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ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, April 20-23, 2005: What Do Judges Want? 1 What Judges Want Mark A. Drummond Circuit Judge Quincy, Illinois INTRODUCTION Before I launch into this I want you to know that as a trial lawyer I violated most of these rules—sometimes in the same trial! But after trying cases for twenty years, and being a trial judge for six, I think I can reduce what judges want down to a top ten list. NO. 1. WE WANT THE EXHIBIT Since judges are individuals each has...

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