By S.J. Walker
Direct examination is a talent that draws on knowledge,
practice, and skill. The rules governing direct examination assist the judge or
jury in discovering the facts and basis behind the case, and should be used to
go beyond simply reiterating the evidence that is already admitted. To ensure
that an attorney makes the most out of their time with their witness, there are
important tactics that can be used such as the importance of certain moments
when leading a witness may be appropriate and permissible; how to use
documents; and how not to waste your time redirecting unless it truly adds
something to the prior testi...
Company car accident reports can be essential to changing the way a case turns out. An accident report has the power to change what may have been heading straight to
litigation, to a settlement agreement in just a matter of days. Why? Well the
answer is simple, the information provided in accident reports is a potential
gold mind: i.e. party admissions from the defendant. However, getting the
accident report is not so simple.
It is clear
as to why a company would want to keep their accident report secret, and if
they are keeping it a secret, usually there is something YOU should know in the
report. So, in order to elevate yourself from simply b...
By Omid Rejali
Recently I had the pleasure of representing a client who had been dropped by his former attorney. The issue evolved around a judgment that was obtained against him back in 2002. The main reason that no one wanted to take on this clients case was because he was a felon. That issue did not worry me one bit because I believed what the client was telling me and it was irrelevant to the issues at hand.
I initially attempted to resolve the matter informally with the attorney who had obtained the judgment against my client. He laughed at me and mocked my client by calling him a felon. That did not sit well with me.
The main issue evolved around a proof of service that alleged that my client had been "personally" served. All proof of servic...
EQUAL AND MEANINGFUL
By: S.J. Walker
It has long been established that one of the main goals of
the legal system is to provide equal access to the judicial process. It is
clear that “equal access” is continuing to be defined and challenged on a
constant basis as we thrive to ensure “equal access” is also “meaningful access.”
In the recent California Supreme Court decision in Jameson v. Desta, the Court found that
San Diego County’s policy on court reporters was invalid because it did not
provide an exception for indigent people. In Jameson v. Desta, the Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the
trial court for a nonsuit in favor of Defendant. Plaintiff, an indigent, who
Today, June 26, 2018 the Supreme Court of The United States
Ruled that President Trump’s Travel Ban was constitutional. You can read the
full text of the decision here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/17-965_h315.pdf
What Does this Mean?
The Court was faced with the question of whether President
Trump’s Travel Ban was constitutional and within his authority. The Court held,
that President Trump’s actions were constitutional because they were connected
to a legitimate concern of the government, namely national security and that
the means (i.e. the travel ban) were sufficiently tied to achi...