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February 13, 2024 Ready Resources

Ready Resources in Trial Skills and Advocacy

Check out these ABA books and web resources in trial skills and advocacy.

Check out these ABA books and web resources in trial skills and advocacy.

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Searching for additional resources in trial skills and advocacy? Take a look at the ABA publications below, and check out the helpful links to website resources hosted by the GPSolo Division and the ABA. To order any of the products listed below, call the ABA Service Center at 800/285-2221 or visit our website at shopaba.org.

The Burden of Proof: Preparing a Case from Intake Through Verdict and on Appeal

By Philip M. Halpern (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2020; 5150518; $89.95; member price $67.46)
This book provides valuable trial insights and structure for attorneys by analyzing the burdens of proof, production, and persuasion as applied to the entire civil litigation process. It will prepare the reader for the most efficient and effective approach to litigation by framing the burdens of proof associated with common-law and statutory causes of action as well as the burdens applicable to discovery, dispositive motions, trial preparation, and appeals.

Getting the Whole Truth: Interviewing Techniques for the Lawyer

By Barry Zalma (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2020; 5150520; $59.95; member price $44.96)
This book teaches lawyers—from novices meeting their first clients to experienced trial lawyers—effective methods of obtaining information through human interaction. No matter from whom you are seeking information or what your reason for desiring it, these techniques can help you meet and interact with others and effectively gather the facts you need.

A Litigator’s Guide to Convincing the Judge, Second Edition

By Cecil C. Kuhne III (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2019; 5150516; $69.95; member price $52.46)
This book distills the advice of judges to practitioners appearing in their courtrooms and provides practical advice on case management, all phases of trial, and appeals. It also explains the judicial role and suggests tips for dealing with a difficult judge.

The New Science of Trial Advocacy: The Waiter Pivot

By John Jerry Glas (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2023; 5150532; $89.95; member price $71.95)
“The Waiter Pivot” is an alternative approach to trial advocacy that embraces a paradigm shift in jury psychology and teaches attorneys how to surprise, disarm, and persuade modern jurors. In essence, the smart lawyer’s attitude is, “Hello, I’ll be one of your waiters for the trial. May I start you off with a helpful graphic?”

Questions and Answers for Litigators

By Cecil C. Kuhne III (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2020; 5150519; $49.95; member price $37.46)
This book distills the sage advice of skilled and seasoned trial litigators who have long labored in the trenches and, as a result, know what works. This collection of advice and gems of practical wisdom from experienced practitioners will benefit litigators in their practice.

Trial: A Guide from Start to Finish

By Mikal C. Watts and Sawnie A. McEntire (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2020; 5150521; $99.95; member price $79.96)
This book takes readers through each stage of a jury trial, starting with the filing of a lawsuit long before a trial begins and ending in the motion practice that concludes long after the jury’s verdict.

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