By Kristen Sloan Maccini
As general practice lawyers, we employ a variety of professional skills in helping our clients to handle their legal challenges. Among other things, we research, interpret, write, negotiate, argue and advise. It is safe to say most of us have grown comfortable with this skill set. We operate in a sphere of influence, the foundation of which is legal authority from many sources, including federal and state statutes, municipal ordinances, regulations, bylaws and years of judicial precedent.