TRIAL TACTICS: A Judge’s Answers on Evidence

Vol. 38 No. 2

Jeffrey Cole is a magistrate judge in the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago.

Q: To be a successful trial lawyer, is it really necessary to understand the Federal Rules of Evidence or their state law counterparts?

A: Nothing could be more essential! Great trial lawyers become great in one way only—through painstaking preparation of every facet of the case, not the least important of which is a thorough knowledge of the relevant evidentiary issues in the case.


Q: How do you go about really understanding the rules of evidence?


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