Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

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Philip is a trial attorney based in Jackson, Mississippi with a diverse civil litigation practice.

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Judge Primeaux on an Unforseen Time-Bomb in Divorce Litigation

Posted in Attorney Mental Health
I don’t even practice divorce law, and this post on Judge Larry Primeaux’s blog Tuesday gave me anxiety. The post discusses a recent Miss. Court of Appeals decision involving an attempt to modify a divorce decree after underlying assumptions underpinning a property division changed. Judge Primeaux explains: This case highlights the difficult position that litigants… Continue Reading

If You’re Working, it’s Not a Vacation

Posted in Attorney Mental Health
This lawyerist.com article by Randall Ryder takes on the topic of lawyers working while on vacation. Here’s the opening: Taking a vacation as a litigator (especially a solo litigator) can be difficult. Frankly, a vacation may not feel like much of a vacation. In today’s technological wonderland it’s easy to work from anywhere. The bad… Continue Reading

All Courts Should Announce When They Are Going to Rule

Posted in Attorney Mental Health, Mississippi Court of Appeals, Mississippi Supreme Court
Something the Mississippi Supreme Court and Mississippi Court of Appeals have right is how they release opinions. The Supreme Court issues opinions at 1:30 pm. every Thursday except for a few weeks a year (holidays, bar convention). The Court of Appeals issues its decisions at 1:30 pm. on Tuesday. I don’t know if they are… Continue Reading

What’s Your Wrong Wake-up Time?

Posted in Attorney Mental Health
A lot of attorneys have shared their stories with me since I started writing here about issues related to attorney mental health. There are two things I hear the most: practice-related anxiety is common–maybe even prevalent–but it’s not something lawyers like to admit to experiencing; lawyers have sleep problems. The sleep problems that I hear… Continue Reading

Legal Profession’s Drinking Problem – It’s the Job, Not the Culture

Posted in Attorney Mental Health, General
Last  week a friend emailed me this CNN article about this Journal of Addiction Medicine Article regarding substance abuse and mental health problems in the legal profession. From the CNN article by Patrick Krill, lead author of the study: The law has always been a magnet for hard-working, self-reliant, and competitive people who often prioritize… Continue Reading

Answers Elusive to Why So Many Lawyers Don’t Like their Jobs

Posted in Attorney Mental Health, General
A Business Insider article last week examined why so many lawyers are unhappy with their jobs. Reasons given included: crippling student debt it’s depressing lawyers must be cynical it’s boring it’s not fulfilling; and billing time sucks. My Take: All  these reasons have merit–at least from a litigation attorney’s perspective. I’ve always assumed that non-litigators… Continue Reading

Losing Sucks

Posted in Attorney Mental Health, General
You heard me. Losing a trial sucks. On multiple levels. Sorry if you don’t like my vocabulary. Even worse, a win does not even out a loss. Tennis great Andre Agassi described it as well as anyone that I’ve heard even though he was talking about tennis and not trials: Now that I’ve won a… Continue Reading