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Philosophy of Law
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- By Douglas Lavine. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2015. 1st edtion.
"Judge Douglas Lavine claims there are certain recurring, core principles of persuasion that can be studied, and when mastered lead to successful advocacy. Lavine's unique interdisciplinary approach draws from history, literature, psychology, drama, religion, and the law to discuss the fundamental principles of effective persuasion that will help all lawyers win cases and avoid serious errors." - from the publisher
- By Sherrie Bourg Carter. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2009. 2nd edition.
"In Children in the Courtroom, Sherrie Bourg Carter provides attorneys and judges with the critical information they need to properly review and handle cases involving child witnesses. Through a detailed discussion of the complicated legal, investigative, and developmental problems that are commonly encountered when children are involved in the legal system, Bourg Carter offers practical guidance to help legal professionals maneuver the often thorny landscape of using child witnesses in litigation. In an easy-to-read format, this book covers common legal arguments that arise with child witnesses, proper and improper child interview methods, legally relevant child developmental issues, and helpful procedures when children testify in the courtroom." - 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 Surya Sinha. Published by Thomson West. 1993. 1st.
"Examines the central questions about the nature of law. What is law? How is it defined? What are the essential aspects? Divided into three sections, this authoritative text investigates the various theories of law-metaphysical-rational epistemology, idealistic epistemology, and empiricist epistemology." - from the publisher
- By Ruggero J Aldisert. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 1997. 3rd edition.
"'To win in court, you must master the elements of legal logic - the ultimate tool of persuasion in the courtroom.' In Logic for Lawyers: A Guide to Clear Legal Thinking, Senior U.S. Circuit Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert tells how to use legal reasoning to persuade judges and juries.
A 30-year veteran of the bench, Aldisert helps litigators understand and apply the elements of legal logic. Using these skills, you can argue more persuasively - both in briefs and before the court. And just as critically, you can also expose flaws in adversaries' arguments.
The result? A competitive edge in the courtroom. Rather than miring readers in exotic formulas and theories often found in logic texts, Aldisert explains in broad strokes the basics of logic and its application to legal thinking. You'll gain important insight into the mental processes we use in 'thinking like a lawyer.'" - from the publisher
- By Ronald Benton Brown. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2011. 2nd edition.
"Statute reading doesn't have to be arduous. Designed to be read with a particular statute in mind, this handy guide is perfect for attorneys preparing for litigation, judges who need to understand the required and prohibited methods for statutory interpretations when bound by decisions of higher courts, and students seeking the tools of statutory interpretation." - from the publisher
- By Robert H Klonoff. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2007. 3rd edition.
"The Third Edition of Winning Jury Trials combines the same strong premise of its previous editions (evidence sponsorship) and the same strong theme (there is, in fact, a right way to teach trial skills) with many new features, including more detailed guidance on the critical questions of whether and when to impeach one's own witness with harmful material.
This text, by Robert Klonoff and Paul Colby, takes a solid approach to evidence and focuses on issues such as:
• Choosing witnesses
• Introducing negative evidence
• How to handle marginal evidence
• Weaving the fundamental elements of your case into your evidence, for example, opening statements and cross-examination" - from the publisher