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How You Learn, How You Work: Knowing Both Saves You Time, Money - Litigation News

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Posted on: Oct 21, 2014

By The Hon. Tim Oakes, Marion Superior Court

When I was a young freshman at Wabash College, I was struggling initially. I consulted upperclassmen and even books on how to study. Tech High School had came easily for me and now I found myself up against much better competition. One of the lines in a book I read was "know whether you are a sprinter or marathoner". In other words, are you a person who can sit and study for hours at a time without breaks or do you need to study in short intervals? It had never occurred to me that not everybody learns the same way.

Later, when I was a young lawyer, a friend quoted Mike Loveall, a lawyer from Johnson County, as saying, “You make more money on the cases you don’t take than on the cases you do." There are multiple points in that statement, but one is to know how you work. Knowing how you work will save you time and money and make you more efficient. Know what will work for you. 

This article discusses this concept in the form of emails and how you handle them. I don’t think one way is the right way for everyone, but taking the time to figure out what works for you might make you more productive as litigators inside the ever increasing demands of the current marketplace.

This article was written by The Hon. Tim Oakes, Marion Superior Court. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Litigation Section page, please email Mary Kay Price at


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