If you are an attorney who was raised in the northern U.S., but have practiced law in the South, have you noticed cultural differences in the way you are permitted to express yourself in courtrooms in the different areas?
I’ve practiced in Ohio and Utah and generally saw no appreciable difference in the way one expresses himself in the courtroom or on paper.
I have, however, experienced the occasional cultural difference between a jurisdiction that is heavy on the, shall we say “sophisticated (which is not wholly a compliment; check the etymology),” side and a jurisdiction that is more, shall we say, “salt of the earth (which is not wholly a slight; Matthew 5:13)”. Both kinds of jurisdictions have their strengths and weaknesses, their charms and turn offs, and one can stumble in either if he doesn’t know the territory and behave accordingly. I tend toward standing against mediocrity no matter where I am, so if I’m in a room of dullards I often struggle a bit.
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