FOOLPROOF: THE ART OF COMMUNICATION FOR LAWYERS AND PROFESSIONALS (NITA 2018)

Where do I stand?  When should I move – my location, my arms?  Is this much eye contact too much eye contact?  How loud should I get, and when?  And in all of this, where is the line between communicating effectively and being seen as histrionic or manipulative? Those are among the questions FOOLPROOF is

TOUGH CASES

This book might be titled, alternatively, JUDGING JUDGES or JUDGES JUDGE THEMSELVES.  It is a text I was prepared to discount as self-serving – judges writing about some of the “hardest decisions they’ve ever made” according to the cover’s blurb.   I was wrong.   This is a mostly remarkable collection of essays, each from one

POINT WELL MADE

  Motions – pre-trial, mid-trial – are where the edge is gained in litigation.  Said more powerfully, the lawyer who understands and excels in motions practice – narrowing the claims, restricting or amplifying the admissible proof and how it is to be considered – is the lawyer who controls the litigation and is better positioned

THE JURY CRISIS

THE JURY CRISIS is subtitled “What’s Wrong With Jury Trials and How Can We Save Them.”  Yet the value of this book is not in its assessment of anything “wrong” with jury trials but instead in its deep and rich understanding of how jurors [and judges] make decisions and what advocates can do with that

THE CADAVER KING AND THE COUNTRY DENTIST

This book is aptly subtitled “A true story of injustice in the American south.”  Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington take the reader to the backwaters of Mississippi and the tale of the local medical examiner who somehow conducted 3 to 4 times as many autopsies per year as any pathologist should (or even could) and

THE DEPOSITION TUTORIAL

The theme of this exceptionally useful book is simple but essential – as the number of trials plummets, the importance of the deposition as a tool to secure a favorable non-trial disposition increases exponentially.  The TUTORIAL is the ultimate guide on how to rethink the deposition and still have it in hand if the case

THE TRIAL PRESENTATION COMPANION

It takes a techie (and not a village) to ensure that courtroom technology works – works in terms of functionality, and works in terms of effective presentation.  So it is no surprise that NITA turned to a managing director of a forensic presentation consulting firm to author a comprehensive text on trial presentation technology, software,

THE FEDERAL RULES OF EVIDENCE, DECONSTRUCTED

Author/self-publisher Maurice Baggiano offers THE FEDERAL RULES OF EVIDENCE, DECONSTRUCTED, as a user-friendly guide/deskbook for the practicing lawyer who needs a clear and simple elocution and elaboration of the Federal Rules.  The problem is that DECONSTRUCTED is too simplified and is organized in a way many lawyers might find difficult to maneuver. Let’s start with

THE FEMININE SIXTH – WOMEN FOR THE DEFENSE

GUEST REVIEWER: PROFESSOR SARA JACOBSON Reading the foreword to the book will ruin it too, but if you avoid that chapter, and the last paragraph of this review, with its spoilers, you’ll find WOMEN FOR THE DEFENSE an engaging, worthwhile read.                The premise of the book is that noted defense attorney Andrea Lyon has

STORYTELLING SECRETS FROM NON-LAWYERS

Lawyers tend to look to other lawyers for insight on how to best persuade in the courtroom.  We read the speeches of legendary advocates; we go to watch closing arguments in high-profile cases; and we bunch up at CLEs as we are regaled with war stories and the ‘wisdom’ of masters.  This insular approach to