Clash of the Titans

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Well, I know where I’m going to be at 5pm CST. It’s not every day that we get to watch the fate of the world being live-streamed from a San Francisco courthouse. That is, assuming the Ninth Circuit’s website doesn’t crash from all the traffic. Everyone pop some popcorn, sit back, relax, and enjoy your front-row seat to political, presidential, and legal history in the making!

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Checked and Balanced

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Wait, isn’t the judiciary supposed  to second guess the executive and legislative branches? Could have sworn I read that somewhere…

Here’s the latest on Travel-Ban-gate from CNN and Fox. Of course, this will prompt yet more criticism of the relatively liberal “9th Circus,” as I’ve heard it called by some.

Fun times.

Words Matter

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Sometimes I feel silly for being so obsessed with words. But every now and then, I’m reminded that, yes, words are actually pretty important. That’s not silly. And there are worse things to obsess over.

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2016 AAfPE Conference 

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​Goodbye, New York; San Antonio, here I come! Yesterday was my first time speaking at the United Nations, but I hope it won’t be my last. What an awesome experience! Now I’m looking forward to my two presentations at the AAfPE Conference. Instead of focusing only on legal writing, this year I’m presenting one session on classroom teaching tips and another on campus security. Should be fun!

2015 AAfPE Conference

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I’m really excited to be in Milwaukee attending the 2015 Annual Conference of the American Association for Paralegal Educators (AAfPE)! Last year’s conference was phenomenal, so I’ve been looking forward to learning even more about best practices for teaching legal support skills and strategies. This year, not only did I have the privilege of serving on the conference planning committee, but I am presenting two separate sessions on Friday. Right now I’m sitting in a pre-conference workshop on legal technology and eDiscovery (while multitasking on my blog… don’t tell anyone). More

New Rule: Wider is Better

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New Rule for all PowerPoint users: If you’re presenting on a widescreen, switch to 16:9 slides. Otherwise, you get big black vertical bars on either side of your presentation that amount to nothing but wasted space. Open it up from small screen to big screen. And if you don’t know how to do that, spend the 2.8 seconds and 5 nano-joules of energy required to run a Google search and find out. Your audience will be grateful.

Size Matters

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As I always say to lawyers, teachers, and presenters of any kind, if the audience can’t see, read, decipher, or otherwise make sense of your visual aids, then you’re wasting time, energy, and precious A/V real estate. Enlarge the font, enlarge the font, enlarge the font. Please.

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Snapshot of CNN coverage of the Owen Labrie trial. August 19, 2015.

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