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Book Review: The Plaintiff Lawyer’s Playbook by Elden Rosenthal

Reviewed by Anna Burr Originally published in the Aug/Sept 2019 issue of Trial Talk, the bi-monthly magazine of the Colorado State Trial Lawyer's Association. Becoming a lawyer—especially a trial lawyer—is no easy feat. It requires four years of undergraduate education, three years of law school education, six months or more of bar exam and Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) prep, and successful passage of those two tests. And yet, after all the money, time, study, and stress, one thing is clear after we emerge, blurry-eyed and exhausted on the other side: we still know nothing about how to practice law. Some new attorneys obtain positions...

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Demand Letters Review

Review By: Justin Zachary Esq originally published in the Summer 2019 issue of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association's publication The Docket.  So often, CLEs, Trial Guides and workshops are geared toward trial skills. How often have you seen a CLE or speaker discuss cross-examination or closing? While those skills are admittedly vital, I was excited to sit down and dive into a different aspect of a trial lawyer’s practice that does not quite get as much attention: Demand Letters. One of Trial Guides newest products is an eight (8) disc collection of some of Trial Guides top speakers discussing in-depth their thoughts on Demand...

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Running with the Bulls Book Review

Running with the Bulls Book Review

Reviewed by Megan Hottman Originally published in the June/July 2019 issue of Trial Talk, the bi-monthly magazine of the Colorado State Trial Lawyer's Association. The book I wish I’d owned ten years ago … this interesting, inspiring, how-to-guide to writing your best, most effective demand letters was hard to put down. I mean that. Even the introduction had me hooked. From there, I was challenged to sit down and do some of the exercises in the early chapters—exercises designed to make me as a human consider what kind of money I would consider accepting to have my life forever altered—the exercise that stood out...

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Trial by Woman Book Review

Trial by Woman Book Review

By Rachel E. Potter  Originally published in the Winter 2019 edition of The Verdict for Wisconsin Association for JusticeFrom the day I announced I wanted to be a lawyer, the advice started pouring in. Many wonderful and well-intentioned mentors and colleagues said: “You should watch [insert male lawyer name here], he is the perfect trial attorney, tall and with a loud and authoritative voice that carries effortlessly through any room. He is the perfect lawyer. Be like him.” I have no doubt that many of us have heard similar advice at one time or another. If you want a book...

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Book Review: The Lawsuit Guide

Book Review: The Lawsuit Guide

By Jesse Froehling Originally published in the April 2019 issue of Trial News, the monthly newspaper of the Washington State Association for Justice. Shortly after I sign a fee agreement with a new client, I generally send that person a form letter. The purpose of that letter is to familiarize the new client – most of whom have had zero experience with the legal system – with the ins and outs of attorney-client privilege, sending and receiving discovery, conducting depositions, dos and don’ts during litigation, settlement, and, if it gets that far, trial. My old letter was ten pages long. My current letter...

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