Author: David A. Ball
Release Date: 2017-10-31
Genre: Trial practice
In Theater for Trial, David Ball and Joshua Karton use their extensive professional theater experience to give you practical exercises and strategies for connecting yourself, your case, and your witnesses with the jury. They provide tools available to any attorney—such as voice, presentation, and story structure—and show how to empower juries to take responsibility for righting a wrong. This book teaches you how to turn every trial into a powerful production that authentically calls forth your best asset: the simple truth, clearly and effectively communicated. Ball and Karton also teach you how to arm jurors to fight for you in deliberations. They offer techniques to improve how you prepare witnesses, create exhibits, present your client, select jurors, and conduct yourself in ways that frame the facts and the law to best engage your audience: the jury. Ball and Karton combine decades of intensive trial experience with cases from the smallest counties to the halls of the Supreme Court, with lessons from the stage and screen to optimize every moment you’re in trial.
Author: Laura Mathis
Publisher: Amer Bar Assn
Release Date: 2011
For the lawyer, research and written communications are only half the battle. In this innovative book you ll learn how to develop and use stage presence, use an actors voice and gestures, develop characters for different audiences, deliver effective speeches, adopt the role of talk-show host for depositions, improvise in unprepared situations, be the acting coach for your witness, use monologue skills in your closing arguments, and even take the perfect professional photo!"
Gerry Spence is perhaps America's most renowned and successful trial lawyer, a man known for his deep convictions and his powerful courtroom presentations when he argues on behalf of ordinary people. Frequently pitted against teams of lawyers thrown against him by major corporate or government interests, he has never lost a criminal case and has not lost a civil jury trial since l969. In Win Your Case, Spence shares a lifetime of experience teaching you how to win in any arena-the courtroom, the boardroom, the sales call, the salary review, the town council meeting-every venue where a case is to be made against adversaries who oppose the justice you seek. Relying on the successful courtroom methods he has developed over more than half a century, Spence shows both lawyers and laypersons how you can win your cases as he takes you step by step through the elements of a trial-from jury selection, the opening statement, the presentation of witnesses, their cross-examinations, and finally to the closing argument itself. Spence teaches you how to prepare yourselves for these wars. Then he leads you through the new, cutting-edge methods he uses in discovering the story in which you form the evidence into a compelling narrative, discover the point of view of the decision maker, anticipate and answer the counterarguments, and finally conclude the case with a winning final argument. To make a winning presentation, you are taught to prepare the power-person (the jury, the judge, the boss, the customer, the board) to hear your case. You are shown that your emotions, and theirs, are the source of your winning. You learn the power of your own fear, of honesty and caring and, yes, of love. You are instructed on how to role-play through the use of the psychodramatic technique, to both discover and tell the story of the case, and, at last, to pull it all together into the winning final argument. Whether you are presenting your case to a judge, a jury, a boss, a committee, or a customer, Win Your Case is an indispensable guide to success in every walk of life, in and out of the courtroom.
Author: Bruce B. Whitman
Release Date: 2014-03-01
The most important people in any courtroom are the jurors. Unfortunately, jurors are often hiding from the lawyers, knowingly or unconsciously repressing their innermost feelings. This repression, unexposed, can doom even the best cases and lawyers to defeat. With more than 30 years of experience in front of juries, Whitman explains how to use proven psychological and psychiatric principles and methods in the courtroom to lead the jury to a verdict and damage award for the plaintiff. He explains how such principles as transference, positive regard, unity, group dynamics, and humanism can overcome natural juror resistance to awarding large ? or even small ? damages and verdicts. He explains how to incorporate the strategies of respected trial scientists, such as David Ball ("Damages") and Rick Friedman ("Rules of the Road"), into his own psychology-based methods to maximize the chance of success in the courtroom. Whitman's thesis is that instead of focusing on their own performance and inner struggles, the most successful trial lawyers concentrate on what the jurors need from the lawyer and how the jury perceives the trial.
Author: Jeffrey T. Frederick
Publisher: Amer Bar Assn
Release Date: 2011
This much anticipated and expanded Third Edition by one of the nation's most experienced trial consultants goes beyond other books on jury selection and focuses on the skills needed to conduct effective voir dire and jury selection, ultimately improving your chances of a favorable verdict at trial. This valuable guide will help you understand effective voir dire and jury selection strategies and adapt them to the unique circumstances you face in your trial jurisdiction.
Author: Kerri L. Ruttenberg
Release Date: 2018-02-07
Packed with hundreds of full-color graphics, Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals is a "must-have" for trial lawyers to help turn trial themes into visual images that juries are more likely to understand, believe, and remember. The book analyzes key visual communication tools such as maps, timelines, graphs and photos, addressing what works and why, and teaches graphic design basics to help presenters improve their own visuals. It also offers strategic tips for high and low-tech presentations, provides advice on spotting misleading visuals, and surveys federal and state law on demonstrative evidence across the country.
Author: Paul Mark Sandler
Publisher: Amer Bar Assn
Release Date: 2011
Anatomy of a Trial examines the key phases of jury trials (voir dire, opening statements, direct and cross-examination, and closing arguments) in the context of two particular cases, one criminal and the other civil. The criminal case involves highly complex subjects and law, and examines simplification and storytelling for the jury. The civil case illustrates the credibility of witnesses, and also showcases the critical importance of experts in trials of a technical nature.
Author: Mark S. Curry
Release Date: 2017-08-27
Trial Fundamentals is a concise and practical handbook setting forth the nuts and bolts of trying a (non-criminal) case before a jury or the court. It covers not only basic trial procedure and the rules of evidence commonly used in the courtroom, but also explains basic strategies and trial skills necessary to try a case, such as tips on how to select a jury, how to effectively cross-examine and impeach a witness, and strategies for making a persuasive closing argument. Using California's rules of evidence and procedure for reference, the handbook follows the natural progression of a trial from the motions in limine through jury deliberation, and everything in between. Written by a Superior Court judge in California with more than 30 years of courtroom experience, the handbook includes explanation and commentary on the following areas: * In limine motions* Jury selection* Opening statements* Direct examination* Cross-examination* Witness impeachment* Witness rehabilitation* Expert witnesses* Hearsay* Character evidence* Courtroom evidence* Trial objections* Closing argument* Deliberations In addition, the handbook contains numerous "trial tips," practical real-world suggestions by the author concerning courtroom presentation and trial etiquette, not found in other more formal trial treatises. Because a substantial portion of the handbook is devoted to basic trial skills and strategies, and because California's rules of evidence mirror, or are very similar to, many other jurisdictions, the handbook is also useful to practitioners outside California. The handbook is meant to set forth the basic fundamentals of a trial, both procedural and practical, in a concise, and easy-to-follow format. It is an excellent refresher for experienced trial counsel and a good learning resource for the less-experienced and law students learning the trade. For the fundamentals of a criminal trial see Criminal Trial Handbook, also published by the author.
Author: Thomas M. Melsheimer
Release Date: 2018-09-15
Two outstanding Texas trial lawyers--one now an equally respected district judge--have written On the Jury Trial, a "must have" reference for any trial lawyer aspiring to excellence or seeking to maintain it. Topics include voir dire, opening statement, preparing witnesses, cross examination, using exhibits, closing argument, jury research, and more, with excellent examples and "do's and don'ts" provided throughout. Think of this book as the senior law partner's memo to associates on how to really try a case. Looking for fly-on-the-wall insight into world-class trial preparation and strategy? Here it is. A behind-the-scenes tour of the inner workings of the judicial process? This book has you covered. Its combination of advice, illustration, and commentary is every bit as valuable as it is unique. Every litigator should have this book on the shelf, no matter the state in which they practice.
Author: David A. Ball M. D.
Publisher: CrossBooks Publishing
Release Date: 2010-01
As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow says in “A Psalm of Life,” “(The) lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time.” But one man, a man called Jesus, claims to have shown us how to transcend the sands of time that inexorably slip through our fingers like the sands of an hourglass. This man Jesus, who declares to be the Son of God, teaches us the paradoxical secret of this timeless life is dying! The enigmatic story of this peasant born child turned king has stirred the hearts of men and women for nearly 2000 years but at the same time has provoked the fury of many others. His life is associated with miraculous healing, prophetic fulfillments, and profound teachings but these are not the issues which provoke such conflicting views. The controversy surrounding His life centers on His claim of divine origin and equality with God. And nowhere is this more pointedly debated than with His alleged crucifixion, death, and resurrection. These events (specifically, the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus) have piqued my curiosity and stimulated my study for many years and have led, through a circuitous route, to the book you now hold.