Modern Trial Advocacy: Law School Edition

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The Fourth Edition of Modern Trial Advocacy: Law School Edition presents a realistic and contemporary approach to learning and developing trial advocacy skills. Dedicated to the law student, the book contains a "Trial Basics" chapter, which discusses what happens in a trial and the role the advocate plays.

The Law School Edition has checklists that guide students in their performance.

This edition also 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.

NITA's best-selling text, Modern Trial Advocacy, has set the standard for trial advocacy texts since 1993. All of NITA's renowned full trial programs use the text, as do prominent law schools nationwide. The authors guide the beginning advocate from developing a winning case theory through all phases of trial, explaining how to present a case as a story, and how to tell the story to the jury powerfully and persuasively.

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Chapter One. Trial Basics

1.1 Trials and Justice
1.2 Getting Started
1.3 Trial Procedures
1.4 Demeanor
1.5 Trial Ethics

Chapter Two. Case Analysis and Storytelling
2.1 The Idea of a Persuasive Story
2.2 The Ethics of Persuasive Storytelling
2.3 Preparing a Persuasive Trial Story
2.4 Persuasion Theory
2.5 Conclusion

Chapter Three. Direct Examination
3.1 The Role of Direct Examination
3.2 The Law of Direct Examination
3.3 Planning Direct Examinations
3.4 Questioning Technique
3.5 Adverse and Hostile Witnesses
3.6 Ethics of Direct Examination

Chapter Four. Cross-Examination
4.1 The Role of Cross-Examination
4.2 The Law of Cross-Examination
4.3 The Content of Cross-Examination
4.4 The Organization of Cross-Examination
4.5 Questioning Technique
4.6 Ethics of Cross-Examination

Chapter Five. Impeachment
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Prior Inconsistent Statements
5.3 Other Prior Inconsistencies
5.4 Character and "Characteristic" Impeachment
5.5 "Case-Data" Impeachment

Chapter Six. Redirect Examination and Rehabilitation
6.1 Purpose of Redirect
6.2 Law and Procedure
6.3 Planned Redirect
6.4 Waiving Redirect
6.5 Conducting Redirect

Chapter Seven. Expert Testimony
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Standards for Expert Testimony
7.3 Offering Expert Testimony
7.4 Persuasive Techniques for Direct Examination
7.5 Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses
Chapter Eight. Objections
8.1 Making the Record
8.2 Objections
8.3 Ethics and Objections
8.4 A Short List of Common Objections

Chapter Nine. Foundations and Exhibits
9.1 Evidentiary Foundations
9.2 Foundations for Testimonial Evidence
9.3 Exhibits
9.4 Foundations for Real and Demonstrative Evidence
9.5 Foundations for Documents
9.6 Persuasive Use of Exhibits

Chapter Ten. Electronic Visuals
10.1 Introduction
10.2 How Electronic Visuals Make an Impact
10.3 Avoid Overuse and Complication
10.4 Common Electronic Visuals in the Courtroom
10.5 When to Use Electronic Visuals
10.6 Getting Help
10.7 What You Need to Display and Use Electronic Visuals

Chapter Eleven. Opening Statements
11.1 The Role of the Opening Statement
11.2 The Law of Opening Statements
11.3 Structure and Elements
11.4 Content
11.5 Delivery and Technique
11.6 Additional Considerations

Chapter Twelve. Final Argument
12.1 The Role and Function of Final Argument
12.2 Format
12.3 Structure
12.4 Content
12.5 Delivery and Technique
12.6 Ethics and Objections
12.7 Bench Trials

Chapter Thirteen. Jury Selection
13.1 Introduction
13.2 Mechanics of Jury Selection
13.3 Planning and Conducting Voir Dire
13.4 Voir Dire Strategies
13.5 Ethics and Objectionable Conduct