Theater tips and strategies for jury trials

Author: David A. Ball
Publisher: Natl Inst for Trial Advocacy
ISBN: STANFORD:36105063692094
Release Date: 2003-09
Genre: Law

"In well-organized chapters on the trial's characters, rehearsal techniques, audience, props, plot, & point of view, Ball's book provides useful advice to novice & experience legal actors. "Even those who never try a jury case will learn a lot about audience persuasion which is a crucial skill in many theaters of a lawyer's life besides producer, theater professor & trial consultant has woven together a highly readable compendium of "how to's" & "how not to's" for trial lawyers. I highly recommend this book for trial attorneys with limited experience. Even seasoned trial attorneys will find Mr. Ball's book a valuable mini-refresher course. The book shows trial lawyers how to use concepts from theater to persuade & motivate. After all, there is no finer stage than the courtroom & no In this revised & expanded second edition, Ball provides practical guidance for voir dire, openings & closings, testimony, & focus groups. He describes what practitioners can learn from actors about their manner, voice projection, & behavior. He tells how to grab the jury from the beginning just as a good movie opening captures the audience. He details the preparation of your "cast" of witnesses so they testify clearly, credibly, & memorably. And he offers advice on telling your story so that it commands attention & motivates jurors to argue for your side.

David Ball on Damages

Author: David A. Ball
Publisher: Ntl Inst for Trial Advocacy
ISBN: 1556819404
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Genre: Damages


Trial Techniques and Trials

Author: Thomas A. Mauet
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 9781454888123
Release Date: 2017-03-12
Genre: Law

By far the most thorough and detailed of the books in the field, Trial Techniques and Trials, Tenth Edition is a comprehensive yet concise handbook that covers all aspects of the trial process and provides excellent examples illustrating strategies for opening statements, jury selection, direct- and cross-examination, exhibits, objections, and more. Extensive examples are clustered into three groups: personal injury, commercial, and criminal for ease in finding particular areas of trial practice. Tom Mauet, renowned for his skills both as a writer and litigator, breaks the trial process down into its critical components for better and quicker student comprehension.

Jury Duty Reclaiming Your Political Power and Taking Responsibility

Author: Michael Singer
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781440802706
Release Date: 2012-07-06
Genre: Political Science

Written by a legal scholar for the general reader, this book demystifies the institution of the jury and validates its political power, providing valuable insights for the more than 30 million Americans who receive a jury summons each year.

Trials Without Truth

Author: William T. Pizzi
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814768112
Release Date: 1998-12-01
Genre: Law

Reginald Denny. O. J. Simpson. Colin Ferguson. Louise Woodward: all names that have cast a spotlight on the deficiencies of the American system of criminal justice. Yet, in the wake of each trial that exposes shocking behavior by trial participants or results in counterintuitive rulings—often with perverse results—the American public is reassured by the trial bar that the case is not "typical" and that our trial system remains the best in the world. William T. Pizzi here argues that what the public perceives is in fact exactly what the United States has: a trial system that places far too much emphasis on winning and not nearly enough on truth, one in which the abilities of a lawyer or the composition of a jury may be far more important to the outcome of a case than any evidence. How has a system on which Americans have lavished enormous amounts of energy, time, and money been allowed to degenerate into one so profoundly flawed? Acting as an informal tour guide, and bringing to bear his experiences as both insider and outsider, prosecutor and academic, Pizzi here exposes the structural faultlines of our trial system and its paralyzing obsession with procedure, specifically the ways in which lawyers are permitted to dominate trials, the system's preference for weak judges, and the absurdities of plea bargaining. By comparing and contrasting the U.S. system with that of a host of other countries, Trials Without Truth provides a clear-headed, wide-ranging critique of what ails the criminal justice system—and a prescription for how it can be fixed.

Ziskin s Coping with Psychiatric and Psychological Testimony

Author: David Faust
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195174113
Release Date: 2012-01-12
Genre: Law

"This highly effective guide is designed to help attorneys differentiate expert testimony that is scientifically well-established from authoritative pronouncements that are mainly speculative. Building on the foundation of Jay Ziskin's classic work, this updated text blends the best of previous editions with discussion of positive scientific advances in the field to provide practical guidance for experts and lawyers alike. Major contributors in the field summarize the state of the literature in numerous key areas of the behavioral sciences and law. Working from these foundations, the text provides extensive guidance, tips, and strategies for improving the quality of legal evaluations and testimony, appraising the trustworthiness of experts' opinions, and as follows, bolstering or challenging conclusions in a compelling manner. Distinctive features of this text include detailed coverage of admissibility and Daubert challenges, with unique chapters written by an eminently qualified judge and attorney; hundreds of helpful suggestions covering such topics as forensic evaluations, discovery, and the conduct of depositions and cross-examinations; and two chapters on the use of visuals to enhance communication and persuasiveness, including a unique chapter with over 125 model visuals for cases in psychology and law. More than ever, the sixth edition is an invaluable teaching tool and resource, making it a 'must have' for mental health professionals and attorneys"--

Arbitration Advocacy

Author: John W. Cooley
Publisher: Ntl Inst for Trial Advocacy
ISBN: 1556817991
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Arbitration and award


The Ten Roads to Riches

Author: Kenneth L. Fisher
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470454404
Release Date: 2008-11-19
Genre: Business & Economics

Discover how your net worth can be worth more The Ten Roads to Riches takes an engaging and informative look at some of America's most famous (and infamous) modern-day millionaires (and billionaires) and reveals how they found their fortunes. Surprisingly, the super-wealthy usually get there by taking just one of ten possible roads. And now, so can you! Plenty of books tell you how to be frugal and save, but The Ten Roads to Riches tells you how you can, realistically, get super-rich. Throughout these pages, renowned investment expert and self-made billionaire Ken Fisher highlights amusing anecdotes of individuals who have traveled (or tumbled) down each road, and tells you how to increase your chances of success. Whether it's starting a business, owning real estate, investing wisely, or even marrying very, very well, Fisher will show how some got it right and others got it horribly wrong. Find out the right questions to ask when starting your own business-the richest road of all Learn what Mark Cuban, Rupert Murdoch, and rapper Jay-Z have in common, and how you can emulate them Discover how to avoid high-profile flameouts like the Enron guys and jailed plaintiffs' lawyer Melvyn Weiss Whether you're just beginning to plan your financial future or well on your way, The Ten Roads to Riches can show you how to gain and, more importantly, maintain the wealth you want.

Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense

Author: Linda Friedman Ramirez
Publisher: Juris Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781578232710
Release Date: 2010-08-01
Genre: Law

The one essential treatise for representing immigrant and diverse clients, up to date with Padilla v Kentucky, with jurisprudence and practice tips relevant to all stages of representation, from interviewing clients to handling post conviction and relief. This treatise will be of interest to public defender offices as well as private practitioners.Keeping pace with the rapidly changing face of America, Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense -3rd edition is the complete reference guide to one of the most challenging and topical subjects in contemporary criminal law. Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense is an indispensable book for the criminal defense lawyer representing people from other cultures, nationalities or ethnic backgrounds. Lawyers defending these individuals face a host of characteristic concerns that include cultural barriers to communication, the need for qualified interpreters, unique Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues, cultural defenses, issues involving Native Americans, the immigration consequences of a conviction, and distinctive sentencing issues. Packed with practice tips and helpful precedent cases, Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense is the only book on the market that walks the practitioner through these issues in a clear, comprehensive and systematic way. Extensively updated and expanded for its third edition, the guide now includes chapters on stimulating new subjects such as consular assistance issues, gathering evidence abroad, language proficiency concerns and international prisoner transfers.

Tongue Tied America

Author: Robert N. Sayler
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 9781454849728
Release Date: 2014-07-11
Genre: Law

This concise, practical text focuses on the art and craft of persuasive oral argument. It explores why people are ill-at-ease with public speaking and addresses why the problem exists, why it matters, and what to do about it. The authors, teachers of oral advocacy who have broad trial experience as well, maintain that everyone can master basic oral advocacy, and they skillfully and in an engaging style guide the reader through the steps necessary to do so. Tongue-Tied America: Reviving the Art of Verbal Persuasion will make an excellent supplement to any Advocacy course, but anyone who ever speaks in front of other people formally or informally will find it an enlightening and valuable resource. This highly readable text draws from the teachings of masters of rhetoric and uses techniques from several disciplines. It includes: Explanations of the essential principles of speech writing derived from classical rhetoric and psychology. The authors look at the methods great speakers use to persuade their audiences and discuss tactics for addressing and persuading different types of audiences. Keys to successful public speaking, including psychological insights and strategies taken from the theater. Step-by-step guidance through the process of writing a speech , including an explanation of the function of different kinds of speeches and the unique requirements of writing the spoken word. How to deliver a speech effectively What to do with your hands and feet Avoiding verbal ticks (such as um and uh ) Developing an awareness of cadence Connecting with the audience Exercises for improving voice and overcoming stage fright Beginning and ending a speech with force and interest Tips and checklists Numerous practical examples, which the authors analyze in-depth, that illustrate what works in public speaking and what doesn t. The final chapter examines a number of iconic speeches that were delivered for a variety of reasons and explains why they work. A companion website and video that illustrate how to deliver a speech well.