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TO BE A TRIAL LAWYER

It is important to get law students out of the classroom and have them watch the real lives of trial lawyers. For my Comprehensive Trial Advocacy course, Seattle University law students attend a day in trial and report on what they observed. Consistently they praise this courthouse visit. It is satisfying to read the students’ [...]

COURT REPORTERS: MAKING A RECORD

  We just finished a three-day intersession course entitled Essential Lawyering Skills at Seattle University Law School that focuses on professional communication, and a major component of the course deals with depositions. The law students read, receive a lecture on and discuss how to take and defend a deposition. As part of the instruction, Lori [...]

NEW LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING CASE BOOK AND CROSS-EXAMINATION

Talbot Publishing recently released my co-author Bob Dekle’s book entitled Lindbergh Kidnapping Case: A Critical Analysis of the Trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann. Although the Lindbergh kidnapping case has been written about innumerable times, never before has the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann been meticulously researched and analyzed. Bob and his co-author Jim Dedman have [...]

ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY PLAN

Your Electronic Discovery Plan: Rule 26 — Hidden Nuggets for the Savvy Litigator By Larry G. Johnson One of the most useful wonders of the world is the Swiss Army knife. I mean the one actually used by the Swiss Army, not the many, cute, tourist versions of same. I got one as a present [...]

MEDIATION PREPARATION CHECKLIST

  Judge Terry Lukens (Ret. King County Superior Court and pictured here) is a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS. He provides those with whom he will serve as the mediator with this Mediation Preparation Checklist, which you may find useful along with the checklist provided in Pretrial Advocacy 4th Edition: Mediation Preparation Checklist Judge Terry [...]

COURTROOM ATTIRE FOR WOMEN

This is a subject about which I’m totally unqualified to render an opinion. I’m perfectly comfortable discussing a man’s trial uniform. A man’s trial proper courtroom attire normally is a dark suit, white or blue shirt, a tie that may have a pattern but not a loud one, brown or black shoes coordinated with the [...]

SHOOTING IN A TAVERN ON A SATURDAY NIGHT

Today’s headline in the local newspaper is “Jury awards $3.7M to estate of Munchbar shooting victim.” The newspaper account describes how a jury awarded the estate of the deceased $3.5 million with the tavern being held responsible for 75% and other participants in a fight leading up to the shooting being responsible for the remaining 25%.  The shooter [...]

DAVID BOIES ADVICE TO TRIAL LAWYERS

  David Boies is America’s preeminent trial lawyer. His successes include cases, such as that against California’s Proposition 8 and the Microsoft antitrust case. In an interview with Katrina Dewey for Lawdragon,  he described his belief that it was an honor to make a living and a difference practicing law: “I’ve always believed that one [...]

DAVID BOIES’ ADVICE ON CROSS-EXAMINATION

  David Boies once again proved his preeminence as a cross-examiner in California’s Proposition 8 case. After driving out two of the other side’s experts when he took their depositions, Boies then turned the one remaining expert into his with his cross-examination at trial. How does David Boies over and over again conduct devastating cross-examinations? [...]

IMPORTANT COURTHOUSE DOG MANUAL NOW AVAILABLE

  An important manual concerning courthouse dogs has just become available to the public. Courthouse dogs provide emotional support for child and other vulnerable victims and witnesses in the legal system. In the not too distant past, vulnerable victims were given short shrift by the justice system. The manual recounts my experiences with children in [...]