About Teleconferences: Free Member Benefit
Dates of, and the way to access, teleconferences are shown on your Member Home Page.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, comments or concerns, but remember that we cannot give you legal advice – and that what you said will be heard by possibly many people, so nothing you say is really confidential – protect your privacy as you see fit. If you want to bring up questions or issues ahead of time, your best option is to use the form below to contact the moderator directly, or email at info @YourLegalLegUp.com. Contacting us before teleconferences really should be a pretty rare thing, though. The point of the teleconferences is to get real-time responses that allow for questions and answers, and we are reluctant to give specific legal advice – therefore, an email should really only involve some more complicated question where we would need time to do some research.
Please note in the body that you are a teleconference participant. You’re welcome to bring up questions, comments or issues during the teleconference or just listen to what others have to say.
We have a few rules we want you to follow. See below for the rules and their reasons.
We have just a very few rules regarding teleconferences. Most of them are for obvious reasons, and here they are.
- No last names. This is a way to protect you in that very unlikely event that we have spies, or that someone might market to you without you wanting it.
- No admissions. We don’t want you to admit anything that would hurt your case while on teleconference. We don’t think that’s likely to cause you any direct problems, since the possibility of spies is very unlikely, but the “no admissions” rule is more about forming good habits and avoiding bad ones. You will find yourself in situations in your case where you are invited to say things that would hurt your case. We want you to have a deeply ingrained habit of refusing to do so. That starts here.
- When I start speaking, you stop speaking. That sounds rude, doesn’t it?! But it is amazing how long a question can go either without reaching a point, or after a point is made. A big part of my job is to keep the conversation on track, and I have to interrupt in order to do that. It bores and annoys people to have to listen to things that miss the point too long, and it’s hard for me to keep everything in mind when the question is too long.
- When I get it wrong, you interrupt and correct me. Sometimes I cut you off but then turn out to misunderstand what you wanted to know. You should let me know without letting me go on too long for the same reason that I want you to stop speaking when I start – we want to keep things on track.
A Little Warning
One thing about law school and perhaps other ways I’ve been trained, I’m used to speaking my mind and hearing others. I’m not saying I’ll ever insult anyone, but if I think you’re mistaken or taking a wrong turn, it’s my job to set you straight, right? I try to do that with respect, but it can sometimes seem abrupt. I don’t want you to take that personally.
I will never want to hurt anybody’s feelings or criticize their efforts. But my statements may not always reflect that desire as well as they should. Forgive me and move on. And if I say something where you are left feeling foolish, remember that that happens sometimes. People make mistakes, and you will make a few. Forgive yourself and move on – once it happens, our goal is to minimize the damage of any mistake, right?