Writing for the Warrior, the official journal of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, Ken recalls one of his most recent cases that reminded him of why trial lawyers do what they do, “for the good of the order,” so to speak.
There are a plethora of books and resources to improve your technical skills. But among the countless tomes and guides on shelves these days, Rick Friedman’s On Becoming a Trial Lawyer provides a decidedly fresh perspective on the mechanics and traits necessary to become an effective trial lawyer.
Ken reviews Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” and Atul Gawande’s “Checklist Manifesto.” Understanding the nature of habit and learning how we can harness its power—both to maintain good habits and change bad habits—allows us to greatly improve our abilities as trial lawyers.
Since the establishment of the Trial Lawyer’s College in 1994, three people have served as President of the venerable Wyoming-based school: Gerry Spence, legendary trial lawyer and TLC founder; Jude Basile, “One of America’s finest” according to Spence; and now John Sloan, a 1998 TLC graduate and Texas-based attorney who described his recent election as a “humbling, but daunting moment”. Ken sits down with Sloan for a candid Q&A in this edition of the Warrior.