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Cross-Examination Handbook: Persuasion, Strategies, and Technique / Edition 2

Cross-Examination Handbook: Persuasion, Strategies, and Technique / Edition 2

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ISBN-13: 9781454852001
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date: 12/10/2014
Series: Aspen Coursebook Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 688,969
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Cross-Examination Handbook: Persuasion, Strategies, and Technique 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Munish Bharti More than 1 year ago
Cross-examination has been described as “the greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth.” JOHN H. WIGMORE, 5 WIGMORE, EVIDENCE §1367, at 32 (Chadbourn rev. 1974). Yet, according to authors Clark, Dekle, Sr., and Bailey, “[t]oo few trial lawyers are good at cross-examination.” Readers rejoice: this book provides the building blocks for preparing and conducting winning cross-examinations. This book explains the concession-seeking cross, basic impeachment concepts, and how to use visuals and exercise control over the recalcitrant, unruly witness. This book is an essential companion to: (1) LARRY POZNER AND ROGER J. DODD, CROSS-EXAMINATION: SCIENCE AND TECHNIQUES (LexisNexis 2d ed. 2004); (2) FRANCIS L. WELLMAN, THE ART OF CROSS-EXAMINATION (Macmillan Co. 4th ed. 1936); and (3) JAMES H. MCCOMAS, DYNAMIC CROSS-EXAMINATION: A WHOLE NEW WAY TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES TO WIN (Trial Guides 2011).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cross-examination is a critical part of litigation practice and often can be daunting to prepare for. For me, like for so many others, the great challenge of preparing for cross-examination lies in the fact that testimony and witnesses can be so unpredictable. The Cross-Examination Handbook does a great job of breaking down, preparing and building strategies for dealing with the unpredictability of testimony. This book is all about thorough, detailed and careful preparation, preparation that leads to success in the courtroom. The Cross-Examination Handbook is a tool that I have found incredibly powerful for my practice. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is critical for any trial attorney. Through this book, you not only master the cross examination, but you learn how to build your entire case theory for trial. You will learn to prepare, organize, and present your cross exam but moreover, you will learn to persuade and tell a story through your cross exam. The book is well organized, written concisely and precisely, and an essential tool for any trial attorney.
Ak82-JD More than 1 year ago
This book is THE QUINTESSENTIAL GUIDE for any lawyer or law student who wants to learn about, understand, and master the art of cross-examination. The authors combine their wealth of hands-on courtroom experience in producing a comprehensive and easy to understand guide that demystifies the complex and often misunderstood world of trial advocacy. The authors, each of whom are masters of trial practice, present the reader with a detailed (yet incredibly easy to follow) game plan that bridges decades of trial experience with creative approaches to effectively conducting cross-examinations in the modern era. I originally purchased this book one of the authors was my trial advocacy professor during law school and I felt that my library would be incomplete without this work; this book reminded me why each of the authors are some of the most revered and respected legal practitioners in the nation. This book is a MUST HAVE in any attorney or law student’s library.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in becoming more skillful in the art of cross-examination. The book lays out numerous techniques and strategies—including how to deal with issues that may arise when cross-examining a witness or expert. The authors succeed in making the study of cross-examination "come alive" by weaving in interesting case examples and providing on-point analysis. Each chapter contains practical methodologies, instructive checklists, and litigation tips—all geared to help the lawyer advance the client's case at trial.
Ethan_Morris More than 1 year ago
This book really should be called the Cross-Examination Bible. Clark, Dekle and Bailey have done the heavy lifting, amassing the best strategies and techniques for any trial lawyer or student.  First and foremost, don’t be fooled by the name. This book teaches so much more than just how to question a witness on the stand—including the fundamentals of building a case theory, and turning it into a story that will resonate with a jury. In terms of cross-examination, no stone is left unturned. This book breaks it down, showing how to identify the purpose of a cross, preparing questions, and executing it effectively for the jury. Every technique is illustrated with real-life examples from masters such as Clarence Darrow, F. Lee Bailey, and Abraham Lincoln, through transcripts of some of their most famous trials. I found the section on finding and using social media materials to impeach witnesses particularly illuminating, given how prolific people’s “digital” lives are becoming. This edition also features a great new section on visual storytelling, something that can make or break a case, including when and how to use photos, computer animations, charts or graphs.  In law school, I was an avid mock trial competitor. Oh that I wish I’d had this book then! As a new attorney starting my career in trial work, the Cross-Examination Handbook is one of the few textbooks that not only will I keep, but will refer to again and again.