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New edition of ABA trial handbook guides young lawyers through real courtrooms


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New edition of ABA trial handbook guides young lawyers through real courtrooms

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, May 21, 2014 — Litigation theory is often complicated and sometimes compromised by the realities of an actual trial. The latest edition of the American Bar Association book “Anatomy of a Trial: A Handbook for Young Lawyers guides new lawyers on how to handle real problems encountered during trials.  

Paul Mark Sandler’s book explores each of the key phases of jury trials (voir dire, opening statements, direct and cross-examination, and closing arguments). This updated and expanded edition features complete opening and closing statements from three real trials, actual trial transcripts, helpful explanations of the tactics used in the courtroom and commentary from five judges on what the lawyers did right and wrong. “Anatomy of a Trial” is a thorough exploration of trial techniques through the lens of actual cases.

Sandler is a partner in the Baltimore firm of Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler and an active trial lawyer. He is a frequent lecturer on trial and appellate practice, founder and former chair of the Litigation Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, past secretary of the ABA Section of Litigation and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Title:                    Anatomy of a Trial: A Handbook
                          for Young Lawyers, Second Edition

Publisher:                  ABA Publishing
Pages:                       548
Product Code:            1620596
ISBN:                          978-1-62722-453-6
Size:                          6 x 9
Binding:                    Paperback
Price:                         $99.95
Orders:                      Order the book at or call 800-285-2221.

What others are saying about “Anatomy of a Trial, Second Edition”

“This is an indispensable volume for every aspiring trial lawyer — and a valuable addition to the library of every experienced practitioner as well.” — Gregory P. Joseph, past president of American College of Trial Lawyers (2010-2011)

Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies are available by sending an email to Neal Cox at If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Neal Cox c/o ABA Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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