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The Elements of a Mindfulness Practice

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Mindfulness practices and the law have a lot in common. Both are pathways for moving from confusion and conflict to...

Integrating professionalism and social media in the age of lawyers that grew up with it

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(Editor’s Note: Allaa Tayeb, a 2022 graduate of Florida State University College of Law, was the winner of this year’s...

Ask Judge Smith: Civil Trial Orders

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Q. Judge Smith, how do you decide when to schedule civil cases for jury trials? What do you include in...

Be a kind lawyer

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My grandmother used to say: “Kill ‘em with Kindness, Jimmy!” As a child, my grandmother’s wise advice often went in...

The Mindful Lawyer: A License to Breathe

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It is said that mindfulness practices are simple, but not easy. The same can be said about relaxation practices. The...

Ask Judge Smith — Managing Cases, Part 3

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Q. Judge Smith, how do you approach reviewing case files and pushing the parties toward resolution? — Minnie A. By juggling...

Be a 50-year lawyer

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When you reach 50 years as a Bar member, The Florida Bar gives you a free lunch at the Annual...

Trial and Error: A Summer of learning as U.S. Judge Beth Bloom’s interns

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Trials. Sentencings. Cross-examinations. Prosecutors. Public defenders. For burgeoning first-year law students, such terms are abstract, referenced only in dense casebooks...

Ask Judge Smith — Managing Cases, Part 2

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Let’s compare a civil lawsuit to a game of chess. In chess, the object is to capture your opponent’s queen....

Ask Judge Smith — Managing Cases

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Q. Judge Smith, how have you handled the Florida Supreme Court’s emphasis on case management by trial judges in civil...