The Irving Younger Collection: Wisdom and Wit from the Master of Trial Advocacy

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"This book reminds us of Irving Younger's mastery of the courtroom. He knew its techniques and its foibles. But he deeply understood the practice of law is first and foremost a tale of people and those they touch. These technical lessons and personal tales show us why the law is a subject of value. Irving Younger was timeless as Shakespeare and Dickens were timeless. For each, the stories that last illuminate our common humanity and experiences. These stories are enlightening as well as educational. Reading this book, we spend a few hours with a master ... it's time well spent."

James M. Rosenbaum
Senior United States District Judge, District of Minnesota


Irving Younger was a legend. His unparalleled wisdom and insight were honed by experience on both sides of the bench, as a law professor and as a prolific legal commentator and educator. This collection from the ABA Section of Litigation is compiled from the Professional Education Group's recordings of Professor Younger's classic continuing legal education programs. Timeless and relevant, this anthology teaches and entertains a new generation of lawyers. Topics include: Discovery; Expert Witnesses; Scientific Evidence; Hearsay; Jury Selection; and Cross-Examination.

In addition to these classic instructive lessons, the book includes several of Younger's most memorable presentations, including "Ulysses in Court," "The Trial of Alger Hiss," "What Happened in Erie" and "In Praise of Simplicity."

Whether you are interested in getting reacquainted with Irving Younger or only just discovering his unique contribution to trial practice, this collection will delight, inspire and help you become a better trial lawyer.


"It was Younger who invented and articulated the Ten Commandments of Cross-Examination that became legend. It was Younger who found a way to explain the labyrinth of hearsay so that we came to understand and internalize it. It was Younger who found ways to make the concepts of judicial notice and even the Best Evidence Rule (topics most lawyers would rather avoid) valuable tools in our courtroom tool belts. All of these lessons, and many, many others, are contained in this timeless anthology."

Stephen D. Easton
Dean and Professor of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law