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In the world of criminal justice, one of the more important legal terms, especially for the people actually facing the charges, is bail. It's also a significant word in the civil context, such as when property is temporarily held in another's custody.

But, like many great legal words, bail has many other meanings, too, some which you might already know, and you might be surprised to learn that it originally didn't have any connection to the law, nor cricket (aka wannabe baseball), and not even boats. 

Read on below to learn more about how the word bail came to be a great legal word.

3 Tips for Collaborating With Co-Counsel You Don't Like

Will Rogers, the cowboy philosopher, reportedly said that he never met a man he didn't like.

Apparently that was a misquote. In the annals of social history, however, it doesn't really matter.

What matters is that we need to get along with people -- especially our co-counsel. Yes, that means the ones we don't like, too. Here are three tips that can help:

For both new and experience lawyers, the question of whether it's worth it to relocate for a job can be challenging.

While the decision may be simpler for new or younger attorneys that haven't laid down roots in a community, or those that don't have partners or children, the decision to relocate takes courage and entails quite a bit of risk. This is particularly true if partners, children, or more are involved. And that's not to mention the licensing hurdles you'll encounter practicing across state lines.

Why You Should Never Argue Outside the Courtroom

Lessons in the law come from all kinds of places.

Often, it is in the courtroom where litigators demonstrate their skills. It is beyond Trial Advocacy 101; it is the real deal.

Sometimes the lessons occur outside the courtroom, and occasionally in the hallway. Here's one lesson seasoned litigators should know: never argue in the courthouse halls.

For federal civil and appellate practitioners, there are a few rule changes coming next week that you might want to make sure you're ready for.

One involves some significant changes to FRCP Rule 23 involving class actions, and the FRAP also has a big change to the rules for amicus briefs, and an extended due date for reply briefs. You can read more about some of the changes below.

When Video Evidence Gets Deleted

A recent civil suit involving a South Carolina school and student who was incessantly bullied, attacked, and injured while at school, highlights one critical problem that attorneys can often face when trying to get that holy-grail surveillance camera footage: poor data storage retention policies.

The school claims that by the time they were served with a preservation of evidence letter by the plaintiff, it was already too late. Their system had already deleted and overwritten the relevant time periods several times, essentially rendering the data unrecoverable.

Do you have a dog and a law firm? If so, you might want to consider exploiting your dog's cuteness to help market your law firm. Simply put, your law firm's social media needs content, and people love dog photos on social.

In most, if not all cases, your dog (like mine) will willingly agree to be a social media star in exchange for copious treats and playtime, so there's no harm there. And your social media followers and other victims of your marketing tactics will undoubtedly remember your name more readily because of all those wonderful dog pictures you keep posting from your law firm's social media accounts, or including in your email newsletters and holiday cards.

Yes, once you start posting pics of your dog, people will want (p)updates.

Warning: The following may trigger law school exam or bar exam flashbacks.

Regardless of when you went to law school, the question surely came up in your contracts class: Is a contract written on a cocktail napkin a legit contract?

And while we all know that a legitimate contract can be executed on just about any medium, or even without a medium at all, a contract also requires more than just paper and ink. However, for one Alaska newsman, he was willing to sell his paper on a promise and signed promise to pay $1 million over a ten year period. Trial started last week, and yes, one attorney did enlarge the napkin to full "poster-board" size so the jury (and world) could get a better view.

Lawyers do it every day. But for one pair of form-crossed Ohio lawyers, who did it and didn't redact, the state's bar decided to set an example.

The two lawyers met at a conference and hit it off. They both were part of similar legal practices representing public schools and began romantically seeing each other. Over a period of two years, the two shared client confidences and unredacted legal forms and client emails freely, even after they got busted. In the disciplinary opinion, it was noted that one even admitted to the fact that the other routinely completed work she was supposed to do.

Lawyers Who Count Chickens Before They Hatch Lay Eggs

Defense attorney John Shely reportedly lost the largest verdict in an individual "bad faith" insurance case in Oklahoma history.

But the $25.5 million verdict did not make him the biggest loser. After all, attorneys don't really lose anything in court -- their clients do.

Shely lost big time, however, when he opened his mouth. This is why lawyers should never count their chickens before they hatch.