Law Office of Elliott Kanter APC - March 2019

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March 2019

SPRING TRAINING HOW I PREPARE TO GO TO BAT FOR MY CLIENTS

Well, spring is almost here, which means my favorite sport is about to wind up again. Like many baseball fans, I enjoy keeping an eye on the spring training games, even if they don’t “count” toward the regular season. It’s during these exhibition matches that you get a real sense of how well a team is going to synergize. It’s especially interesting to watch old pros and rookies alike take the field and work out the kinks — after all, everyone’s equal on opening day.

That’s why, most years, I make it a point to attend a 3–4-day seminar held by the Trial Lawyers College. These events are held all over the country and attract some of the brightest minds in the legal field. We discuss new laws, review trial strategies, and share experiences from the courtroom. It’s a powerful event that always leaves me feeling recharged and ready to go to bat for my clients. The baseball metaphor is apt since pro lawyers and baseball stars use this spring training session to learn all they can. There are some big-name lawyers who come to these events, and I’m always impressed by their ability to leave their egos at the door. It underscores the idea that, no matter how many years we’ve been practicing law, we are all there to learn. Lawyers of all stripes take these events seriously because knowledge is everything in the courtroom. Being up-to-date on the latest laws, strategies, and tools available can be the deciding factor in a case. We owe it to our clients to always give them the best representation possible. We can’t do that by resting on our laurels. That’s because, even when the laws themselves don’t change, once-successful strategies can become obsolete in the courtroom. Prosecutors in criminal court and insurance lawyers in civil cases are constantly

WE OWE IT TO OUR CLIENTS TO ALWAYS GIVE THEM THE BEST REPRESENTATION POSSIBLE. WE CAN’T DO THAT BY RESTING ON OUR LAURELS.

Believe it or not, I’m actually embarking on my own spring training this month. Sadly, it won’t be for baseball, but I look forward to it regardless. You see, just as it’s important for pro players to sharpen their skills, good lawyers continue to learn more about the law over the course of their careers. We actually have continuing education requirements that stipulate a minimum of 12 hours of coursework a year. Of course, I’ve never been one to shoot for bare minimums.

adjusting their approach, and we need to do the same. Were I practicing law the way I was 30 years ago, my success rate would be abysmal today.

-Elliott Kanter

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