Trials: Strategy, Skills, and the New Powers of Persuasion / Edition 2

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In Trials, Second Edition, national trial authority Thomas Mauet has organized and clarified contemporary trial theory and practice, emphasizing the jurors’ perspective, the increased necessity of an effective opening statement, and the importance now given to visual presentation at trial.

With new material on the formalities of the courtroom setting—how lawyers conduct themselves before the judge and jury—the Second Edition of Trials features:

the latest research about jurors—how they process and evaluate people, information, and arguments, and how they reach collective decisions
crafting and presenting an effective opening statement, with a consistent emphasis on the opening statement’s strategic importance
annotated examples of highly effective opening statements from both the plaintiff’s and defendant’s attorneys
creating a visual strategy and using electronic media in opening statements, closing arguments, and expert testimony
a step-by-step methodology for effective trial strategy and preparation

• analyze the case
• develop a theory, story line, and theme
• create an emotionally compelling presentation
• use a trial preparation checklist and notebook to get organized

instruction and examples for jury selection, closing arguments, and bench trials (as well as other hearings)
logical sequence of topics that traces the stages of a jury trial
consistent internal chapter structure and pedagogy

The Law lays out the legal framework for each chapter
The Jury’s Perspective provides sociological or psychological context
• substantive exposition/instruction
Common Problems describe pitfalls to avoid at each stage of the trial

complimentary new DVD with a jury trial of Gable v. Cannon that demonstrates trial courtroom procedures, a trial notebook, exhibits, witness examinations, opening statements and closing arguments for civil commercial cases
• the Teacher’s Manual offers Thomas Mauet’s advice for organizing and teaching a jury trial advocacy program, including a two-week session and a three-day program

Timely and practical, Thomas Mauet explains and illustrates the strategy, analysis, and planning of trial litigation with the voice of both courtroom and classroom experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735577213
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 2/11/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 652
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Persuasion
Chapter 2. Strategy, Preparation, and Organization
Chapter 3. Jury Selection
Chapter 4. Opening Statements
Chapter 5. Direct Examinations
Chapter 6. Cross-Examinations
Chapter 7. Exhibits and Visual Aids
Chapter 8. Experts
Chapter 9. Closing Arguments
Chapter 10. Evidentiary Objections
Chapter 11. Bench Trials and Other Contested Hearings

Appendix: Federal Rules of Evidence

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