, reeking of alcohol.

What do you do with somebody like that? Is it possible to defend an impaired client and protect society at the same time?