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Best of the Worst Typos in the Law

You shouldn't really point out others' mistakes if you make bigger ones.

Jesus said something like that -- something about splinters and beams. In sinners' words, don't poke people in the eye.

But in law and blogging, we get paid to accentuate mistakes -- even little, tiny typos. Here are some of best of the worst.

Believe it. The more friends you have, and the stronger those friendships are, the better you'll be at marketing yourself as a lawyer.

If you want to excel in your career down the road, make more friends now and actually spend time doing fun things with them. Consider it part of the job or an additional form of CLE. But be genuine, be yourself, and find people you truly enjoy being around. There's no need to talk business, solicit, or hand out business cards. If you're really friends with someone, they should know what you do and how to contact you when someone they know needs your services.

When the York County Grand Jury returned over 900 indictments in a single day in June, more than one local defense attorney noticed. After all, that number is two to three times the number that is usually returned in a month, let alone a day. As reported, the math works out to 39 seconds per indictment.

The motion to quash, which 27 different defense counsel signed onto, alleges that there is no way the grand jury could have adequately done its job in that short a time. The motion basically asserts that the grand jury just rubber stamped every single indictment, and given the 39 second time frame, shuffling some papers, inking a stamp, and thrusting it down on paper likely accounted for all of it. The motion also demands that the entire grand jury be discharged, and for a new one to empaneled.

Don't Let Them See You Cry in Court

During emotional testimony, witnesses sometimes cry in court. It's part of the courtroom drama.

But it's unusual to see a lawyer cry -- at all, much less in a public forum. It could also be really upsetting for the client, who might be the next one to cry.

So if you are an attorney, don't let them see you cry in court. Just consider a prosecutor's experience in the Paul Manafort trial ...

What to Do When the Judge Says 'You Can't Do That!'

Some lawyers just don't get it. When a judge says "no," it's not an invitation to argue.

It's more like an invitation to sit down and shut up. What part of "no," do they not understand?

A good advocate knows this: When a judge says, "you can't do that," you have to find another way to do it. That's what's happening in special prosecutor Robert Mueller's case against attorney Paul Manafort.

When you're in court, maintaining a professional demeanor is sometimes easier said than done. When emotions run high, or opponents act stupid, or witnesses don't say what they're supposed to say, do you know what your body language is saying?

Often, a person's expression, or body language can say a lot more than they want, and as recent headlines suggest, in court, the wrong body-language reaction can even earn a lawyer a scolding.

Below are five of the worst body language mistakes a lawyer can make in court.

Your Client's Thinking About Divorce, But ...

A client said he was thinking about a divorce, but he wasn't sure.

"I'm confused because I still love my wife," he told the lawyer.

Sensitive to the client's feelings, the attorney asked what happened to their relationship. The straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak, was when the wife pinned the man against the garage wall with the family car.

True story, and yes, the lawyer recommended divorce -- and a restraining order. As fishermen say, sometimes you have to know when to cut bait.

Dropping the Baton: The Problem With Changing Lawyers

Some legal matters are like a relay race.

Clients start out with one lawyer, who passes the baton to the next. It can work if everbody is on the same team.

But if law firms drop the baton along the way, clients can lose. Not only that, it can be really embarrasing -- especially for the attorneys. Consider Team Trump.

How to Deal With Discovery Bullies

Remember when you were a kid, and your dad taught you to stand up to bullies?

What happened? You got punched in the nose, right? So that's when you introduced the abuser to your big brother.

Maybe that's not your story, but you're grown up now and it's time to deal with the discovery bullies. It's best to avoid the conflict, but sometimes you have to push back.

While President Trump may have recently tweeted the above question in earnest, it's actually an excellent question that might even baffle some lawyers.

Though secretly recording a client is bad form, borderline (and depending on the jurisdiction, definitely) unethical, and just generally sketchy, depending on who your client is, and what they're asking you to do, it could be what protects both your liberty and your license to practice. We'll likely be hearing more about it thanks to Mr. Cohen.

Notably though, there are in fact several types of lawyers that do routinely record conversations with clients (with their consent, of course). Below, you can read about three types of lawyers that routinely record.