Harry Lee Coe: A Cautionary Tale

Harry Lee Coe: A Cautionary Tale

Recently, Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, Jorge Labarga, authored a piece about the effect of stress upon lawyers.1 According to the Chief Justice, “Stress without proper care contributes to the higher-than-usual rates of addiction, suicide, and mental...
The Admissibility of Social Media Postings

The Admissibility of Social Media Postings

As of the third quarter of 2017, 2.07 billion people actively used the social networking site Facebook on a monthly basis.  Instagram, the mainly mobile photo-sharing network, serves 800 million active monthly users. Digital evidence is often critical in proving or...
A Talk on the Subject of Collaborative Law

A Talk on the Subject of Collaborative Law

  This past week I gave a talk and participated in a panel discussion regarding the collaborative law process for the Clearwater Bar Association.  What follows is a synopsis of my presentation. To explain the inefficiencies and cost of the typical litigated family law...
How Architecture Affects Communication During Meetings

How Architecture Affects Communication During Meetings

The relative success or failure of meetings, whether with clients, colleagues or outside speakers, depends in part on how the space makes people feel.  Particularly with regard to meetings that are held in a collaborative law context, how the room is set up as well as...
A Role for Lawyers in Restoring Civil Discourse

A Role for Lawyers in Restoring Civil Discourse

Civil discourse is on the decline in America.  Well-reasoned policy arguments are largely replaced by mutual insult, and unpopular ideas are shouted down rather than refuted.  Lawyers committed to civility are in a unique position to be a positive influence on the...