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Modern Trial Advocacy: Analysis and Practice

NITA's best-selling text, Modern Trial Advocacy: Analysis and Practice, has set the standard for trial advocacy texts since 1993. It is widely used in prominent law schools throughout the U.S. and in many of NITA's own trial advocacy programs. Steven Lubet guides the beginning advocate from developing a winning case theory through all phases of trial. He explains how to present a case as a story, and how to tell the story to the jury powerfully and persuasively.
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Modern Trial Advocacy presents a realistic and contemporary approach to learning and developing trial advocacy skills. This book offers a sophisticated theory-driven approach to advocacy training that distinguishes it from other books in the field.

In addition to the valuable sections on uses of theory, theme, and story frame; the persuasive value of inferences and cognitive theory; and discussion of witness "credibility variables," explaining how to bolster or undermine testimony.

The Fifth Edition includes:

• a brand new chapter on using electronic visuals and technology in the courtroom; and
• new enhanced video content-top NITA faculty demonstrate the core techniques discussed in the book so you can observe and learn these skills in a new way.

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Table of Contents


Chapter One – Case Analysis and Storytelling
1.1      The Idea of a Persuasive Story
1.2      The Ethics of Persuasive Storytelling
1.3      Preparing a Persuasive Trial Story
1.4      Conclusion

Chapter Two – Trial Tools
2.1      Advocacy Tools
2.2      Demeanor
2.3      Witness Preparation

Chapter Three – Persuasion Theory
3.1      Script Theory
3.2      How Script Theory Works
3.3      What Script Theory Does Not Do
3.4      Credibility Factors

Chapter Four – Direct Examination
4.1      The Role of Direct Examination
4.2      The Law of Direct Examination
4.3      Planning Direct Examination
4.4      Questioning Technique
4.5      Adverse and Hostile Witnesses
4.6      Ethics of Direct Examination

Chapter Five – Cross-Examination
5.1      The Role of Cross-Examination
5.2      The Law of Cross-Examination
5.3      The Content of Cross-Examination
5.4      The Organization of Cross-Examination
5.5      Questioning Technique
5.6      Ethics of Cross-Examination

Chapter Six – Impeachment
6.1      Introduction
6.2      Prior Inconsistent Statements
6.3      Other Prior Inconsistencies
6.4      Character and "Characteristic" Impeachment
6.5      "Case-Data" Impeachment

Chapter Seven – Redirect Examination and Rehabilitation
7.1      Purpose of Redirect
7.2      Law and Procedure
7.3      Planned Redirect
7.4      Waiving Redirect
7.5      Conducting Redirect

Chapter Eight – Expert Testimony
8.1      Introduction
8.2      Standards for Expert Testimony
8.3      The Expert's Overview
8.4      Offering Expert Testimony
8.5      Persuasive Techniques for Direct Examination
8.6      Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses
8.7      Ethics of Expert Testimony

Chapter Nine – Objections
9.1      Making the Record
9.2      Objections
9.3      Ethics and Objections
9.4      A Short List of Common Objections

Chapter Ten – Foundations and Exhibits
10.1    Evidentiary Foundations
10.2    Foundations for Testimonial Evidence
10.3    Exhibits
10.4    Foundations for Real and Demonstrative Evidence
10.5    Foundations for Documents
10.6    Persuasive Use of Exhibits

Chapter Eleven – Electronic Visuals
11.1    Introduction
11.2    How Electronic Visuals Make an Impact
11.3    Avoid Overuse and Complication
11.4    Common Electronic Visuals in the Courtroom
11.5    When to Use Electronic Visuals
11.6    Getting Help
11.7    What You Need to Display and Use Electronic Visuals

Chapter Twelve – Opening Statements
12.1    The Role of the Opening Statement
12.2    The Law of Opening Statements
12.3    Structure and Elements
12.4    Content
12.5    Delivery and Technique
12.6    Additional Considerations

Chapter Thirteen – Final Argument
13.1    The Role and Function of Final Argument Logical
13.2    Format
13.3    Structure
13.4    Content
13.5    Delivery and Technique
13.6    Ethics and Objections
13.7    Bench Trials

Chapter Fourteen – Jury Selection
14.1    Introduction
14.2    Mechanics of Jury Selection
14.3    Planning and Conducting Voir Dire
14.4    Voir Dire Strategies
14.5    Ethics and Objectionable Conduct