June 05, 2018

Build Your Skills

Upcoming Division Events

CLE WEBINAR
Bid-Rigging Detection
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Both the private and public sectors often rely on a competitive bidding process to acquire goods and services. For the process to truly be competitive, bidders need to set their prices honestly and independently from one another. When they collude, the customer ultimately loses. In this webinar, learn how federal and state antitrust enforcers and economists sniff out potential bid-riggers. There will be an exploration of federal and state antitrust and consumer protection laws and a discussion using real world examples.

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ABA Annual Meeting
August 2-7, 2018
Chicago
Early Bird Registration is here!

Division events will take place at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown

Legal Skills Conference
Friday, October 26, 2018
Washington, DC

Sharpen your deposition, negotiation, writing and oral argument skills at this interactive conference. Expert panelists will provide practical, easily digestible information and strategies to enhance your abilities. Attendees will participate in exercises to practice their skills under the guidance of our faculty.

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TechTips
Leveraging Text Messages for Better Communications

As a government lawyer, you are probably starved for time. Between meetings, drafting pleadings, doing research, making phone calls and battling the never-zero inbox, there are just not enough hours in the day. Have you thought about using text messages to keep up with your staff and clients? Texts have an open rate of 98 percent (versus email at 2 percent) and a 45 percent response rate (versus email at 2 percent). Of course, confidentiality is of the utmost concern, so never text confidential documents or other information that would waive your privilege.

That being said, how can you best leverage texting? Use it when communication would be difficult, like in certain public settings and during court appearances to:

  • Schedule meetings
  • Communicate internally with staff
  • Provide court date notifications
  • Give simple case status updates
  • Provide automated messages about office hours, directions

Make sure your messages are clear and concise. And be professional. Save the emojis for texts to friends and family.

Source: Law Technology Today

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