One of the best ways to effectively communicate with your lawyer, and to make sure your lawyer is hearing you and working toward your goals, is to put yourself in your lawyer’s shoes. Understanding how s/he receives your communications — and knowing what influences his or her thinking and perception — allow you to alter your delivery and your attorney’s reception accordingly.
While law school experiences and law firm culture affect attorneys’ behavior toward their clients (what LPR terms “client-side manner”), so does the legal media. What are the attitudes and teachings of your attorney’s local bar association? What legal organizations does s/he belong to, and what are their perspectives? What publications is your attorney reading?
Here are a collection of organizations that most attorneys belong to and/or follow, all of which have journals, blogs, ethics opinions and/or other publications on their websites:
- www.americanbar.org (The American Bar Association)
- www.fedbar.org (The Federal Bar Association)
- www.dcbar.org (many attorneys belong to their local state bar and the D.C. Bar)
- www.law.com (The National Law Journal, The Legal Times, and The Legal Intelligencer, among others)
- www.americanlawyer.com (The American Lawyer)
- www.justice.org (American Association for Justice)
Take a look at your attorney’s bio on his/her website, and Google the bar association(s) that issued his or her law license(s) and the legal organizations they belong to. Each likely has a publication that your attorney receives, many of which can be found online. Look at the articles and the comments posted by the attorneys who read the articles. Much can be learned about the prevailing attitudes that may be influencing your attorney.
Thinking like a lawyer can help you be on the same wavelength as your attorney. LPR strongly believes that effective communication between client and attorney and a level playing field is a crucial part of a successful legal consumer experience.
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