A New Jersey appeals court on April 17 reinstated a legal malpractice suit against Bergen County Superior Court Judge Mary Thurber stemming from a probate case she handled before being appointed to the bench.
Teaching folks to "think like a lawyer" is not really all that necessary for their success as real, live lawyers. Apparently, a solid grasp of practice and procedure, a pleasant and effective personal manner, and good client skills will get you very far.
One of the most commonly overlooked rules of professional conduct is the obligation of an advocate to disclose adverse authority to the tribunal. Your recent article ("Rulings Conflict on Insurance for Teacher Accused of Abusing Special-Ed Students," Daily Report, April 16, 2015) dramatically illustrates the importance of that rule.
In the article "Rulings Conflict on Insurance for Teacher Accused of Abusing Special-Ed Students" (Daily Report, April 16, 2015), Mr. Craig Jones attributed the difference in the court opinions to "busy federal judges not paying attention" to "mind-numbingly boring" declaratory judgment actions.