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What Kind of Lawyer do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?. Judge Mary Thornton House San Gabriel Valley Bar Association. IDEA FOR THIS TOPIC. THERE WAS THAT LAW OF LIFE, SO CRUEL AND SO JUST, THAT ONE MUST GROW OR ELSE PAY MORE FOR REMAINING THE SAME. NORMAN MAILER.
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Judge Mary Thornton House
San Gabriel Valley Bar Association
Unhappy clients, crazy jurors, uptight judges, billable hours – I became a lawyer because…????
Attorneys are NOT Prepared in Court
Attorneys do NOT Know the Evidence Code
Attorneys FAIL to file Succinct, On-Point Pleadings………..
At least I get paid more than a 5th grade teacher……
Attorneys are Not Civil with each other and the Court
ETHICS + EVIDENCE
PREPARATION + PASSION
INTEGRITY + IMAGINATION
COMPASSION + CIVILITY
READ JURY INSTRUCTIONS
FACTS – Know them.
APPEARANCE – Respectful
CITATIONS – If cite a case, know it.
EYES OPEN – Observe.
The cover-up is always worse than the crime in matters dealing with integrity.
Mary Thornton House, 1953-
Cultivate relationships outside of the law community
Read a variety of books.
Watch cartoons, see a “G” movie, talk to a five year old.
EMPATHY WITH REASON
Plaintiff Plain Language: If my client got his broken leg because of Mr. Defendant’s driving, can you determine an amount of money that will help him get back on his feet?
Defendant Plain Speak: If you feel concerned and are worried about Ms. Smith’s injuries, can you still require her to show that my client was responsible for those injuries, as the rules in these cases require?
Follow-Up: Ms. Smith’s injuries sadden us, but, we believe we’ll show you that we aren’t responsible for them; if we do show you, can you put aside any feelings you have by agreeing with our belief?
How do you feel about tort reform?
Plaintiff Plain Speak: Do you think that rules about getting compensation for accident victims should be changed?
Defendant Plain Speak: Is a jury trial the best way to handle these automobile [accident cases] [fender-benders] or should our legislators change things?
FACTS IN SUPPORT
TOPIC SENTENCE OF YOUR CASE
TRY THE CASE, NOT THE ATTORNEY.
MARY THORNTON HOUSE, 1953-