Winning at Deposition

Author: D. Shane Read
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781481104067
Format: PDF, Docs
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Winning at Deposition won the highest award available for legal publications: ACLEA's Award for Professional Excellence. The book won first prize from a field of over 300 entries submitted by continuing legal education publishers from across the USA. Written by the best-selling author of Winning at Trial, this book shows beginning and experienced attorneys how to win at deposition every time. With the first chapter explaining all the ins and outs of taking and defending a deposition, the remainder of the book reveals strategies that will help every lawyer vastly improve his deposition skills. Discover why much of the conventional wisdom about depositions is completely wrong, learn how to beat an expert witness every time, get innovative advice on witness preparation, and master the secrets that guarantee success with argumentative lawyers and lying witnesses.Unlike any other book, this one teaches from transcripts and videos of actual depositions. You will learn from the skillful techniques---and memorable failures---that occurred at the most famous depositions of all time, those of President Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, and O.J. Simpson. It's all here, clearly explained in an easy-to-understand format. In addition, the book provides detailed analysis of video depositions located at the book's website www.winningatdeposition.com.

Theater tips and strategies for jury trials

Author: David A. Ball
Publisher: Natl Inst for Trial Advocacy
ISBN:
Format: PDF
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"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.

The Deposition Handbook

Author: Dennis R. Suplee
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law and Business
ISBN: 9781454807988
Format: PDF
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Depositions are playing a more critical role in the litigation process. Make sure you have considered various tactics, strategies and potential problems when going into your next deposition. Tap into the vast experience of expert litigators with the Deposition Handbook, Fifth Edition, and gain valuable insights and skills including: Practical advice covering every stage of a deposition Techniques for eliciting information and effective questioning Video deposition guidelines Proven strategies, procedures, and case studies Rules governing conduct Sample questions And much more The Deposition Handbook delivers on being a truly user-friendly and concise guide offering expert advice on the strategies, tactics, and mechanics needed to handle depositions successfully. Get specific examples and scenarios covering: Whether counsel may interview an adverse party's current or former employees (§ 2.04) Private conferences between the deponent and counsel during the course of the deposition (§ 11.02) The pros and cons of "the usual stipulations" (§ 10.05 Questioning techniques including: Jumping from the specific to the general (§ 9.07) Posing the either-answer question (§ 9.08) Written from a litigator's perspective, it delivers insights into how to make sure the witness becomes a champion for your side of the case. Find out how to effectively prepare the witness to testify most effectively and what factors to consider in deciding whether to prepare the witness to do more than just answer the question. It is a must-read for every young trial attorney or a great refresher to even the most experienced litigator. Add the Deposition Handbook to your bookshelf today!

Turning Points at Trial

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Publisher:
ISBN: 9780985027117
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Award-winning author Shane Read interviews thirteen of the greatest lawyers in the country who share the secrets from their most interesting cases. Everything is covered from depositions to trials to appeals. Learn new strategies that you can apply immediately in your practice. Unlike other textbooks, you will learn trial skills from actual litigation battles, not from unrealistic hypotheticals. Additional video and audio materials discussed in the book can be found at www.TurningPointsatTrial.com.

Blown to Bits

Author: Harold Abelson
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
ISBN: 0137135599
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Every day, billions of photographs, news stories, songs, X-rays, TV shows, phone calls, and emails are being scattered around the world as sequences of zeroes and ones: bits. We can't escape this explosion of digital information and few of us want to-the benefits are too seductive. The technology has enabled unprecedented innovation, collaboration, entertainment, and democratic participation. But the same engineering marvels are shattering centuries-old assumptions about privacy, identity, free expression, and personal control as more and more details of our lives are captured as digital data. Can you control who sees all that personal information about you? Can email be truly confidential, when nothing seems to be private? Shouldn't the Internet be censored the way radio and TV are? is it really a federal crime to download music? When you use Google or Yahoo! to search for something, how do they decide which sites to show you? Do you still have free speech in the digital world? Do you have a voice in shaping government or corporate policies about any of this? Blown to Bits offers provocative answers to these questions and tells intriguing real-life stories. This book is a wake-up call To The human consequences of the digital explosion.

10 000 Depositions Later

Author: Jim Garrity
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781539056294
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Depositions are the new trial. Prepare accordingly. Top national trial lawyer Jim Garrity, with far in excess of 10,000 depositions under his belt, wrote this book - now in its second edition - after reading studies showing that the civil trial in our judicial system is on the verge of complete extinction. One legal scholar found that about only about one percent of all federal lawsuits now end in a trial. State court lawsuits have similarly fallen off the cliff. So now depositions truly are the new trials. That's because depositions are in most instances the only place any witness will ever testify. So your outcome will depend heavily, even exclusively, on deposition testimony. There are many books for sale about deposition strategies and tactics. So what hasn't been written already? The answer is, everything. The books, treatises and seminars previously on the market overwhelmingly address the mechanical aspects of depositions. They tell us to be sure to organize documents, to mark exhibits as we use them, and to work from an outline to make sure we don't miss anything. These "tips" are instinctive and most lawyers learn them in a law school trial practice course. That's not what you need. Garrity's view is that what trial lawyers really need are a set of tactics that have been battle-tested over and again, in thousands of cases and against the country's best lawyers. On this note, if you search his name in the federal PACER database in the two states where he practices, you'll see he's appeared in more than nine hundred federal cases. And because half his practice is in state courts, he conservatively estimates that he's appeared in more than 2,000 career cases. His practice area has always been high-volume and involves many depositions. The typical case involves between ten and twenty depositions; basic math tells us he's likely taken or defended in excess of 20,000 depositions over his career, but he opted for a conservative title in naming the book. Garrity's goal wasn't to add another book to the shelf about the basic mechanics of taking depositions. It was to discuss strategies and techniques you can't find in the rules. Over the course of thousands and thousands of depositions he's paid attention to what works and what doesn't, and made many changes, sometimes almost imperceptible, in the way he approaches them. Many of those changes lead to big payoffs. Some people say that if you focus on the basics you'll do just fine. Garrity thinks the opposite. If you're not looking for opportunities in the corners, where no one else is looking, if you're not looking for the micro-advantages that make a difference in the close cases and get you across the goal line, you're missing opportunities. This systematic approach is the difference between amateurs and pros. Small changes often result in the biggest gains. Professionals always look in the corners for micro-advantages. For example, professional athletes - once they establish their basic routines - immediately begin looking for ways to improve them. They devote enormous resources to finding advantages to improve their skills. It may be a slight adjustment to the way they run, the way they throw, the way they hold the bat, hold the club or kick the ball. Once they make those changes, they immediately begin looking for a way to make those changes even better. It never stops. Professionals in every occupation know that continued success demands a constant hunt for improvements. The practice of law is no different. Try the spectacular, often ingenious techniques in this book, and use them often, making your own adjustments to suit your style. If you are hesitant to implement them on a widespread basis, try them individually. You will see immediate, substantial differences in the effectiveness of your examinations.