Be Who You Are

Gerry Spence
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Gerry Spence has said that Be Who You Are is his finest lecture ever recorded. At the height of his legal career, Spence spoke at the American Association for Justice (then ATLA) Weekend with the Stars Seminar and delivered a moving lecture on how to be a great lawyer both in and out of the courtroom. AAJ captured it on tape. Now, Spence’s lecture is being released on DVD and CD for the first time.

This inspiring presentation summarizes Spence’s most important lessons on being a great trial lawyer and helps you understand your power and value both in the courtroom and in the community.

This lecture provides important insights for every lawyer:

  • How to be yourself with jurors, rather than trying to emulate others, including Gerry Spence himself
  • The need to regain your individuality after law school
  • The importance of understanding your client’s background
  • How to overcome your fear in the courtroom
  • Empowering the jury in voir dire
  • How you can lose your case with destructive cross-examinations
  • The high price of success
  • And more

The video recording has been digitally restored and color corrected, and is available for the first time on DVD. For your convenience, you can also purchase an audio recording of the lecture on a two-disc CD set. A portion of the sales from these recordings will support Spence’s Trial Lawyers College and the American Association for Justice.

  1. Introduction
  2. Be Yourself
  3. Don’t Try to Be Like Me
  4. Is There Something Wrong with You?
  5. The Production Line Lawyer
  6. Standing Up for People’s Rights
  7. Lecture Outline
  8. Loving Your Client
  9. Gerry Spence’s Gifts
  10. Understanding Your Client’s Background
  11. It’s Hard Being a Lawyer
  12. Overcoming Fear in the Courtroom
  13. Fears of the Client
  14. The Pain of Fear and Rejection
  15. Revealing Your Fear
  16. Empowering the Jury in Voir Dire
  17. Dealing with the Pain of Losing
  18. Losing through Destructive Cross
  19. Considering the Priorities of Your Life
  20. The Price for Success Is High

Total running time: 1.2 Hours

Additional Information


Publisher Trial Guides, LLC, AAJ
DVD 72 minutes; 1 disc; 1st edition (2014); ISBN: 978-1941007181
CD 72 minutes; 2 discs; 1st edition (2014); ISBN: 978-1941007129

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