Cross Examination: A Primer for the Family Lawyer

    By Stephen Gassman

    Cross Examination: A Primer for the Family Lawyer

    Cross Examination: A Primer for the Family Lawyer

    By Stephen Gassman

    2017, 206 pages, 6 x 9, Paperback, PC 5130215

    Cross examination can make or break your case, making it the most lethal double-edged sword in the trial lawyer’s arsenal. Veteran family lawyer Stephen Gassman provides clear, focused guidance on how to improve and enhance your skills at cross examination to advance your case.

    Cross Examination: A Primer for the Family Lawyer

    By Stephen Gassman

    Cross Examination: A Primer for the Family Lawyer

    Cross Examination: A Primer for the Family Lawyer

    By Stephen Gassman

    2017, 206 pages, ebook, PC 5130215EBK

    Cross examination can make or break your case, making it the most lethal double-edged sword in the trial lawyer’s arsenal. Veteran family lawyer Stephen Gassman provides clear, focused guidance on how to improve and enhance your skills at cross examination to advance your case.
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    In direct examination, you are directing the witness, with the witness being permitted to answer in narrative form. In cross examination, you are leading the witness, with the goal of the witness giving a monosyllabic answer of "yes" or "no." Stated otherwise, direct examination builds, while cross examination leads. If performed correctly, in direct examination, you guide the witness; in cross examination, you control the witness. Because of this, the lawyer’s skill at cross examination is essential to persuade the judge of your position.

    Looking at cross examination as a communication and persuasion contest involving the lawyer, the witness, and the trier of fact, this logical, clearly presented book explains how effective cross examination skills can advance your cause while also weakening the position taken by the opposing side. Topics include:

    • The commandments of cross examination
    • When not to cross examine
    • Principles of primacy and regency
    • Modes of impeachment
    • Types of cross examination
    • Verbal and body language
    • Adversarial parties as witnesses
    • Collateral evidence rule
    • The "I don't remember," "I don’t know" witness
    • Closing the escape hatch
    • Preparing your witness for the cross examination
    • Dealing with objections
    • Cross examining experts, and more

    Product Details

    Author(s)

    Stephen Gassman

    Sponsor(s)

    Section of Family Law

    Publisher(s)

    ABA Book Publishing

    ISBN

    9781634255653

    Page Count

    206

    Product Code

    5130215

    Trim Size

    6 x 9 Paperback

    Publication Date

    10/16/2017 12:00:00 AM

    Author(s)

    Stephen Gassman

    Sponsor(s)

    Section of Family Law

    Publisher(s)

    ABA Book Publishing

    ISBN

    9781634255660

    Page Count

    206

    Product Code

    5130215EBK

    Trim Size

    6 x 9

    Publication Date

    10/16/2017 12:00:00 AM

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