Lawyer-Turned-Teacher: Mock Trial Competition Teaches Students To Think On Their Feet

By Jesse Pittard

I have been involved with the North Carolina Bar Association’s Justice Iredell Middle School Mock Trial tournament for six years. The mock trial program is the most meaningful and influential activity that my students participate in. It helps students to become confident in themselves and their abilities.  Students who participate in mock trial not only learn about the justice system but acquire important skills that help them be successful in and out of the classroom.

Mock trial teaches students skills that are not easily acquired in the classroom.  First, mock trial helps to develop students’ analytical abilities.  Mock trial takes students beyond memorization.  Instead of memorization, students have to learn to organize facts, apply the facts to the law, and then to use these facts to build a case.  To see middle school students do this is simply amazing.

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A Practice Management Expert’s Top Gift Ideas for Techies

By Joyce Brafford

Tech gurus know that nothing pleases a fellow techie like a new gadget for the holidays. Here are my top five picks for the techies you love. Although, you just may keep a few for yourself.

For the Cord Cutter: Mohu Releaf 30, $29.99

This is a wonderful gift for anyone who has, or is thinking about, ditching the cable box. Mohu has a variety of products, but the Releaf is a great place to start your shopping. Built from recycled cable boxes and with a range of 30 miles, it’s a gift that will allow the recipient to cut the cable cord, cut their monthly utilities and stay in touch with local news and events.

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A Tale Of Two Legal Tech Conferences: Artificial Intelligence, Practice Management And More

By Erik Mazzone

It was the best of conferences, it was the … actually, they were both pretty good.

Not exactly Dickens, is it?

I recently attended two legal technology conferences. They were interesting both for their similarities (“The future is now!”) and their differences (evolutionary or revolutionary change). The first conference – eponymously called the Clio Cloud Conference – was put on by the maker of practice management software Clio.

The first notable thing about the Clio Conference was that it is a legal technology conference that is not put on by a bar association, trade association, or media company. It is a user conference – common in technology circles but not in legal tech. As adoption of legal technology increases, the rise of the user conference nods to the need for educational offerings that are product and platform-specific. It makes sense: Once a firm is spending lots of dough on a particular product, they’re going to be a lot more interested in how to make that product sing than in another survey course that’s a mile wide and an inch deep.

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