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Kelly Mulholland and Laura Schulz, Assistant Professors of Legal Writing at Saint Louis University School of Law, are available to answer questions on research and writing that are relevant to new attorneys. Send questions to kmulhol2@slu.edu or schulzlk@slu.edu with YLS in the subject line.

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Five Reasons Young Lawyers Should Attend the Bar's Annual Meeting
Lawyers and judges from across the state will attend The Missouri Bar’s annual meeting in Columbia on September 18-20. Some young lawyers may wonder why they should invest the time in attending the annual meeting. Here are the top five reasons you should go. More

Improvisation in Law Practice
by Morgan Murphy
This past May, I attended the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Division Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As with any legal conference worth its salt, there were ample CLEs and programs for the attendees. For me, one of the most interesting and unexpected programs was entitled “Improv for Lawyers Workshop: Using Your Inner Actor to Achieve Success in the Courtroom and the Boardroom.” More

The Importance of Court Reporters to Legal Practice
by Brian Shepard
In the abstract we all know we need a court reporter for our depositions.  We know, generally, what they do, but do we really know? Have we ever even really thought about it?  We know that they have the ability to place the witness under oath and that their main function is to take down the testimony of everyone in the room providing a clear record for use at trial.  But how many of us really take the time to think about the court reporter and the extent that what they do and the skill with which they do it contributes to our end product?  More

To Take or Not to Take?
by Stephen W. Holaday
We all know what a monster case looks like. It’s the case in which even the worst attorney can get the best testimony and the best result. But what about cases that are nothing like a monster? What about the Plaintiff’s case with questionable liability, or minimal damages, or both? What about the defense case which appears to be a loser and the client wants the case resolved quickly, and on a budget? How do we as young lawyers decide when to take – and more importantly, not to take – those cases? More 

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