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Winning at Trial (Winner of ACLEA's Highest Award for Professional Excellence) 1st Edition

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Shane Read has written an excellent book that will be most helpful to the bench and bar for many years to come. I wish he had produced this gem 50 years ago so I could have used it when I was a trial lawyer. It would have also made easier my job as a trial judge if the attorneys had the benefit of Winning at Trial when preparing their cases. Shane draws upon his unique experiences as a civil trial lawyer, prosecutor and law professor to set forth in an original and practical way the skills needed to win in the courtroom. --Robert F. Chapman, former U.S. District Judge, retired U.S. Circuit Judge

Shane Read takes a fresh view of the art of persuasion at trial and challenges some of the basic assumptions about what is effective advocacy. Mr. Read s text is a refreshing and thought-provoking analysis that is bound to change the thinking of lawyers and teachers about the art of trial advocacy. The book contains analysis of transcripts of the Timothy McVeigh trial and includes over three hours of video (DVD) of the Simpson trial. --Frederick C. Moss, Assoc. Prof. of Law, Dedman School of Law

Shane Read takes the mystery out of learning trial skills in this unique book, sure to revolutionize the way trial skills are taught. . . . In Winning at Trial, readers study actual trials where techniques are either executed at such a high level of excellence or so badly demonstrated that those skills needed to master winning techniques will never be forgotten. --Eric H. Holder, Jr., former U.S. Deputy Attorney General

About the Author

Shane Read is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Texas School of Law. He began his legal career in 1989 at Akin Gump in Dallas, Texas, before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. from 1992-1998. Since 1998, he has worked at the U.S. Attorney s Office in Dallas. He has been lead counsel on countless civil and criminal trials over the past eighteen years. In addition, he has served as lead counsel for numerous oral arguments before appellate courts. He has also held a wide variety of teaching positions during his career. He is currently an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Here he has taught Trial Advocacy, coached mock trial teams, and currently is teaching a unique seminar on trial strategies. He has also taught both new and experienced lawyers at NITAs seminars on trial skills and at the Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: LexisNexis / National Institute for Trial Advocacy; 1st edition (June 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160156001X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601560018
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My latest book, Winning at Deposition, has been reviewed by judges as a "cutting-edge litigation masterpiece." I am also the author of the best selling textbook, Winning at Trial. Both of my books have won the prestigious Association for Continuing Legal Education's (ACLEA) top award for Professional Excellence. ACLEA is the largest association of continuing legal education professionals and its award is the highest award available for law books.

I graduated with a B.A. in political science from Yale University in 1986 and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1989. I began my career at Akin Gump in Dallas. Since 1992, I have been both a criminal prosecutor and civil attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. and Dallas.

I have been an adjunct professor at S.M.U. School of Law since 1998 where I currently teach Trial Advocacy. I also teach at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and at seminars throughout the country. The views in my books are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling with my family, playing the guitar and singing country music, and jogging with two not so well-behaved Shetland Sheepdogs.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By D. Tittle on October 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have been a trial lawyer for 18 years and have tried numerous cases to verdict. I like this book so much because it is the first trial advocacy book that contains video of trial skills as seen in a real trial. The book has almost 4 hours of video from the O.J. Simpson trial to compliment the author's analysis of transcripts of actual trials to teach trial skills. Also, the DVDs are extremely easy to navigate.

So, instead of using hypothetical scenarios to teach lawyers like other textbooks (such as Mauet's Trial Techniques) which are often unrealistic, the author draws on countless examples from real trials. For example, in Chapter 5, the author teaches how to cross-examine a witness by giving a detailed analysis of a cross-examination used in a civil trial. Then, the author provides study questions for you to consider as you watch six video excerpts from four different attorneys conducting cross-examinations in the Simpson trial. The video clips for cross-examination alone total over 35 minutes. You must read this book before your next trial.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By George R Dekle on March 8, 2008
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A journeyman knows the mechanics of his trade where a master craftsman knows not only the mechanics, but the theory behind his trade. It is easy to see that the author of this work is a master craftsman as well as a master teacher.

"Winning at Trial" gives clear, concise guidance on how to navigate the turbulent waters of a trial without running aground. Mr. Read teaches not only the basics, but also the nuances of courtroom performance, and does so with concrete, real-world examples from actual cases. The information is presented within the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's model for trial advocacy, and that model is an excellent one.

I particularly liked Mr. Read's handling of cross examination. His description of the objectives of cross examination was very good, his instruction on how to impeach by prior inconsistent statement was sound, and he gave an excellent analysis of when and how to ask the ultimate question.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dallas Attorney on July 19, 2007
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I am a third year law student whose team has won a Regional Mock Trial Championship and competed in a National Competition. I have read several books on trial techniques that have proven to be disappointing. Winning at Trial is an excellent and practical guide written by an experienced and insightful trial attorney. In a clear and straightforward manner, Shane Read takes you through each major stage of the trial and provides helpful examples and spot-on analysis. Not only does Winning at Trial concisely instruct an attorney on how to litigate a case, it teaches how to win as well.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 6, 2007
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D. Shane Read, an experienced legal professional and adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, commits his wisdom to paper in Winning at Trial, a text ideal for legal courses and self-study alike. Chapters cover basic trial strategies, Voir Dire, tips tricks and techniques for the phases of the trial (opening statements, direct examination, cross examination, and closing arguments), exhibits and objections, and much more. Numerous examples illustrate Read's practical and experience-tested recommendations. "If your case has many witnesses, take a digital photograph of each witness when she is in the witness room before she testifies. Having the photograph will help you immensely in closing argument. When you summarize an important part of a witness' testimony, you can project the photograph on your screen in the courtroom. This will aid the jury in recalling exactly which witness you are referring to and help you refresh the jurors' memory regarding her testimony." An accompanying DVD rounds out this highly recommended text for legal professionals of all skill and experience levels - even courtroom veterans are sure to discover a useful tidbit.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Atom on November 9, 2007
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Finally, a trial advocacy book that teaches skills by looking at video and transcripts of actual trials! This book contains almost 4 hours of video from the O.J. Simpson trial and transcripts from other famous civil and criminal trials.

In the chapter on Opening Statements, the author (a seasoned trial attorney and law professor) takes you through all the steps on how to prepare an opening statement. He gives you a checklist of things you should and shouldn't do. Then, he critiques the opening statements of the Oklahoma City bombing trial. He points out in detail why the prosecution's opening is one of the best ever given (the prosecutor tells a powerful story by using memorable themes such as the innocence of the children who died and McVeigh's cowardice) and why the defense's needed a lot of improvement (a weak start and a forgettable ending).

For opening statements alone there are about 45 minutes of video of the O.J. trial, including Darden fumbling, Cochran shining, and Clark being consumed by boring details. There are also plenty of examples from civil trials, and every chapter - whether it is direct, cross, closing, or jury selection - has transcripts and accompanying video.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By William S. Bailey on January 11, 2008
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If Abraham Lincoln observed most trial lawyers of today, he would find little changed from his 19th Century heyday. It is almost as if there is a law forbidding the use of modern communication techniques and technology in the courtroom. The leaden weight of traditional advocacy training often leads to boredom. Part of the root problem is the lack of suitable books to assist law students and practicing lawyers in developing a sophisticated media influenced form of trial advocacy.
Shane Read has changed all of that in this unique, thoughtful, thorough look at the art of the possible. Above all else, a book about the exciting world of trying cases ought to be exciting itself. This one is. The multi-media approach of this book is unique. The author's considerable experience in trying cases comes through as well. I have been teaching trial advocacy for 25 years and highly recommend this book.
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