For Lawyers Reading this Blog
September 12, 2014 § 9 Comments
A few chancellors have told me that lawyers have been citing my blog posts as authority in their arguments. One judge told me (laughingly, thank goodness) that she had stated her understanding of the law, and the lawyer responded, “No, judge, that’s not right; Judge Primeaux says …”
Well, as flattering as that is, let me set things straight.
I am not the authority here. I am merely pointing you to the authority. And what I am posting is my opinion of the authority. You should read the case or statute or rule for yourself, understand how it fits your particular case, and cast your net out for any other authority you can find to help your case. Your opinion may vary from mine.
I am not a legal scholar like Professor Bell, nor is my blog a hornbook. It’s a starting place. A place where you can go to be reminded of something you might have forgotten, or to have something called to your attention that you didn’t know about. From that basic point it’s up to you to turn that into something of benefit to your practice.
My ruminations here are no substitute for the exercise of your own legal skills. Take what I have written and let it lead you in a productive direction, keeping in mind that it will take you only so far until your own legal ability and talent must kick in to formulate the best approach and presentation for your client.
Don’t cite me or my blog as the authority. Cite the authority.