Client Communication with Opposing Party: Fifth Standard

Fifth Standard: Demonstrate an Understanding

If you really want to impress a Judge, assuming a Judge ever asked to see your communication, use this trick:

When responding verbally or in writing to the other party, first state what you understand their rationale to be.  After this, explain your rationale.

Example- Phone Conversation

Suppose a client had a conversation with the father of her son. At the time of the conversation, the father has the child with him for the Summer in Kentucky.
The client begins the conversation by stating, " I understand your work schedule does not allow you time to drive our son back to Minnesota and then drive home yourself." (This is a brief opinion of the father's rationale)
She continues, "However, the doctors said 'in light of his two prior sinus surgeries he should not be put on a plane.' You have to drive him.” (This is a brief explanation of the client's rationale)

Again with the concern for judicial transparency and for the sake of avoiding further problems that come from rash communication practices (which you may not realize have been your historical communication pattern) this communication tactic will protect and help you avoid further interpersonal issues with the other party in the matter.