Be Immersed in Legal Pop Culture with "Word for Word"
Standing out in the Crowd: The Value of a Rising Stars List Selection
When paging through the latest Super Lawyers Magazine, don't forget to stop by the "Word for Word" highlight at the beginning of each issue. "Word for Word" showcases three attorneys and asks them a question ranging from "Which television or film star do you most identify with?" to "Which U.S. Supreme Court Justice would you take to lunch? And where?"
In the 2015 Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine we posed the question, "What's your favorite legal-themed film?" to Erek L. Barron, C. Sei-Hee Arii and Tamar B. Goorevitz. Below is a snapshot of each of their responses.
My Cousin Vinny
"Some of the worst stereotypes of the North and the South collide, but the film intertwines many of the legal profession's most enduring stereotypes into a great comedy and a teaching tool."
"In addition to being very funny, the movie has great examples of effective-and ineffective-cross-examination and expert witness testimony."
Erek L. Barron/Counsel, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston; Bethesda; General Litigation
To Kill a Mockingbird
"There are a few serious moments. In one scene Roxie Hart drives home what is, for me, the most fundamental point that a criminal defense lawyer can never forget: that your client's liberty rests largely in your hands."
"Having handled many trials, I can say the actual experience can be less than scintillating, with only occasional moments of spontaneity. If you were to believe what you see on screen, you might be inclined to think that litigation is filled with gotcha moments, the revelation of sordid secrets and sudden explosions of courtroom violence."
C. S-Hee Arii /Founder, Arii Law Firm; Rockville; Criminal Defense
A Few Good Men
"The courtroom scenes got my adrenaline pumping, especially in the stellar cross-examinations. Every litigator dreams of demolishing a witness on cross-examination like Lt. Kaffee (the character played by Tom Cruise)."
"Of course, there is plenty of Hollywood influence on the film-counsel making arguments to the jury in the middle of cross-examination-but the movie also contains some great lessons for attorneys about demeanor, preparation and strategy during a jury trial."
Tamara B. Goorevitz /Principal, Franklin & Prokopik; Baltimore; Civil Litigation
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When it comes to the ever-changing legal landscape, youth isn't always associated with success. For some young lawyers, the industry is more exciting and dynamic than ever, with technology bringing about rapid change and new opportunities in the practice of law. For others, doubt has crept in when thinking about their path to success. Attorneys face extraordinary competition for a shrinking number of positions, record levels of law school debt and uncertainly about whether their ambitious career goals are realistic.
In an effort to highlight the accomplishments of young attorneys and give them a platform to distinguish themselves, Super Lawyers includes a separate list of attorneys in almost every state highlighting young attorneys - known as the Rising Stars list. This list is developed using the same patented multiphase selection process used for the Super Lawyers list except:
- To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.
- While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to the Super Lawyers list, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.
We recently sat down with an attorney selected to the 2015 North Carolina Rising Stars list, Patrick Roberts, and spoke with him about the value of his selection and advice he has for other young lawyers.
Roberts is the founding attorney of Roberts Law Group, PLLC, a criminal defense law firm with offices in Raleigh, Wilmington and Charlotte. He served as an Assistant County Attorney in three North Carolina jurisdictions before dedicating his practice to defending those accused of state and federal crimes throughout North Carolina, including drunk driving/DWI, drug charges, sex offenses, white collar crimes, domestic violence and other misdemeanor and felony charges.
How do you feel the distinction of being named to the Rising Stars list helps a young lawyer?
Roberts: "For me, when you're starting out you're looking for any little bit extra that will get you a second look from an employee or client," says Roberts. "That's what Super Lawyers and Rising Stars does - it gives you a way to distinguish yourself in the market."
"Nowadays, I'm seeing it help my firm attract higher-end clients and higher-profile cases," says Roberts. "We get 500-600 new client cases a year and we can definitely relate some of those back to the marketing efforts of Super Lawyers."
Do you have any advice for lawyers just starting out in their career?
Roberts: "Find a mentor and be willing to learn. I had countless opportunities to sit 'second chair' in the courtroom and learn from senior attorneys."
To find out more about the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars selection process and how to get involved, visit SuperLawyers.com/SelectionProcess.
January is a busy month for Super Lawyers with the release of four magazines: 2015 Ohio & Kentucky Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 Louisiana Super Lawyers Magazine and the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine. Going forward, we'll be posting a blog each month to give you a preview of each magazine at the time of release. These posts will feature front cover stories, briefs and question & answer highlights.
The front cover features the story of Cincinnati litigator Carolyn Taggart at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, whose civil defense work has led to involvement in headline-grabbing cases such as the early lawsuits against silicone breast-implant manufacturers and suits following the trampling deaths at the 1979 The Who concert at Riverfront Coliseum.
We also sit down with Alex Shumate, managing partner for North America of recently merged firm Squire Patton Boggs. The Columbus lawyer has been appointed to the Ohio State University Board by three governors. He is a calming force in the arena of government-relations and administrative law.
In this issue, we sat down with Benjamin Rosenberg of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, who has perfected the art of playing well with others. We also talked with Kramon & Graham's M. Natalie McSherry about the many McSherrys of Maryland law and her experience as a woman attorney.
Also be sure to check out our "Word for Word" section where we had some fun by posing the question "What's your favorite legal film"? See one the responses below.
My Cousin Vinny
"Some of the worst stereotypes of the North and the South collide, but the film intertwines many of the legal profession's most enduring stereotypes into a great comedy and a teaching tool. In addition to being very funny, the movie has great examples of effective-and ineffective-cross-examination and expert witness testimony."
-Erek L. Barron / Counsel, Whiteford Taylor & Preston; Bethesda; Litigation
In this issue, Lynn Luker shares what she learned in her six months on the civil district court bench. Lynn Luker returned to her business litigation and civil litigation defense practice in January after a six-month appointment to the Orleans Parish Civil District Court. We spoke with her in the middle of her judicial stint and she had this to say. "As an advocate you have a side and you argue, and as a judge, you have to get it right. And that's much more difficult."
In this issue, Jim Franczek tells us about the delicate art of negotiating labor contracts. Franczek, co-founder of Franczek Radelet, is on the management side but never forgets the contributions of the workers involved. He often starts things off by bringing the sides together over a table of good food.
To Franczek, who co-founded Franczek Radelet in 1994, collective bargaining among many interested players is a "multidimensional puzzle. Getting it to snap together is not easy, but once it does, it's incredible." He sees his job as helping parties understand the dimensions of their problem without imposing his own ideas.
We hope you enjoyed this sneak preview of our latest Super Lawyers Magazines. Be sure to visit http://www.superlawyers.com/about/digital_magazine.html to see all our digital editions.