August 01, 2012

Sidebar: My First Trial

How do you prevent blunders, from overlooking a crucial case to having your expert barred from testifying?

Kenneth P. Nolan

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I never wanted to be a lawyer, but I went to law school anyway. After a few years of studying Palsgraf, the UCC, the Rule Against Perpetuities, and other garbage, I decided I needed some experience—especially since I had never even been in a law office. I taught high school English and attended law school at night, so one hot summer I volunteered at Legal Services in Brooklyn where I could meet real lawyers, clients and, maybe, a black-robed judge or two.

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