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LAST SUMMER READING FOR TRIAL LAWYERS – IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE BY JOEL J. SEIDEMANN

Great Opening Statements and Closing ArgumentsThis last recommended summer read – In the Interest of Justice – Great Opening and Closing Arguments of the Last 100 Years, HarperCollins Publishers, 2004 – is a gift to trial lawyers. The gift to trial lawyers is given by author Joel J. Seidemann, who is a Manhattan Assistant District [...]

TRIAL ADVOCACY WEB SITE

A Web Site Chock-Full with Valuable ResourcesPretrial Advocacy and Trial Advocacy is a Website designed to offer valuable resources for trial advocates, law professors, and law students learning about trial advocacy.This Advocacy Web site contains:Trial transcripts including personal injury and the Sonics’ trial;Juror questionnaire;Sample trial motion;Preview of the Freck Point Trial demonstration movie;Links to worthwhile [...]

MORE SUMMER READING – CONVICTIONS BY JOHN KROGER

Trial Lawyer SkyrocketLike a good courtroom adventure book with a fascinating protagonist trial lawyer? Then you’ll probably like Convictions, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, NY (2008), which just came out in paperback.As a career prosecutor (27 years in the King County Prosecutor’s Office in Seattle) I appreciate a good war story about trial work, and Kroger [...]

PLAYING TO YOUR TRIAL AUDIENCE: THE JURY

Juror Infuriated by Prolonged Cross-ExaminationWhat happened earlier this month in a Brooklyn courtroom is a reminder that trial lawyers must be ever mindful of the effects of what they do on their audience – the jury.The New York Times reported that a juror in a Brooklyn court could take it no longer after having sat [...]

CIVILITY IN PRETRIAL, TRIAL AND APPELLATE ADVOCACY

Principles of Civility, Integrity and ProfessionalismLast week I was at the University of Montana Law School teaching at their Advanced Trial Advocacy course and met Don Robinson. Don is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocacy, and during the course he lectured on civility and showed a video produced by ABOTA, which is [...]

TRIAL ADVOCACY: ASSIGNMENTS AND CASE FILES BOOK

Aspen Publications Releases New BookAspen Publications has released the new Trial Advocacy: Assignments and Case Files by Berger, Mitchell and Clark. The publisher would like to send you an examination copy of this Assignments book with the Case Files on a CD and a Teacher’s Manual if you may adopt it for your law school [...]