The library offers access to a wide variety of e-books and databases with legal information. Our e-book collection includes various practice guides, legal treatises, and self-help materials that can be borrowed and read in your Web browser or on an e-reader like a Kindle or an iPad. Our legal databases provide access to downloadable legal forms, case law, law review articles, and other legal information. Use the links on this page to access our e-books and legal databases.
You will need your library card number and have your library account in good standing in order to borrow e-books and access most of our legal databases. Don't have a library account? Texas residents can register for a library account from home! Learn more about how to register for a library account from home.
The titles below are available to you from home if you have a current library account with us. If you don't have a library account with us, Texas residents can register online. Learn more about how to register online.
- By William V. Dorsaneo. Published by Carolina Academic Press. 2015.
This coursebook explores both the practical and substantive aspects of Texas civil pre-trial litigation. The materials cover all aspects of the processing of a civil case up to the period immediately before trial
- By Jeremy Wicker. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1999.
Encyclopedic in scope, this set covers everything from analyses of court rules, statutes and cases to the underlying laws governing civil and appellate procedure. It provides extensive coverage of all aspects of appellate practice, including perfecting appeals, the appellate record, appellate briefs, court of appeals proceedings, Texas Supreme Court procedures, and original proceedings.
View the table of contents for this multi-volume set.
- By Earl Johnson. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2015.
Never lose a civil case in Texas on evidentiary or procedural grounds. With this single source reference designed specifically for civil practitioners, you will increase your effectiveness and productivity. Comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date, Texas Civil Trial Guide will help you admit the evidence you need, exclude your opponent's evidence, and avoid critical mistakes. Coverage includes: Presenting and opposing motions in limine, using affidavits as foundations for documentary evidence; Assertion of privileges, admission of testimony, expert opinions, and documentary evidence, and effective cross-examination; Leading case authorities; Procedural guidance concerning trial settings, continuances, special exceptions and pleadings, amendments, oral depositions, recusal motions, consolidation and severance, jury selction, motions for judgment, and closing argument. Benefit from step-by-step guidance and a variety of practice-friendly features. This indispensable practice tool provides substantive and procedural guidance to all the evidentiary issues you could encounter throughout the trial process in Texas. Whether you're a new or experienced trial attorney, you'll also save time with helpful practice aids such as: how to object and how to respond to an objection on all grounds- relevancy, competency, "best evidence," and hearsay; scripts on what to say in court; direct quotes of relevant statutes and rules; master checklists of motions; and much more. The eBook versions of this title features links to Lexis Advance for further legal research options.
- By Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1979.
This guide's six volumes are arranged by section to correspond with the progression of the Texas criminal justice system, making their detailed information easy to access. Each volume contains a number of chapters divided into four parts covering legal backgrounds, procedural practice tips, sample forms, and research resources and bibliographies.
View the table of contents for this multi-volume set.
- By Scott Brister. Published by James Publishing. 2000.
"A step-by-step outline format and proven practice tips help you avoid pitfalls. Procedure and law outlines in the publication are supported by thousands of case citations summarized in plain English." - from the publisher
- By David Sonenshein. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2015. 1st edition.
"This book contains vignettes of trial testimony all designed to raise evidentiary issues in the context in which they occur. Whether this resource is used in an evidence or trial advocacy classroom, professional learning environment, or for your own personal study, the vignettes are extraordinary examples of how specific evidentiary issues arise at trial. Additionally, this resource provides a context for a better understanding of the rules of evidence as they are applied - a skill set every successful attorney acquires." - from the publisher
- By Carol Anderson. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2010. 1st edition.
"Successful trial lawyers are constantly working to improve their trial techniques and advocacy skills. Anderson on Advocacy presents effective approaches and advice on all aspects of trial practice. Carol Anderson, an award-winning clinical professor, illustrates her points with entertaining and educational examples from many of America's most successful trial lawyers, including: Michael Tigar, David Berg, Howard Nations, and John Edwards. These outstanding trial lawyers will help your students master the tactics and strategy of trial advocacy." - from the publisher
- By Steve Lubet. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2003. 2nd edition.
"This insightful guide to the arbitration process will help you achieve the best results for clients in all types of arbitration settings - from commercial to labor. John W. Cooley, an experienced judge, trial attorney, arbitrator, and mediator, and Steven Lubet, author of NITA's best-selling Modern Trial Advocacy have written this book to describe an up-to-date description of the arbitration process for advocates. You will get specific advice on:
• The arbitration process
• Prehearing considerations
• Advocacy at the arbitration hearing
• Effective openings and closings
• Tactical considerations in shaping the process
Arbitration Advocacy, Second Edition, contains a chapter on attorney ethics and a chapter on cyberarbitration which explores the variety of online dispute resolution services available, the benefits and limitations with the use of cyberarbitration, and considerations in selecting a cyberarbitration service and cyberarbitrator." - from the publisher
- By Jack H. Friedenthal; Mary Kay Kane; Arthur R. Miller. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 5th ed.
"Gain insight into the laws governing all of the major steps in the civil litigation process, starting with investigation and ending with post-appeal collateral attacks. This text covers the major themes underlying the governing legal standards and those basic issues that the case law and literature suggest to be the most pressing. References to federal practice and procedure are provided with a discussion on the burden of complex, multi-party litigation on the judicial system." - 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 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 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 Steven Lubet. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2014. 3rd editoin.
"This title will give experts the confidence they need to be comfortable in court, and give the skills necessary to emphasize the credibility of your experts. You can avoid pitfalls such as unintentional signals, inappropriate demeanor and appearance, and awkward body language.
Elizabeth Boals and Steve Lubet coauthored the Third Edition of Expert Testimony: A Guide for Expert Witnesses and the Lawyers Who Examine Them expanding and amplifying the original book with:
• New guidance on the development and presentation of expert testimony in the digital age, including discussion of visual aids and electronic discovery
• Updated analysis of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
• Updated discussion of the ethical rules governing expert retention and testimony
• Examples of expert witness examinations and detailed discussion of techniques for coping with lawyer questioning
• Checklists for quick reference" - 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 David Sonenshein. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2014. 12 edition.
"Federal Rules of Evidence with Objections, Twelfth Edition contains the complete text of the Federal Rules of Evidence as amended to December 1, 2014. This useful guide is organized for quick reference, with an alphabetical section of major objections, and includes practical tips and legal interpretations for each rule." - from the publisher
- By Philip Straniere. Published by Wiley. 2013.
The author provides real insight you can trust and use in small claims court. You will find everything you need to know in this guide whether you have an attorney or not. It will prepare you for your court date with the most current information and resources on specific laws, statutes, and procedures.
- By Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2014. 1st edition.
"In Foolproof: An Attorney's Guide to Oral Communications, Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla offers the fruits of over a decade of experience coaching lawyers domestically and internationally. This practical guide is deliberately crafted for all lawyers-nonlitigators and litigators, in government and private practice, at law firms and in-house positions, experienced and new lawyers. Written with a small dose of history and background, the majority of this book is a personal laboratory for improving your preparation for any oral communication, achieving vocal success, enhancing body language techniques, and expressing the right emotion.
After working through the advice and exercises here, you will walk away more confident, armed with practical tools for improving. Whether you are on a phone call, in a meeting, taking a client to lunch, or lecturing in front of hundreds, there are techniques to make you a better communicator. Some are born with great skills in rhetoric. With practice, those talented few can become amazing. Others are terrified at the idea of speaking in public, and there are strategies to cope with that challenge. And then, there is everyone in between. With the tools Foolproof provides, we can all speak with confidence and compel our audience." - from the publisher
- By John F. Kimberling. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2007. 1st edition.
The National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s publications are well respected resources for both practicing attorneys and students. In just 200 pages, Kimberling covers issues from deciding to take the case through the preparation and to closing argument. The most detailed discussion is on the elements of the trial such as the opening statement and examination of witness. In the appendix, the author provides two clearly written resources that an attorney could use to prepare witnesses for deposition and for trial.
- Inside jurors' minds: the hierarchy of juror decision-making: a primer on the psychology of persuasion: the trial lawyer's guide to understanding how jurors thinkBy Carol Anderson. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2012. 1st edition.
"This book discusses the conscious and unconscious psychological factors that influence juror decision-making. Jurors inevitably rely on the same 'thinking tools' at trial that they use to solve problems and make decisions in their everyday lives, which makes it almost impossible for them to divorce instinct and emotion from decision-making. Their fight-or-flight reflexes are stimulated not only by predators but by information that makes them fear for their personal safety—even if the threatening information is something they merely imagine.
Because self-preservation is a primal instinct, jurors tend to unconsciously respond by disregarding or altering the 'threatening' evidence. Information that conflicts with their personal beliefs and biases often elicits a similar response. Therefore, what jurors hear and remember about a case will inevitably be a reflection of who they are, what they value, and what their life experiences have been.
Because jurors unconsciously weigh information in a hierarchical fashion, the 'hierarchy of juror decision-making' can serve as a blueprint for creating strategies to counteract the most common thinking errors that can skew jurors' perceptions of the case. This is a valuable weapon that should be in every trial lawyer's arsenal.
The eBook versions of this title feature links to Lexis Advance for further legal research options." - from the publisher
- By David M Malone. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2013. 2nd edition.
"Jury Speech Rules: The Art of Ethical Persuasion, Second Edition shows trial lawyers that persuasive jury opening statements and closing arguments require imagination, story-telling skills, and a thorough knowledge of the legal and ethical rules that govern this important part of trial. Using famous historical cases and many useful examples, they demonstrate when things go wrong and when they are done right.
Opening statements can present the important facts to the jury from the party's perspective, making the jurors receptive to the story that counsel intends to tell through the witnesses, documents, and visuals; well-constructed and well-delivered openings, which avoid improper argument, make an interesting introduction of the parties and the attorneys. Counsel can keep the other lawyer quiet by presenting an opening that provides no opportunity for interruption with objections. Closing arguments that can present inferences, arguments, and conclusions will help the jurors understand the significance of the facts that have been proven at trial; such arguments can explain the significance of expert testimony; they can point out logical errors in the opponents' stories; and they can win the jurors' by persuading them that the more interesting story--the more natural story, the story that fits their own experiences best--is the truthful story." - from the publisher
- By Steven Lubet. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2013. 4th rev. edition.
"NITA's best-selling text, Modern Trial Advocacy: Analysis and Practice, has set the standard for trial advocacy texts since 1993. It is widely used in prominent law schools throughout the U.S. and in many of NITA's own trial advocacy programs. Steven Lubet guides the beginning advocate from developing a winning case theory through all phases of trial. He explains how to present a case as a story, and how to tell the story to the jury powerfully and persuasively.
Modern Trial Advocacy presents a realistic and contemporary approach to learning and developing trial advocacy skills. This book offers a sophisticated theory-driven approach to advocacy training that distinguishes it from other books in the field.
This edition includes:
Expanded section on the uses of theory, theme, and story frame
Expanded discussion of witness preparation
New section on the persuasive value of inferences and cognitive theory" - from the publisher
- By Myron H Bright. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2015. 7th edition.
"An eBook complete reference guide travels easily to the courtroom or classroom. This invaluable handbook from NITA®, bridges the gap between knowing the rules of evidence and applying them in a judicial setting--and clearly identifies what proposed evidence is subject to exclusion by objection. The updated Seventh Edition provides the reader--judge, lawyer, or law student--with a primer on the fine art of making effective objections to inadmissible evidence. The eBook versions of this title feature links to Lexis Advance for further legal research options." - from the publisher
- By Steven Wisotsky. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2013. 1st edition.
"Lawyers earn their living with words, however speaking as a skill is often overlooked in legal education and training. Speaking with Power and Style provides both lawyers and law students the essentials needed to develop and improve their speaking skills. In this book you will learn how to plan your presentation, whether in trial or elsewhere, and how to choose your words to effectively present your information. Learn the sounds and looks of persuasion, including nonverbal communication. Finally, use the section on self-improvement to practice and hone your speaking skills." - from the publisher
- By John Cooley. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2009. 2nd edition.
"The Arbitrator's Handbook offers a full range of features geared to assist the arbitrator in performing his or her duties. Chapter One provides basic information on the nature of arbitration, including a description of its stages and types, and its benefits and limitations. Cooley defines the role, authority, and ethics requirements of the arbitrator. Chapter Two describes the prehearing functions and duties of the arbitrator, focusing on the time of initiation of the arbitration as well as the preparation stage. Chapter Three focuses on the arbitrator's hearing functions and duties. It covers such topics as the arbitrator's opening statement, handling preliminary matters, a review of basic rules of evidence, and making rulings on motions and objections. Chapter Four, on the arbitrator's post-hearing functions and duties, addresses such topics as ruling on post hearing motions, deciding the merits of the case, and drafting the award and the opinion supporting the award. In addition, tables and checklists are included in the appendices for key actions at critical stages of the arbitration process. The appendix also contains sample arbitration forms and rules from leading dispute resolution organizations, making this the most comprehensive text available for "hands-on" arbitration instruction." - 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 Steven Goldberg. Published by Thomson West. 2009. 2nd edition.
"The First Trial Nutshell is a fresh and unique approach to advocacy instruction. Concentrating on the overall approach to trying a case, it weaves persuasion and procedure to help lawyers and law students prepare for their first trials with confidence. Addressing everything from technology to where to sit and what to say it meshes the practical advice and 'how to' instructions with sophisticated persuasive techniques. Small enough to be read in a single sitting, this book will serve as the perfect first primer and a continuing resource for experience litigators to read again before trial." - from Google Books
- By Dent Gitchel. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2012. 1st edition.
"Trial Advocacy Basics, by Dent Gitchel and Molly Townes O'Brien, provides a complete and concise guide to the beginning trial advocate. Practical advice on every stage of trial preparation and practice, from voir dire to verdict, is included. The authors explain trial procedures and techniques in a straightforward manner, using colorful examples, memorable quotes, and humor." - from the publisher
- By Paul Bergman. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 5th.
"Trial Advocacy in a Nutshell was one of the first works to analyze and illustrate discrete courtroom skills and techniques in the context of principles of persuasion. The Fifth Edition builds on that tradition with the concept of argument-centered narratives. Part 1 provides a concrete and detailed guide for developing credible stories that support advocates’ desired inferences. Part 2 analyzes and illustrates strategies, techniques and rules for presenting argument-centered narratives effectively during all phases of trial." - from the publisher
- By Paul Bergman. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 5th ed.
Analyzes and illustrates discrete courtroom skills and techniques in the context of principles of persuasion
- By Kenney Hegland. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 4th.
Informative reference offers general trial and practice advice for students and practitioners.
- By Kenny F. Hegland. Published by Thomson West. 2005. 4th ed.
"Provides expert advice that will help strengthen your trial and practice skills. Problem solving, legal writing and argument, case planning, and closing arguments are covered in this text. Also offers guidance for improving your office skills, interviewing techniques, discovery, negotiation, and counseling skills." - from the publisher
- Trial prep for paralegals: effective case management and support to attorneys in preparations for trialBy Michael L Coyne. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2009. 1st edition.
"Coyne and Furi-Perry have created the essential how-to guide for trial preparation. Paralegals will master every stage of litigation, from initial client interviews to pulling together the trial notebook. The book begins with overviews of the litigation process and the evidence rules. Practical skills for interviewing, handling discovery, preparing exhibits, and more are then introduced and explained with examples. Finally, the book stresses the importance of communication and working well with attorneys, clients, courts, and others." - 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 Michael Fontham. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2013. 4th edition.
"Evidence and Trial Advocacy are often taught as if in practice; the topics are not related. The original edition of this title pioneered the concept that instruction on trial technique and evidence rules in the same volume is an effective way to teach either an evidence or trial advocacy course. This combination provides students with the foundation for becoming skilled trial advocates within the boundaries of the rules of evidence. Trial Technique and Evidence explains the purpose and application of each evidence rule. The practical methods of presenting evidence are balanced against the requirements of the rules. Indeed, many evidence rules are "practice" rules, either not covered in the formal rules of evidence or not addressed in detail. The basis for introducing demonstrative exhibits, for example, is not included in the federal rules, and impeaching witnesses in trial requires knowledge of practical technique. Trial Technique and Evidence allows a professor to incorporate practical requirements with evidence theory. The text also includes practical steps for compliance with the rules, with examples to facilitate the student's understanding, and addresses recent developments such as:
• Jury persuasion
• Application of rules to electronic evidence
• Trends in applying the Daubert factors for assessing expert testimony
• Amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence
But this eminently practical book is not just for law students--practitioners will find a wealth of information with which to brush up their skills and gain new insight into their practice." - 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
- By Ruggero J Aldisert. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2012. 2nd edition.
"Throughout Winning on Appeal, 19 current chief justices of state courts, nine chief judges of U.S. Courts of Appeals, more than 20 U.S. Circuit and state appellate judges contribute their thoughts on how to write a brief and how to argue a case-information that is not available in any other publication or resource. Judge Aldisert draws the perfect roadmap for the attorney who wants to win on appeal." - 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