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- By Will Pryor. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 1st ed.
"A Short & Happy Guide to Mediation is for lawyers who want better results from mediation, clients curious about an upcoming mediation, mediators who want to become more effective, and students who want to explore dispute resolution as a career. What disputes should be mediated? Who gets to be the mediator and how do you choose the right one? How can preparation for a mediation lead to a more successful result? What are some things about the practice of mediation these days that we can improve? A Short & Happy Guide to Mediation addresses these and many other intriguing questions." - from the publisher
- By Robert A Stein. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2015. 1st edition.
"Stein and Rubinowitz discuss the concept that many of us learn intellectually, others of us learn existentially, and then there are the rest of us that learn by doing. In Compendium of Trial Advocacy Drills, the student will practice the skills taught verbally in the classroom through a hands-on approach. All of the drills are designed to bring a unique energy to the classroom. Set-up as mini-exercises, each drill narrows in on specific trial techniques that students are eager to practice." - from the publisher
- By Kermit Roosevelt. Published by Foundation Press. 2014. 2nd edition.
"This new addition to the Concepts and Insights series provides an analytical overview of the field of conflicts, explaining all major choice-of-law approaches in simple and straightforward text. Separate chapters explore discrete conflicts issues, including personal jurisdiction, recognition of judgments, family law, and state-federal conflicts including Erie and preemption. Extensive description and analysis of leading cases make this book an excellent companion to a casebook as well as a resource for practitioners." - from Amazon.com
- By Brent E Newton. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2014. 4th edition.
"Criminal Litigation and Legal Issues in Criminal Procedure is designed to incorporate the substantive law of criminal procedure into a trial advocacy course. The traditional trial advocacy course is concerned almost exclusively with skills training (e.g., learning techniques for cross-examining a witness), but does not incorporate much, if any, substantive law. Conversely, a traditional substantive course on criminal law or criminal procedure focuses exclusively on legal principles and doctrine, but does not involve training students in courtroom advocacy skills concerning substantive law. Criminal Litigation and Legal Issues in Criminal Procedure merges elements from these two types of courses into one and seeks to bridge the gap between them." - from the publisher
- By David M Malone. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2013. 1st edition.
"In this convenient handbook that will fit neatly in your briefcase and in your mind, author David Malone has created a guide to the questions and answers you need on the game-changing Daubert decision and its important progeny, including Joiner and Kumho Tire.
When issues arise and need to be dealt with quickly, this new publication from NITA® will be the place to start. For objections, for responses, for motions to exclude testimony, and for motions that inform the judge why unusual bases for opinions are or are not permissible, Daubert Rules: Modern Expert Practice under Daubert and Kumho provides persuasive arguments and scientifically logical reasoning.
Written in this eighth book of his 'Rules' series, David Malone identifies nearly 100 areas that the practitioner concerned with presenting and opposing experts must consider as she readies herself and her team to engage in the 'battle of the experts.'" - from the publisher
- By David M Malone. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2013. 5th edition.
"In its Fifth Edition, Deposition Rules remains the essential deposition handbook for busy practitioners: a ready and convenient, on-the-go reference, it provides quick access to the rules, procedures, and practices that govern deposition practice, and it answers the most commonly asked questions about depositions.
Deposition Rules also provides 'Practice Tips,' which are drawn from the actual conduct of counsel in depositions, because modern deposition practice has evolved at least as much from 'what works' as it has from 'what is required.'
This Fifth Edition incorporates all the changes from the 2010 changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as well as the 2011 complete rewrite of the Federal Rules of Evidence." - from the publisher
- By Joseph F Anderson. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2010. 1st edition.
"With the benefit of more than twenty-three years of trial observation and juror feedback, Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. distills his thoughts on how to master the fundamentals of trial advocacy, develop advanced skills, and win arguments before judges and juries.
Written from the perspective of an experienced trial judge, Effective Courtroom Advocacy provides practical and insightful advice designed to empower new litigators and inspire seasoned advocates. Judge Anderson's conversational style offers a treasury of practical suggestions for conducting every aspect of trial, from dealing with courtroom personnel and handling difficult judges to comprehending troublesome evidentiary rules and avoiding common - but deadly - mistakes in the courtroom. A fireside chat that tackles the most prevalent courtroom issues, Effective Courtroom Advocacy is the go-to manual for litigators everywhere." - from the publisher
- By David M Malone. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2012. 2nd edition.
"In this creative handbook for active trial lawyers, David M. Malone, the acclaimed author of The Effective Deposition, addresses common questions and problems associated with the defense of depositions. This book is intended to provide a quick and ready practical reference to issues and answers for busy trial lawyers.
In deposition texts and training programs, the role of the defending attorney often is underanalyzed, perhaps because a reasonable, ethical defense of a well-taken deposition is often an outwardly passive role, not inviting much attention. Nevertheless, before an attorney can develop the skill and confidence to be outwardly passive while defending a deposition, she must understand her powers and responsibilities, the dangers and cures.
Effective Deposition Defense Rules presents accessible, practical, and common-sense ways to deal with situations that arise as attorneys and witnesses work their way through the pretrial deposition." - from the publisher
- By David M Malone. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2014. 3rd edition.
"If you are a litigator, then you understand that a well-received expert is a vital segment of your winning case. All trial lawyers confront many issues when dealing with experts, including skepticism from the court, a high cost for your client, and resentful jurors who fear the expert is arrogant. In this Third Edition, authors Paul Zwier and David Malone examine the rules of evidence and ethics that govern the relationship of experts to lawyers, experts to juries, and experts to courts all in a manner that resolves these issues.
Effective Expert Testimony now provides the litigator more guidance concerning what can be discovered pretrial including information selected by the attorney. Additionally, you will find information on case law, rules, and statutes that specify how the expert may communicate with the hiring attorney before submitting an opinion." - from the publisher
- By Kay Kavanagh. Published by Thomson West. 2007. 1st edition.
"Excellence in the Workplace: Legal and Life Skills in a Nutshell provides tools and techniques for success on the job and in life to students and lawyers beginning their careers. It progresses from preparing for the first day of work, to work-life balancing. Designed for easy reading and reference by students, the chapters can also be used as teaching modules. The authors: Discuss fundamental lawyering skills such as analysis, research, writing, oral communication, and time management Introduce the characteristics of emotional intelligence, effective interpersonal relationships, models of professionalism, conflict and stress management, and generational differences Offer practical advice for building a successful career, creating a career plan, assessing a job offer, negotiating a salary, managing money, and maintaining a work-life balance." - from the publisher
- By David M Malone. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2013. 2nd edition.
"In this compact and easy-to-use handbook, David Malone and Paul Zwier provide practical advice on every aspect of creating, discovering, using, offering, and opposing exhibits in litigation.
• Does your expert need some excitement in his presentation?
• Are you unsure what the judge means when she says, "What's the foundation for this exhibit under the Original Document Rule, counsel?"
• Are you worried that your opponent's graphics--or your own--may be misleading?
If your questions have to do with exhibits--from intersection diagrams on the blackboard to computerized re-creations in the courtroom--you can find the answers in Exhibit Rules." - from the publisher
- By David M Malone. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2013. 2nd edition.
"Expert Report Rules, Second Edition, provides a quick and ready practical reference to issues and approaches for experts and the busy trial lawyers who present them. In this conversational and engaging text, David Malone shares his insights and brings clarity to the many issues surrounding the expert report writing process:
• who has an obligation to file an expert report (including a discussion of "hybrid" witnesses and the expert's assistants)
• what should be included in the report
• who writes the report
• creating and retaining drafts
• what portions of the preparation activities are discoverable
• supplementing the initial report
• Daubert-Kumho Tire issues
• relationship between the Expert Report and the Expert Deposition
• how the report will be used at trial
Expert Report Rules is designed to help attorneys and experts deal in common-sense way with the situations that arise as they work their way through the pretrial and trial process." - from the publisher
- By David M Malone. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2012. 3rd edition.
"Expert Rules answers the most commonly asked questions about experts, such as: How do you approach an expert problem? What is the impact of Daubert on expert preparation, direct and cross? How do you structure direct examination of an expert? How do you avoid fatal blunders when you prepare an expert?
Even though Daubert is now almost twenty years old, most attorneys' familiarity with its application hasn't changed much -- when the experts they most often see are local doctors, most attorneys still need help when confronted with new fields manned by new or unusual experts. Expert Rules provides that help and more.
This concise, easy-to-follow guide provides practical and in-depth information on how to deal with an expert -- from finding the expert, to helping the expert prepare her report, deposing (and defending) the expert, conducting expert direct and cross-examination, and helping the expert prepare factual, informative, and persuasive testimony." - from the publisher
- By Eric Oliver. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2016. 2nd edition.
Today, most trial lawyers and consultants accept the fact that all legal decision makers decide cases by first making up their own version of the case story. Yet, few have yet to fully adjust their practices to meet the demands of that reality. Facts Still Can't Speak for Themselves offers specific methods for trial professionals to increase their reach into the full range of potential stories decision makers can construct (and will construct) during any single case, and then shows you how to refine those stories into the one most compelling presentation for any legal decision maker to judge, in any legal decision-making venue.
- By Vincent Johnson. Published by Thomson West. 2011. 1st edition.
"The initial chapters of this title focus on key legal principles (such as professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud), as well as the role of experts in malpractice litigation, important defenses, and the rules governing damages and fee forfeiture. Subsequent chapters explore issues of practical significance, including the vicarious liability law firms, common malpractice problems (such as conflict of interest), strategies for reducing errors and claims, and the role and limits of malpractice insurance." - from the publisher
- By Kimberlee Kovach. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 3rd ed.
"This title provides a comprehensive, yet concise examination of the primary aspects of mediation practice. In doing so, the book considers the legal, philosophical, policy and practical issues surrounding mediation use. Matters include issues such as levels of participation in mediation, enforceability of mediated agreements, regulation of practice including ethical issues, and a survey of the specialized applications of mediation. The extent and limits of confidentiality are examined along with consideration of the Uniform Mediation Act. Each chapter also contains an extensive bibliography and listing of the leading cases in each subject area." - from the publisher
- By Paul J Zwier. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2006. 1st edition.
"Are you looking for a fresh new take on law firm management and associate training? In this book, law firm management issues, often neglected in law school, are brought to the forefront. Supervisory & Leadership Skills in the Modern Law Practice shows you how to give your staff more effective feedback as well as teaching you the difficult delegation skills we all need to acquire. Paul Zwier recognizes the need for supervisory lawyers to improve staff morale, maintain effective firm organization, and ultimately increase firm profitability and give you the tools to do it." - from the publisher
- By David M Malone. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2012. 4th edition.
"The Effective Deposition will prepare you to successfully take, defend, and use the deposition to its greatest advantage. Advocates and law students have long relied on The Effective Deposition to get essential know-how for the most critical step in discovery. In this updated Fourth Edition, David Malone, Peter Hoffman and contributing author, Anthony J. Bocchino, again apply their expertise as attorneys and educators to bring you critical information and insight. They explain new discovery rules in evidence and civil procedure, and they discuss the impact of continuing technological developments, including e-discovery and digital transcription, on your practice." - from the publisher
- By Andrew Hartman. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2011. 1st edition.
"Transitioning from law school to law practice can be the most daunting thing you do in your professional career. The Six-Minute Marathon is your survival guide to thriving in BigLaw practice. Andrew Hartman advises the up-and-coming generation of attorneys with humor and practicality. Stories of failed associates and redeeming moments from his twenty-plus years of practice will enlighten you as you venture into the world of law and learn to record your marathon of success in six-minute increments. As a bonus, Caren Ulrich Stacy provides insights from her own nearly twenty year career in professional development. From the initial interview to dressing to impress to networking your way to the top, The Six-Minute Marathon will guide you around the pitfalls that ensnare so many of your unwary colleagues and lead you toward your BigLaw dreams." - from the publisher
- By Michael Coyne. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2011. 1st edition.
"Bridge the gap between theory and practice with this practical guide. Offering tips, advice, and checklists, Trial Prep for the New Advocate gives new attorneys a comprehensive resource for handling case preparation. Understand the pretrial process from initially meeting and interviewing the client to creating a war room and trial notebook. Learn the essentials of preparing and presenting a case with a professional presence and efficient process. This book is divided into three parts--covering a substantive overview of pretrial and trial processes, practical skills for preparation, and advice for developing long-lasting professional relationships with staff, opposing counsel, and the courts. Each chapter includes:
• Organizational tips
• Trial prep checklists
• Tips from experienced trial lawyers and others
• Key terms
• Practice exercises and problems" - from the publisher
- By John Hardin Young. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2009. 5th edition.
"A comprehensive and practical guide, Written and Electronic Discovery: Theory and Practice leads the reader through the entire discovery process - from the crucial planning stages through the initial 26(f) planning conferences, mandatory disclosures (including experts), interrogatories, production, depositions, admissions, subpoenas, and the ultimate use of the fruits of discovery at trial.
Authors Alan Blakley, John Young, and Terri Zall give special attention to the area of electronically stored information - including issues of retaining and accessing electronic information, expense of discovery versus value in litigation, cost-shifting, metadata, working with IT departments and other computer experts, and automated litigation support.
With its unique blend of theory and practical advice, this book is a must for any litigation professional." - from the publisher