Courtroom Do's and Don't's – from a Clerk's Perspective

Timothy Kowal, Esq.
November 4, 2020
Sean Thomas Lobb has Tips Learned While Clerking in Orange County in the November OC Lawyer magazine. Some takeaways:

DO: Cite well-reasoned decisions from the same federal district court – even UN-published decisions!
DON'T: Use legalese. It's like biting into the frozen center of a microwave burrito.
DO: Make focused, targeted arguments to tentative rulings. And answer judges' questions directly.
DON'T: Flub the local rules, especially relating to discovery motions.

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OC Lawyer November 2020, Volume 62, #11