Advice to Young Litigators

Sandra Starr Uretsky
Each year, you will look back and be astonished at how much you have grown as an attorney.

Each year, you will look back and be astonished at how much you have grown as an attorney.

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All newly minted litigators are, to varying degrees, intimidated by the litigation and advocacy process. Regardless of one’s exposure to litigation in law school trial advocacy courses, advice from professors and seasoned attorneys, and even time spent as a trial court clerk, nothing truly prepares a law school graduate for real-world lawyering. As a young family law attorney with six years of litigation experience, I can personally attest that the first few years of practice can be nerve-wracking, demanding, humbling, and empowering, marked by character-building highs and lows. It is my hope that the suggestions below will provide a bit of guidance to aspiring litigators as they transition to a career in the courtroom.

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