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14 05, 2013

“PREPARATION AND CONFIDENCE REALLY SHOW”: COURTROOM LESSON #4

By |May 14th, 2013|Courtroom Lessons, Jury Selection, Pretrial Tips, Seattle University Law School, Trial Tips|0 Comments

Observing Pretrial Motions and Jury SelectionStudents in my semester-long Comprehensive Trial Advocacy course go to court, watch a day of trial and write a report about what they saw and learned. The students select from federal, state or municipal court, and they can choose either a civil or criminal share their observations. This article is [...]

11 01, 2012

FAVORABLE ATTRIBUTES OF A TRIAL LAWYER

By |January 11th, 2012|Jury, Jury Selection, Trial Tips|0 Comments

Through the Jurors’ EyesI asked my law students to put themselves in the jury box and ask what they as jurors would want to see in a trial lawyer. Three students came up with this nice list of attributes worth aspiring to project:• Credibility• Compassion• Capability• Clarity• Conciseness• Conscientiousness • Charm• Charisma

22 04, 2011

PRACTICAL ADVICE ON TRIAL PROFESSIONALISM

By |April 22nd, 2011|Bench Trials, Judge John Erlick, Jury Selection, Lower Bench, persuasion, Pretrial Tips, Professional Responsibility, Trial Tips|0 Comments

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 [...]

7 04, 2011

BOOKLET REVIEW OF VOIR DIRE

By |April 7th, 2011|Books, Jury Selection, Karen Koehler, Trial Tips|0 Comments

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 [...]

26 11, 2009

JUDGE’S EXPECTATIONS FOR TRIAL ADVOCACY

By |November 26th, 2009|Jury Selection, persuasion, Pretrial Tips, Trial Tips|791 Comments

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 [...]

24 06, 2009

PLAYING TO YOUR TRIAL AUDIENCE: THE JURY

By |June 24th, 2009|Cross-Examination, Humor, Jury Selection, Trial Tips|0 Comments

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 [...]

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