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ANATOMY OF LINCOLN’S MURDER TRIALS

George (Bob) Dekle’s book entitled Prairie Defender: The Murder Trials of Abraham Lincoln provides a brilliant anatomy of Lincoln’s murder trials. It is a great read on multiple levels. First, it reveals the true nature of Lincoln’s trial practice, debunking myths with solid evidence and providing an accurate description of his trial work. For instance, [...]

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’ [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

MEDIATION THE RIGHT WAY

This month, the King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin published Charles Burdell’s discussion of DON’TS for mediations. Charlie Burdell (pictured above waterskiing on Lake Washington August of last year) had a career in private practice. He later became a King County Superior Court Judge before becoming a full time arbitrator and mediator.  His helpful Bar [...]

CROSS-EXAMINATION HANDBOOK #1 BEST SELLER

Amazon best seller ranking lists Cross-Examination Handbook as number 1 in Trial Practice books.

NEW ADVOCACY WEBSITE UNVEILED

http://www.aspenadvocacybooks.com Website Refurbished The website for Wolters Kluwer (Aspen) books and movies by Berger, Mitchell and Clark has been overhauled and updated. The reasons for the refreshing of the website include not only the publication of the 3rd Edition of Trial Advocacy: Planning Analysis and Strategy and the 2nd Edition of Trial Advocacy: Assignments and [...]

CHAOTIC CROSS-EXAMINATION OF CONVICTED EX-GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH

Ex-Governor’s Evasions Apparent During Cross-ExaminationOn June 27, 2011, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was convicted of 17 of 20 public corruption counts. The ten wire fraud counts carry maximum penalties of 20 years each. The convictions can be attributed to great degree to an effective cross-examination by Assistant United States Attorney Reid Schar.A goal of [...]

AUTHORS ON A JAUNT

Trip to the San Juan IslandsBerger, Mitchell and Clark have teamed up over the years to write advocacy books. But, all is not work. For instance, here we are recently on a trip to the San Juan Island in the Northwest. Life is good.