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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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Rick Friedman Speaks at Pepperdine Law School (free video)

Rick Friedman Speaks at Pepperdine Law School (free video)
Rick Friedman spoke at Pepperdine Law School on January 26th, 2019 in Malibu, California. Below is a video of the inspirational keynote address that he gave to the lawyers and law students at the event. 
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An Interview with Trial Lawyer Randi McGinn

An Interview with Trial Lawyer Randi McGinn

The following is an interview with one of America's greatest trial lawyers, Randi McGinn. She is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates an invitation-only group of the 100 best trial lawyers in America, and author of the Trial Guides book Changing Laws, Saving Lives.

Randi McGinn on Changing Laws, Saving Lives

Trial Guides: What made you want to write Changing Laws, Saving Lives?

Randi McGinn: I didn’t think there was a book out that gave you a feel for what it’s like to be in a case as a lawyer. And so, it was written for lawyers who are just starting out, lawyers who are experienced (because it has advice for them too), and people who think they might want to be lawyers.

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