Monday, June 20, 2016

Funny Stuff

My name's not Susan!
Rare is the day that I read the newspaper and not get a chuckle.  Today's chuckle came from the Daily Journal. Seems a law school grad filed a lawsuit against Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  Seems (plaintiff alleged) that the law school inflated 1st year employment rates to suggest that 80.1% of students who graduate (and pass the bar) are hired in their 1st year.  Plaintiff claims that since she didn't get hired in her first year that the law school lied.

Now, I could go on and on about the possibility that plaintiff is just not hire-able or she just does not come off as someone someone would like to work with (not everyone is able to do great interviews).  I'm not going to do that because the point to THIS blog post is a quote by defense counsel which was uttered during their opening statement to the jury:
...the evidence will show she attended Thomas Jefferson at the end of the day because it was the only [law school] she was admitted to...
Uh, huh.  I sat there thinking about this line for a while until I realized what I think defense counsel was trying to say was: 
...at the end of the day, the evidence will show she attended Thomas Jefferson because it was the only [law school] she applied to...
That makes a bit more sense.  I mean, why would a person attend two or more schools at the same time?!  Also, if you're going to use a cliche phrase like "at the end of the day," pay attention to how you use it so that you don't sound like a tool. I mean, do you even think defense counsel knew what he was saying?  I'm hoping not and blamed the newspaper for getting his quote wrong.

Maybe you're staring down the barrel of a lawsuit and you're looking to make a strong impression with the jury.  If this is the case, then might I suggest you head over to your local county law library and bone up on the "how to" of opening statements with great stuff like:

Opening Statements (Thomson Reuters)
Trial Communication Skills (Thomson Reuters)
Trying Cases to Win (Stern.)
Successful Trial Techniques of Expert Practitioners (Thomson Reuters)

So, whether you are a seasoned litigant or a pro per in small claims, know that your local county law library has what you need to help you bone up on what to say (or what not to say) in court.