Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy 4th Edition provides the experience and approach to thinking, planning, and performing as a practicing lawyer. The book presents a wide range of practice situations and fosters the kinds of analytic processes and skills needed to perform trial work. Today’s lawyer must be fluent with technology for case organization and courtroom presentation, as well as with alternative forms of dispute resolution. The book provides these new tools while retaining the trial lawyer skills that remain very much the same as they have throughout the history of the legal profession.
Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy, 4th Edition, is divided into 14 chapters. Each chapter covers a separate trial subject area—persuasion, jury selection, opening statement, objections, and so on. Each chapter presents a theoretical and practical approach to the particular skill that is the subject of that chapter, provides illustrations of practice as applied to hypothetical situations, and offers a series of practical and strategic pointers in the subject area. Each chapter also includes a checklist of skills dealt with in the chapter.
Accompanying the book are Assignments which take students through the trial process in the context of the criminal and civil cases, both of which arise from a tavern shooting after which the victim dies. The assignments are intended for role play in professional workshops and legal education advocacy classes.
Table of Contents for Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy
Chapter 1. The Trial Toolbox: The Book, the Case Files, Trial Movie, and Website
Chapter 2. Persuasion Principles
Chapter 3. Case Theory and Theme Development
Chapter 4. Jury Selection: Two-Way Exchange
Chapter 5. Opening Statement: Storytelling
Chapter 6. Making and Meeting Objections
Chapter 7. Introducing Exhibits
Chapter 8. The Visual Trial and Today’s Technology
Chapter 9. Direct Examination: Building the Case
Chapter 10. Cross-Examination: Concession Seeking
Chapter 11. Expert Witnesses: Yours and Theirs
Chapter 12. Jury Instructions: The Jury’s Law
Chapter 13. Closing Argument: Art of Argument
Chapter 14. Trial Preparation and Case Management