Category Archives: Resources

Hiring Expert Witnesses

By John Allison, J.D., The Coach for Lawyers, LLC Expert witnesses can express opinions about matters within the scope of their expertise.  They are indispensable in cases involving medical, scientific…

Seeking Bilingual Spanish Speaking Attorneys with Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts Experience

The San Francisco-Marin Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) is currently seeking bilingual Spanish speaking attorneys with experience in Estate Planning, Wills, and Trusts. If you would like to receive…

Lawyer Referral Service Participates in Fleet Week Event

The SF-Marin Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) was invited to participate at the SF Fleet Week Veterans’ Resource Fair. Bilingual legal interviewer Princess Bustos provided attendees with materials related…

Legal Writing Tip: Counter a Multitude of Misstatements with Paralipsis

Savannah Blackwell As we discussed last month, the deflating opener, also called the swift rejoinder, can take the wind out of an opposing brief replete with insults and overblown rhetoric—in…

Three Keys to Crafting a Path to Success

Drew Amoroso The theme of this year’s Barristers Annual Meeting, “Crafting a Path to Success,” can be an elusive concept. Many of us struggle mightily to define what success means…

Legal Writing Tip: Counter the “Rambo” Writer with a “Deflating Opener”

By Savannah Blackwell What should you do if your opponent, in her opposing brief, insults your arguments, or attacks your integrity in making them? What should you do if your…

10 Red Flags of Potentially Difficult Clients

By Dennis Hanshew Blacker, Sammis & Blacker Paralegals and other non-attorney professionals are often tasked with the initial potential client intake interview. The first consideration is to determine if there…

Small Firm, Big Leaves – A Planning Guide

By Emily Thiagaraj and Alison Kosinski Kosinski and Thiagaraj An attorney taking an extended leave of absence or sabbatical can be difficult for any law firm to manage, and particular…

Legal Writing Tip: Never Insult Your Opponents or Their Arguments

By Savannah Blackwell If you wish to be taken seriously by the court, whether in oral or written argument, never malign or belittle your opponents or their position. Treat opposing…

Community Law Practice Incubator: Solo Never Alone

Hamid Yazdan Panah This past fall, The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), in partnership with the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) and the Lawyer Referral and Information Service, started…