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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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A Gentlemen's Agreement
Once consummated with a handshake, a promise is born.  A promise must be followed through with at all costs and broken only upon penalty of great shame to our names and the loss of our family’s honor. To be put more simply, “a man’s word is his bond.”   This paradigm is a piece of wisdom imparted on many of us by our fathers and grandfathers. More

Remaining Civil in a Civil Lawsuit
If you’re with a group of lawyers swapping war stories, it won’t be long before someone talks about an opposing counsel who acted unprofessionally. More

Multi-Forum Litigation in Personal Injury Practice
During law school, there seemed to be two types of people—those who wanted to open up shop as general practitioners and those who seemed to have a specific “niche” area of law that they wanted to practice. More 

Strategic Discovery
Discovery.  What is it?  Why do we do it?  I know in my earlier practice, it was just something to complete, to check off my list.  But discovery can be, and should be, so much more.  The strategic use of discovery is a skill that many attorneys do not spend enough time cultivating. More

Attorneys Suffering from Stress, Substance Abuse or Other Problems Can Seek Assistance from The Missouri Bar
The legal profession is among the most stressful occupations in the country. Unfortunately, this stress can sometimes lead to depression, substance abuse and other problems. These issues can also have a significant, negative impact on a lawyer’s practice, which can lead to disciplinary actions or legal malpractice claims. More 

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