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The How-To-Win Trial Manual - 4th Edition 4th Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1933833163
ISBN-10: 1933833165
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"A succinct, masterful approach to trying cases." --- Gregory P. Joseph, Partner, Gregory P. Joseph Law Offices LLC, New York, and Former Chair of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association (ABA).

"Judge Ralph Adam Fine s The How-To-Win Trial Manual is filled with fresh ideas. By giving lawyers a new point of view, Judge Fine s book will make them better advocates." --- Professor James W. McElhaney, Joseph C. Hostetler Professor of Trial Practice and Advocacy at Case Western Reserve Law School, Columnist for Litigation, the journal of the ABA Section of Litigation, and the ABA Journal.

I have read many trial books in my 25 years of trial practice. Judge Fine s Manual contains the most practical and reliable approach to a winning trial strategy I have seen. --- Timothy H. Herman, Senior Partner, Herman, Howrey & Breen, Austin TX, Past Chairman, Public Law Section, State Bar of Texas; Former Vice Chairman, American Bar Association, Litigation Section of Natural Resources and Environmental Law

About the Author

Ralph Adam Fine has been a judge on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals since 1988. He served as a trial judge from 1979 to 1988, and presided more than 350 jury trials. He was the presiding judge in the PBS Frontline production Inside the Jury Room, which was the first time jury deliberations in a criminal trial were filmed and broadcast. Judge Fine has taught trial-advocacy, evidence, and appellate-advocacy at over one-hundred continuing-legal-education programs around the country, at in-house trial-advocacy programs to law-firm litigation departments, and as Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C. In January of 1995, the University of Virginia School of Law honored Judge Fine with the Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr., Award for his contributions to the teaching of trial advocacy.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: JurisNet, Inc.; 4th Edition edition (June 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933833165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933833163
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,883,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judge Fine has to be given credit for writing an excellent book on how to effectively try a case. The substance of the book is a 5 but I rate it a 4 because the book has an unacceptable number of typograhpical and grammatical errors. These kinds of mistakes should not be in an Appellate Judge's book.

Judge Fine masterfully explains how to deliver an effective opening statement. He also makes the very important point that closing argument is all about giving the jurors that agree with your theory of the case the arguments that they need to pull the jurors that disagree with your theory of the case over to your side.

The chapters on direct and cross-examination outline battle-tested techniques that are instrumental in conveying one's theory of the case to the jury. These chapters challenge the lawyer to ask questions in a way where the jury already knows the answer to the question before the witness has a chance to respond. This subtly and powerfully reinforces the advocate's theory of the case to the jury.

The longer chapters on cross-examination could be written a little less "densely."

Every trial lawyer should buy this wonderful book!

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I'm a trial lawyer who has tried a couple of dozen cases. This book has very good for tips on advocacy and general use of courtroom rhetoric -- persuasive speaking and writing. I highly recommend this book to any serious lawyer. I definitely learned things. I also have some disagreements with the author. For example, he believes direct examination should be structured very similarly to cross examination so that the lawyer is doing most of the speaking (he has some techniques for how to get away with this by asking questions that, while not technically leading, accomplish the same purpose as leading questions). In my opinion, the jury does not like to hear the lawyers talk for their clients and wants to hear the testimony out of the witness's mouth. But it's only natural that there would be differences of opinion. Again, highly recommended.
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easy read, a bit repetitive in places but other than that good practical advice. too expensive though for an online book!
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