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Common Sense Rules Of Advocacy For Lawyers (Communication Series) Hardcover – April, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1587330056 ISBN-10: 1587330059

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"CSRA is my desert-island book. When another lawyer washes ashore, as in a New Yorker cartoon, I'll be ready." -- Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Litigation Law Section Newsletter, Fall 2004

"I recommend that trial lawyers have this book on their shelves for use as a refresher." -- Wisconsin Lawyer, September 2004

From the Publisher

This book was originally published in 1994 as a paperback by West Publishing as "The Common Sense Rules of Trial Advocacy." The book was revised and edited, and the Foreword and Appendix 3, "How to Succeed as a Lawyer," by Roland Boyd, are new to the 2004 edition, which is hardbound.
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Product Details

  • Series: Communication Series
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: TheCapitol.Net (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587330059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587330056
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By George R Dekle on December 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When this book was originally written, it bore the title "The Golden Rules of Advocacy," and the previous edition is still available under that name from Amazon.com. I discovered "Golden Rules" on a trip to England, where I found it on sale at the information desk of the Royal Courts of Justice in London. As a recently retired trial advocate of 32 years experience, I was interested in the English perspective on trial advocacy. I bought the book and read it straight through on the flight home from England and was greatly impressed by Evans' knowledge of the essentials of trial advocacy. When I discovered "Golden Rules" on Amazon.com, I wrote a glowing review.

Then I found "Common Sense Rules," and debated ordering it. I rightly suspected it was "Golden Rules" under another name. After some time, I gave in to the urge to purchase, and I have not regretted it. "Common Sense" is "Golden Rules" revised and expanded, and set forth in a much more user-friendly format.

I lament the change of title, however. The term "Golden Rules" conveys the high ethical standard set by the book far better than "Common Sense". You can have a head full of "Common Sense" and still be as crooked as a corkscrew. Despite my preference for the former title, I cannot fault the publisher for the change. Either term is equally applicable. Maybe the third edition could be entitled "The Golden Rules of Common Sense Advocacy".

Reading this book would profit any advocate of any experience level. Judicious application of the advice contained in the book will make anyone a better advocate.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Overhyped, poorly written. He should have spent more time on the book and less time trying to plug it by referencing it in reviews of other legal books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Lange on October 19, 2013
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This book gives you an excellent mental model for framing a strategy for conducting a case at law. In short the court Case is not a mechanism for discovering the truth/learing the facts of the case/seeing that justice is done. A court case is where two conflicting stories are conceived, built, and submitted to the Jury, who is then asked to decide which story (and sometimes which story teller) they like best. It also gives guidance on procedural matters as a jury will have no confidence in a story teller who is constantly being overruled by the court.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger on November 23, 2014
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Great tips for new trial lawyers, and entertaining reminds for those with experience.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hmmm on January 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Very small book, bullet points only that would probably fit on a single page single spaced. Like the toy books by the cash register at Borders, only 40. Was pissed when I saw it. They don't take it back. To say the points are "common sense" is an understatement. Think it's well worth between five and seven dollars-40 not so much!
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A previous 'reviewer' from Silver Srping must not have read the same book I did. (Or maybe they didn't read the book?)
Keith Evans states very clearly in his book that his rules will *seem* like common sense *after* you read them. And they do.
But that is the brilliance of Common Sense Rules of Advocacy: the author makes learning these rules effortless, like you knew them all along. Even though you didn't.
The testimonials in the first review by the publisher and the other reviews on the book's web site are right on. This is a valuable and easy to read book that anyone who must persuade others will benefit from reading.
Well worth the price of admission.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The rules in this book are easy to read and understand, but are more challenging to actually implement. To change habits requires practice, and this volume, with its style and format, encourages that necessary practice, by making it convenient to return to for review, study, and gentle reminders.
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