Volume 3, Number 4 • September 2005

Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.
—Theodore Roosevelt
(1858–1919)

Profile: Scott C. LaBarre, Esquire
Find out what makes "the best blind lawyer you'll ever meet" a great advocate.

You Weren’t Mean Enough
Think you’ve got what it takes to be a litigator? Think again.

Arguing Before the Supreme Court of the United States or Lesser Courts
Seven tips to help you analyze your case.

How to Capture and Keep Clients
The Division offers a new, practical book.

Practice Tip

The most common complaint clients make about lawyers is failure to return telephone calls or to answer letters. Establish an office policy that all client communications will be answered within 24–48 hours, preferably in the same mode in which it is received. The duty to respond to communications can be delegated to staff, but lawyers and staff alike should get in the habit of documenting telephone calls with at least a brief file memo.

—Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania Supreme Court

The Old Man’s Words of Wisdom
On developing keen observation.

Choose Your Words Wisely
Effective word use is vital for anyone active in the law: the lawyer arguing a case or preparing a brief; a jurist writing an opinion; or the law student struggling on an assignment. Words provide the power to make a point. But what if a word is too critical—or too favorable—for what you want to convey? Then, it’s time to consult a thesaurus

Dear Mike
Should I become a paralegal before I become a lawyer?

Advocational Vocab
To be taken seriously, check your vocabulary on our vocab page, then test your colleagues. Check it out.

Legal Trivia
What was the first case argued in the Marble Palace?

Contacts and Legal Stuff
Who is responsible for all this?

Division Notes and Upcoming Events

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