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Preparing for the Only Thing that Matters: What the Jury Will Think

Preparing for the Only Thing that Matters: What the Jury Will Think

By Rafael Urquia Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Trial News, the monthly newspaper of the Washington State Association for Justice. Good lawyers with good cases lose trials – all the time. What? Impossible! This defies all common sense and reasoning. I’m a trial lawyer. I know how to present case! Good lawyers with good cases lose jury trials because six to twelve community members decide a case not a lawyer or a judge. So, it does not matter if you are the world’s greatest lawyer or you have the world’s greatest case. If you do not effectively communicate...

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Breaking Tradition

Breaking Tradition

By Charles W. Day Originally published in the February 2017 issue of Trial Magazine. A great sculptor must be an artist, not a mere stonecutter. And a great trial lawyer must be a storyteller, not a mere inquisitor. The traditional view of cross-examination is that attorneys should limit themselves to leading questions to expose contradictions—and then wait until closing argument to lay them bare. In The Fearless Cross-Examiner, Patrick Malone breathes new life into cross-examination. He does not confine himself to leading questions. He does not ask only questions to which he knows the answer. He does not wait until...

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Book Review: Don’t Eat the Bruises Reviewed in The Verdict

Don’t Eat the Bruises: How to Foil Their Plans to Spoil Your Case Having a mentor is critical to a young lawyer’s development and growth. Throughout my 18 year career, I have been fortunate to learn from one of the best lawyers in the business-Ric Domnitz. While I will never be able to deliver a summation as effectively as Ric; nor cross-examine a witness as well-nor handle any aspect of the litigation process as well as Ric, for that matter-I have learned a lot from Ric about interacting with people and becoming an effective advocate at every stage of the personal injury...

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Book Review: 30(b)(6) Reviewed in Minnesota Trial

Book Review: 30(b)(6) Reviewed in Minnesota Trial

By: Nate BjerkeOriginally published in the Summer 2017 issue of Minnesota Trial: The Journal of the Minnesota Association for Justice 30(b)(6): Deposing Corporations, Organizations & the Government All of us who have ever sued a corporation, the government or any organization have, rubbing our temples, stared at stacks of discovery responses filled with objection after objection, but no real substance. We wonder, “Why won’t they just give us what we asked for?” Eventually, you may start to wonder if it’s about you; if you’re not a good enough lawyer to make them turn over what the law says they should. And...

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The Razor Edge of Truth at Trial

The Razor Edge of Truth at Trial

By Bill DayOriginally published at daylawpractice.com. In my experience, people often do not think of law as a particularly creative pursuit. As Daniel Webster famously observed, “If he would be a great lawyer, he must first consent to become a great drudge.” It is not hard to conjure up an image of the hapless wretch poring over contracts surrounded by crumbling, dust covered, leather bound tomes, even if nowadays it is more often late nights in the pale blue glow of the flat screen. The dreary life of the law student leads to the dreary life of the highly paid corporate...

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