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Legal Intelligence

What’s the secret? Why is that person so much more successful than everyone else? What does he have? What does she know? These questions are familiar to most people. However, the answers are not.

Your search for these answers should include examining the concept of EQ. EQ is a person’s Emotional Quotient. Emotional Quotient (EQ), is how a person’s Emotional Intelligence is measured. It is the emotional version of a person’s IQ (Intellectual Quotient)

For many years, it has been believed that EQ is the most important indicator of a successful leader. Below are posts related to EQ and the closely related concept of social intelligence as they related to lawyers. The application of these concepts to the practice of law is what I call Legal Intelligence (LQ)…

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The Know-Believe Gap

I am going to tell you something you don’t believe.  I didn’t believe it.  But sadly, I came to learn it’s true. And it’s terrible. It’s destructive.  Terribly destructive…to our democracy.   The kicker, we didn’t even know we believed it. Who does our Constitution protect against?  Before you answer that, let me share my observation.  People, lots of people, keep reading »

Black and white cowboy hats

In westerns, you can tell the difference between the hero and villain in a second.   The hero is wearing the white hat.  The villain is wearing the black hat.  This symbolism immediately identifies and contrasts the “righteous” and “wicked.” Our mind is wired to automatically give meaning to whatever is before your eyes.  You see two keep reading »

Fairness…Part 2

    You know what the word fairness means. So do the people sitting to your right, and so do the people to your left. The problem is, you don’t know what each other means when the word is spoken. You may assume that everyone has a common understanding when they say a process was “fair”. However, in truth, each keep reading »

Innocent or Not Innocent

Under the rule of law, you start presumed innocent.  This is true in every criminal case.  If the prosecution does not prove their allegations, beyond a reasonable doubt, then the law requires a verdict of not guilty.  When this occurs, the status quo remains in place – innocence. Does this mean that “not guilty” and “innocent” are the same thing?  keep reading »


Fairness is a complicated picture to paint. If you put a group of people in a room, they could probably agree upon a definition of fairness.  However, it is unlikely they will all agree what “fairness” should look like in any given situation. Thus, when a person says they can be “fair and impartial” that doesn’t reveal much.  Other than keep reading »

Making things pretty

You make things the way you want them to be.  I mean…you try to. Hemingway ends one of his most famous novels with the line: “isn’t it pretty to think so.”  His story shows us how we all color our what ifs with our wants, needs and fears. Hemingway’s art metaphorically reflects our need to believe our world views – regardless keep reading »

The difference between standing and sitting

The dictionary defines “Grit” as “courage and resolve; strength of character”. However, these words are inadequate. Grit is the difference between standing up after being knocked down or staying put. It is something inside you that says “yes” when the person you’re standing nose-to-nose with unfairly says “no”. Grit drives you towards what you believe at your core Grit… keep reading »

Default is a choice

Justice is a system.  It is a constellation of related principles and structures forming a complex network.  It is supposed to result in a product which furthers our ideals.  The courtroom is the factory floor of the system. It is an amazing place.  Every morning you can experience the best of us…and the worst. Like any other system that deals… keep reading »

Democracy requires…

…challenging things you do not want to believe are true. We want to believe that our government will do the right thing all the time. History shows however, even our great Republic, this not the case. Such desires make us feel secure. These desires color our unconscious thinking. They position our viewpoints. It is just easier to live in a… keep reading »

You abhor a vacuum

Aristotle told us “nature abhors a vacuum.” The basic hypothesis goes – nature will fill an empty space; and unfilled spaces are unnatural. It’s validly rests upon the premise that there is no such thing in nature as a “void.” However, over time science has concluded there is more truth to this in psychology than in physics. There are voids.… keep reading »