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You know that saying about how employees and corporate officers should email as if what they write will one day be read in a deposition? Well, there's a close corollary: In a deposition, speak like what you say will be made public eventually.

This may prove true for some officials deposed in the NHL CTE/concussion class action that is playing out in the Minnesota federal court. That case has been making headlines due to some damning video from some key depositions being made public. One such deposition makes it clear, math isn't one of the strong suits for former Toronto Maple Leafs' GM Lou Lamoriello.

If you advise businesses, or run your own brick and mortar practice, you know, the signage on the door, and even in the parking lot, matters. And not just legally, from the customer's perspective, if your door says "push" but needs to be pulled, customers are likely to leave confused by why the door seems to be locked but the lights are on.

You might not be so fortunate as to get the opportunity to charge a Tennessee hardware store owner your hourly rate to explain that his "no gays allowed" sign is a really, really, really bad business decision (even if state law doesn't forbid sexual orientation discrimination). But, it's actually rather common to find signage errors at businesses, and not just because sometimes words have two meanings. And sometimes there can be some real liability.

Over the past several weeks, we've published weekly blog posts delving into the etymology of some widely used legal terms. The feedback has been fantastic, and if there are other legal terms you'd like us to research and write about, feel free to let us know on Twitter or Facebook.

And just in case you may have missed one of the prior installments in this series, you can easily catch up as we've compiled the first five below.

For many attorneys the question of how to know when you're billing too much is puzzling because the concept of "billing too much" is just unimaginable nonsense. At least until a client says they don't want to pay "that much for that."

But for an increasing number of attorneys, this is a legitimate question to ask. Below you can get some pointers on avoiding over-billing.

For a growing number of legal practitioners and courts, the answer to the title question is a resounding yes. What matters most is how you do it. After all, it would seem contrary to ordinary logic to discourage attorneys from assisting pro se litigants.

And on that premise, some law practices have even started focusing on providing unbundled legal services as a way to provide better access to justice. Preparing a pleading or other document on behalf of a pro se litigant generally will not violate any ethical duties, though some states do require pro se pleadings to explicitly state whether attorney assistance was received, or you may have to even sign the filing.

For the most part, everyone, including non-lawyers, know what an appeal is, and what it means to appeal. The term isn't exclusively a legal one, yet has been used in the legal context for centuries now.

The term, or better yet, the appellate process, as we know it today, traces as far back as the 11th century in Japan and 14th century in England. The roots of the term itself are old English, old French, and Latin. Curiously, it is believed that the term originates from an ancient Roman nautical metaphor that meant "driving a ship toward a particular landing." If you've ever worked on an appeal, you can probably agree that the Roman metaphor seems appropriate.

For some lawyers, when clients push to cross the line, it can be difficult to push back. However, when push comes to shove, a single client isn't worth putting your license or reputation at risk, even if that means losing the client.

In many cases, it may not be readily apparent at the outset that a client will ask you to push ethical boundaries down the road. What starts as a seemingly typical, though stubborn, contract litigation may have all been a ruse to get some confidential trade secret discovery that your client wants to see, despite an "attorney eyes only" protective order being in place. Though this may be an uncommon situation, generally, it is not that out of the ordinary for lawyers to be asked by clients to abuse discovery. In fact, discovery abuse is already a rampant problem amongst attorneys and inherent in the discovery system, and has been for some years now. But when clients want to do abuse discovery, it's always a little bit different.

How Federal Prosecutors Get You With the Tiniest Evidence

Note to self: federal prosecutors are really good at turning local crimes into federal ones.

Take the case of a former Chicago police officer who was busted for having sex with a minor. Prosecutors nailed him for federal sex trafficking because he used condoms that were made out of state.

Of course, he got what he deserved when he pled guilty. But it goes to show you -- especially if you are a criminal defense attorney -- that people have to be really careful when they cross the line.

When it comes to great legal words, few are as baffling as certiorari. Though most lawyers know that it's something that SCOTUS can grant, more often than not, even we lawyers will use the truncated "cert." rather than risk butchering the pronunciation, let alone the spelling. Thankfully, today, the full Latin phrase, certiorari volumnus, is not used.

The term dates back to the 15th century. In Latin, the word literally means "we wish to be informed." In the earliest noted uses of the term, in ancient Rome, it was used in a similar sense as we know it today, to suggest review of a case. As lawyers indubitably all know, when a court grants certiorari, or a writ of certiorari, that court is seeking to review a lower court's decision.

Should You Fight Mandatory Arbitration?

No one likes to be backed into a corner, including mandatory arbitration.

It's one thing to agree to arbitrate, but quite another to be sent to that corner. With no place to flight, most of us want to fight.

Usually, you will lose fighting against a statute that requires arbitration. But if the other party is trying to force you to arbitrate in the wrong case, there are more ways get out of it these days.