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SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS – TRIAL ADVOCACY AND EVIDENCE SKILLS

Successful Trial and Evidence Skills and Strategies PresentationsSOUTH LAKE TAHOE, NEVADA Been on the road this week. On Wednesday, we were on the top floor of Harvey’s – from there the view of Lake Tahoe is spectacular. My subject for the afternoon’s half-day presentation is “Premier Trial Skills and Strategies.” Executive Director for the Nevada [...]

SOON TO BE RELEASED – TRIAL ADVOCACY: ASSIGNMENTS AND CASE FILES

New Book and Materials for Mock Trials and Trial Performance AssignmentsThe 2nd Edition of Trial Advocacy: Assignments and Case Files will be available at the beginning of July. Assignments and Case Files provides both a criminal homicide and a related civil wrongful death case that can be used for mock trials and/or for 86 role-playing [...]

COMING SOON -TWO NEW TRIAL ADVOCACY BOOKS

New Third Edition of Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy and Second Edition of Trial Advocacy: Assignments and Case FilesEarly this summer, Wolters Kluwer (Aspen) will release the new editions of Trial Advocacy:Planning, Analysis, and Strategy and companion book Trial Advocacy: Assignments and Case Files by Berger, Mitchell and ClarkA leader in the field, TRIAL [...]

PRACTICAL ADVICE ON TRIAL PROFESSIONALISM

The Courtroom Culture A successful trial lawyer adapts to the courtroom culture. While protocols vary somewhat from courthouse to courthouse and even courtroom to courtroom in the same courthouse, minimum standards of conduct do exist. In the following article, King County Superior Court Judge John P. Erlick provides concrete advice concerning those standards. His advice [...]

BOOKLET REVIEW OF VOIR DIRE

Jury Selection Booklet by Karen KoehlerStumbled across this gem of an 85-page booklet on jury selection, and it’s free. It is published on the website of the plaintiffs’ personal injury law firm of Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio. The booklet, Voir Dire (December 2010), was written by Karen Koehler (pictured to right), known to some of [...]

TRIAL LAWYER, TEACHER AND PRINCE

To Know Him Was To Love HimThe Great Dan McCarthy died on Valentine’s Day, and he’s probably up there with some wry remark about that. Dan was a Bronx Assistant District Attorney whom I had the great good fortune to get to know when I worked for the National College of District Attorneys and he [...]

CIVILITY CREED

A Creed to Guide Professional ConductCivility is not a new subject here – see earlier post. Just attended the first of three sessions at Seattle University Law School on civility. I sat next to and visited with Judge Harry McCarthy who was there as a speaker. Judge McCarthy served on the Professionalism Committee of the [...]

Bench Trial Advocacy – Article by Dean Paul Holland

The article Sharing Stories: Narrative Lawyering in Bench Trials, 16 Clinical Law Review 195 (2009), provides insights into what is and what isn’t effective advocacy in a bench trial. The author of the article is Paul Holland, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law at Seattle University Law School. Besides his duties [...]

JUDGE’S EXPECTATIONS FOR TRIAL ADVOCACY

Superior Court Judge Timothy Bradshaw’s Web SiteBefore going to trial, a trial lawyer wants to get to know what the judge likes and dislikes. This can be a challenge because procedures and customs vary from courthouse to courthouse and courtroom to courtroom in the same courthouse. Judge Timothy Bradshaw, of King County Superior Court, informs [...]

PRETRIAL AND TRIAL ADVOCACY WEB SITE

Visit www.aspenadvocacybooks.com for Valuable Resources Pretrial Advocacy and Trial Advocacy is a Website that gives valuable resources to trial advocates, law professors, and law students.For PRETRIAL ADVOCACY the Web site provides the following useful material:Justice Paul Anderson’s article: “Fielding Difficult Questions from the Bench;”Sample Complaints;Sample Answers;Sample Motions – Motion to Compel and Motion for Summary [...]