LESSON # 5: DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN – AND DON’T LET EGOS GET IN THE WAY.
Litigating civil rights cases, especially high-profile ones, is hard work. You can’t do it alone – you need co-counsel to divvy up the work. And, you can’t do it well if you aren’t prepared to check your ego at the door and work cooperatively with co-counsel. Put aside your desire to be the “top dog,” and figure which of you is best suited for which task. (If that means you don’t get to argue before the US Supreme Court, so be it; remember that you need to act in the best interest of your client, not in the best interest of your reputation or ego.) A side benefit of this approach: you’ll have a much, much better time.
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