The CBA’s Golden Book of Anecdotes and Wisdom
From Attorneys, For Attorneys
The Colorado Bar Association’s senior attorneys (65 years of age and better) are being asked to submit anecdotes, advice, and guidance related to the practice of law to share with their junior colleagues. This is well-earned knowledge that may benefit less-experienced attorneys as they become proficient in the practice of law and may provide much-needed guidance for new attorneys as they transition from law school and begin their legal career. This collection of retrospections and advice is an ongoing effort. Submissions received thus far are printed below and will continue to be published periodically in The Colorado Lawyer.
To submit your anecdotes, advice, and guidance, e-mail your comments to Leona Martínez, using the subject line “Golden Book.” Mailed correspondence can be addressed to: Golden Book, c/o Leona Martínez, The Colorado Lawyer, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203. We look forward to hearing from you!
When selecting a managing partner, don’t give it to anyone who wants the job.
Trust your partners, but verify!
Cross-exam your client several times.
Clients appreciate a $5 tie more than a discount.
Very few thank you–usually the ones you did the least for and who are the poorest!
–Carl F. Eiberger, Golden
Three Things Lawyers Should Avoid
Resist the temptation to Take Advantage of Your Opponent’s Errors and Omissions
The Speechless Oral Argument
It’s the Client’s Problem
Five Pointers to Pass On
The Golden Rule
Closing Argument: Short May be Best
When you have Won, Don’t Linger!
Where the Action Really Is
Clerks are Smarter than You
Advice re drinking at lunch
You’re never too experienced to learn
Court personnel hold your life in their hands
The Karma of Civility
Is There a Mr. Foreman in the Court?
Suggestions for the Novice
Trust Your Intuition and Other Pearls of Wisdom
The Classiest Question
Answering Your Own Phone
Know When to Sit Down
Plans to Take the Estate
The Conscientious Attorney
Tips for Remaining Calm in Adversarial Situations
Rule and Run
Keep it Simple
Lend a Helping Hand
Difficult Opposing Counsel
Random Musings After 40 Years of Practicing Law
An Appropriate and Admissible Question
The Test of an Honest Person
Never Interrupt a Judge When He is Ruling in Your Favor
When Angry, Count to Ten Before You Speak
Once Lost, Credibility is Hard to Regain
Allow Yourself Plenty of Time
Befriend Court Staff
One Contest You Don’t Want to Be In...
The “Six-Inch” Rule
When Clients Question Your Loyalty
Be Nice to Office and Court Staff
The Concept of Slowing Down