Category Archives: Resources

Legal Writing Tip: Bridge Your Paragraphs

Savannah Blackwell BASF Bulletin Contributor A well-written piece of advocacy should be easy to read; the thoughts and ideas presented should flow seamlessly from one to the next. To achieve…

Ethical Walls Are Not a Panacea for Imputation of Conflicts Under New Ethics Rules

John Sullivan, Long & Levit Effective November 1, 2018, California’s new rules of professional conduct now address imputation of conflicts of interest and permit ethical screening to avoid imputation under…

It’s Who You Know: Can California’s trade secret law protect social media connections?

By Stephen Stanwood and Daniel Douglas, Chan Punzalan Businesses and entrepreneurs have spent much of the past decade building their social media presences. Companies now know that a strong social…

Legal Writing Tip: Know When to Capitalize the “C” in Court

By Savannah Blackwell BASF Bulletin Contributor The issue may seem trivial, but it is not.  Knowing when to capitalize the “c” in court and when to leave it in lower…

General Counsel Tip: Responding To a Complaint

John Sullivan, Long & Levit Last month, this column addressed steps that a firm can take to avoid disputes with and claims by clients.  Unfortunately, some claims are unavoidable.  Below…

Grow Your Contact List While Keeping Robocallers and Spammers at Bay

By Jeff Lester We yoke the law to ethical standards because ethics serve both the cause of justice and the efficacy of the work. However, ethical standards—such as the ABA’s…

The Push for Practical Skills

Andrew Amoroso, 2018 Barristers Club President As an organization tasked with fostering professional growth among our newer attorney members, the Barristers Club is constantly looking for effective ways to help…

Civility in the Workplace

Rhea Settles “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou  …

Use a “Kicker” Sentence to Set Up a Series of Points

Savannah Blackwell BASF Bulletin Contributor When you have a series of points to make, consider setting the series up by closing the paragraph preceding the start of the series with…

Mindfulness Practice: Managing Everyday Stress by Cultivating Presence of Mind

By Amy Jo McGuigan and Ana Fatima Costa Paralegal work can be extremely stressful.  Beyond your regular assignments, you frequently deal with impossible deadlines and angry clients, all while performing…