The world of attorneys’ fees in civil litigation is – mercifully – a mystery to much of the public. In this episode, we discuss different ways that the law has evolved to help people pay for a lawyer in civil cases when they need one (but couldn’t otherwise afford to pay high hourly rates), and potential gaps in this ad hoc system of civil representation.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be stuck in a position where the justice system is your only hope? John Davis was severely injured by someone else’s negligence, and found himself without a job, an income or a warm place to live. Left with no other options, John decided to sue for damages while living out of his car. John put his faith in the legal system, and fought his way to justice. This is his story.
Rachel York of Magna Legal Services explains how high-end jury consultants see into the minds of juries and help their clients influence their decisions – for a price.
Gabe, Dani and Scott discuss the ups and downs of pre-injury releases and the public policy implications
Representative Brian King discusses what it’s like to be a trial lawyer in the Utah legislature, the unfortunate influence of special interests on our political system and the strength of our judicial system.
The governmental affairs committee is where the rubber meets the road when bills are presented that might impact the legal profession or the bar in general. John Bogart, long-serving co-chair of that committee and I talk about the impact that lawyers can have on the legislative process and the proper way to approach public policy issues as a lawyer.
During our wide ranging conversation, lobbyist Steve Foxley discussed dealing with conflicts, the limits on the bar’s power to lobby the legislature and what it’s like to run non-stop through the seven week Utah legislative session.
Since 2008, I have happily enjoyed the benefits of working at a wonderful, mid-sized Salt Lake City law firm by the name of Christensen & Jensen. I loved it there, and I still count many people there as among my closest friends and mentors. However, in late December 2016/early January 2017, I left the firm life behind and founded The Law Offices of Gabriel K. White. Why would any (marginally) sane lawyer do that? This episode explores that question, and all its implications.
Three lawyers discuss office politics in the context of the legal workplace, including office social events, romance, social media and why it is still a bad idea to discuss religion or politics at the client’s dinner table.
Gabriel White, Dani Cepernich and Scott Powers explore the ups and downs of licensing paralegals to do limited legal work for clients, and the potential impact on the public and the larger legal community.