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Trial Lawyers and the Issue of Objections

Trial Lawyers and the Issue of Objections
Law schools teach that you should object to every objectionable question, and raise every issue in litigation. Following your law school education on these issues risks you losing your clients' trial. Instead of following legal dogma, Trial Guides products provide practical advice by leading practicing lawyers on how to best represent your clients.
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Becoming a Trial Lawyer: Forget Playing it Safe

Becoming a Trial Lawyer: Forget Playing it Safe

The way to play it safe in law school was to raise and explain every possible issue. If five arguments supported a particular result, you had better discuss them all. Civil and criminal classes support this type of issue spotting, and some law firms believe this works in litigation. But, this law school training works against you at trial.

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Becoming a Trial Lawyer: Trying your First Case

Becoming a Trial Lawyer: Trying your First Case
Trial lawyers have no established standards for determining when someone is ready to try a case. As you wrestle with the question of whether you are ready, remember that this awkward situation is not a result of any inadequacy on your part—the profession has let you down.
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Becoming a Trial Lawyer: Beyond Technique

Becoming a Trial Lawyer: Beyond Technique
Lawyers with nearly flawless technique can lose case after case, while lawyers who appear clumsy and bumbling can win repeatedly. To be a good trial lawyer, be willing and able to give yourself to the jury. Not the self you wish you were or the self you think the jury might wish you were, but your actual self, the part of you that is scared, angry, or tired and the part of you that feels the justness of your case.
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Announcing A New Relationship between Trial Guides and AAJ

Announcing A New Relationship between Trial Guides and AAJ
Trial Guides is proud to announce an exciting new relationship with the American Association for Justice ("AAJ") as publisher for future AAJ Press publications. This relationship continues Trial Guides’ tradition of providing the most comprehensive, cutting-edge publications available to help you improve your practice and better represent your clients.
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ATLA review of Rick Friedman's Becoming a Trial Lawyer

ATLA review of Rick Friedman's Becoming a Trial Lawyer
Book Review: Clarence Darrow once said, "The only real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trial lawyers try cases to juries." Increasingly, trial lawyers find it more and more difficult to follow that maxim. The number of jury trials completed each year continues to decrease. Jury trials are more complicated to prepare and more complex to present. Given these difficulties one may realistically ask, "Why become a trial lawyer?"
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Plaintiff Magazine Reviews Rick Friedman's Becoming a Trial Lawyer

Plaintiff Magazine Reviews Rick Friedman's Becoming a Trial Lawyer
Book Review: In his new and enthralling book, Becoming a Trial Lawyer, Inner Circle of Advocates member, Rick Friedman, presents not so much the by-now-common memoir of a dazzlingly successful trial lawyer, as much as direction for the individual who would be or remain a trial lawyer while maintaining an individual’s internal golden ratio – the necessarily delicate balance of the unique demands of that discipline and a well-proportioned life.
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Teaching Future Trial Lawyers

Teaching Future Trial Lawyers

If you are a professor of trial advocacy, you train the trial lawyers of the future. While many books purport to educate young trial lawyers on trial procedure and trial techniques, few guide law students and new lawyers through the common behavioral and psychological mistakes that can undermine a promising career.

With Becoming a Trial Lawyer, author Rick Friedman has written a book that does both. Friedman, a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, guides future lawyers on their career path, weighing in on the pros and cons of being a trial lawyer, and explaining how to lead a healthy, balanced life in a field where career largely dominates. In addition, the book is filled with tips from Friedman's trial career.

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Becoming a Trial Lawyer review by Howard Nations

Becoming a Trial Lawyer review by Howard Nations

Review of "Becoming a Trial Lawyer" by Howard Nations in AAJ's Trial Magazine:

Trial attorney Rick Friedman’s latest book, On Becoming a Trial Lawyer, offers useful advice to those who wish to pursue success as a trial lawyer without forfeiting a fulfilling life as a family member, friend, and member of society. The book has value for the prospective lawyer as well as the trial attorney who wants to better understand and cope with increased professional and personal pressures.

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Rick Friedman's Winning Trial Strategies

Rick Friedman's Winning Trial Strategies
You've heard about his string of impressive jury verdicts. You've read Rules of the Road and Polarizing the Case. The nation's leading lawyers discuss Rick Friedman's trial methods in CLEs throughout the country. Maybe his strategies have already helped you win. Now it’s time to deepen your understanding of these important trial techniques.
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Rick Friedman Obtains $5.86 Million Verdict

Rick Friedman Obtains $5.86 Million Verdict
PEMCO insured the defendant's vehicle with a policy limit of $1.25 million. The plaintiff's losses were significantly greater than this amount. However, the plaintiff did not want to go after the defendant and his parents personally or force them into bankruptcy. Therefore, at mediation Harper demanded the $1.25 million policy limit to settle the claim. PEMCO refused, saying that they would "never pay policy limits on this claim." The defendants asked what would happen to them if an excess verdict were awarded? PEMCO assured them that PEMCO would pay "any amount awarded." PEMCO offered nothing and the case was scheduled for trial.
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On Becoming a Trial Lawyer, an Introspective Journey of Self-Discovery

On Becoming a Trial Lawyer, an Introspective Journey of Self-Discovery
Rick Friedman has written what is arguably his most compelling book yet, Becoming a Trial Lawyer. Friedman examines reasons for becoming a trial lawyer, considers what psychologically is needed to succeed, and offers hope and encouragement for the burgeoning practitioner. This is a must-read for every trial lawyer.
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Rick Friedman On Becoming a Trial Lawyer

Rick Friedman On Becoming a Trial Lawyer
Trial Guides is proud to announce the release of Rick Friedman's new book: Rick Friedman on Becoming a Trial Lawyer. This book turns to the inner barriers that prevent us from reaching our full potential as trial lawyers. Combining practical advice with inspirational insights, he guides us on the journey every trial lawyer must take, from the struggle to gain trial experience to the search for happiness in a career fraught with conflict and frustration. Along the way he addresses topics as diverse as common mistakes even the most experienced trial lawyers make, and the benefits of psychotherapy.
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