by Jeri Kagel, M.Ed., J.D.
Trial Synergy, LLC
Wikipedia tells us that the term “Spring Cleaning” may date back to the Iranian Norouz – the Iranian New Year, which takes place on the first day of spring. The Iranian practice of Khouneh Tekouni (literally means “shaking the house”) or “complete cleaning of the house” is commonly performed before Norouz.
When I hear the phrase “Spring Cleaning” I am reminded that it is time to put my winter clothes away and take spring clothes out, to look through drawers and cabinets to decide what needs to be kept and what needs to be thrown out and to start scrubbing places always hard to get. For some reason, this time of year and this event (spring cleaning) also motivates me to take on projects around the house – painting a room, staining outside steps (this year’s project), or, admittedly, less often, doing something with the load of “stuff” we have amassed in the basement. With regard to my business, I often think of this as a time to get my affairs (billing, papers, even phone calls) in order.
What about litigation? What can this Litigator’s Playbook offer you regarding “spring cleaning”? Cleaning and organizing are the two areas associated with spring cleaning; both apply to litigation.