The Last Resistance

Rick Friedman
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In The Last Resistance, Rick Friedman speaks to the heart of advocacy. He challenges you to consider what you’re really working for and to make it the center of your career. He calls on all trial lawyers to recognize themselves as the last organized resistance in an undeclared culture war in which corporations brush aside human concerns in the pursuit of profit. With his signature blend of wit and warmth, he explores the practical ways moral advocacy can help you persevere in the face of superior resources and uneven playing fields. He also outlines the ways you can cripple yourself when you internalize your opponents’ values.

Point by point, he offers ways to guard against:

  • The danger of putting business concerns ahead of professionalism and how this behavior alienates the public and the jury pool
  • The fallacy of the morally neutral zealous advocate and the view that corporations are entitled to an amoral defense
  • The self-defeating nature of comparison and why advocates are less like athletes and more like artists
  • Buying into the corporate attitude that appearance is everything and losing is for losers

In just under an hour, Rick homes in on what advocates everywhere are fighting for. He shows you not only how to keep those values at the core of your practice but also how to turn them into your greatest assets.

Disc 1 [60:05]

  1. The Things That Hold Us Back as Lawyers
  2. Use What You Have Been Given
  3. The Perils of Practicing Law
  4. Why Are You Practicing Law?
  5. The Last Resistance
  6. What Are We Fighting For?
  7. The Four Ways We Have Hurt the Practice of Law
  8. The Zealous Technician
  9. Trying to Fill the Vacuum
  10. The Moral Advocate
  11. The Comparison Trap
  12. Challenging the Corporate Culture of “Losing is for Losers”
  13. Becoming the Most Effective Advocate
  14. Values Worth Fighting For
  15. Being Part of the Last Resistance

Total running time: 60 minutes

Also included in package: audio CD of the same content

Additional Information


Publisher Trial Guides, LLC
DVD 60 minutes; 2 discs; First Edition (September 2016); ISBN: 978-1941007563

2 reviews for The Last Resistance

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jim Gigax

    Rick’s message is two fold.

    The practical takeaway is that we “Trial Lawyers”, need to try cases, and when we do we greatly benefit our practices win or lose, and benefit society.

    Otherwise we are only [air quote] Trial Lawyers [air quote].

    Jim Gigax
    Colo and Wyo

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kent Lowry

    This lecture was so good, I decided to listen to it again, and again. Once is just not enough. Everything Rick Friedman produces inspires me and keeps me going as a plaintiffs’ lawyer. Although Mr. Friedman often credits other lawyers for influencing and inspiring him, the rest of us should take the time to credit him. Reading Rules of the Road and Polarizing the Case, and listening to The Last Resistance are three of the best things I have ever done for myself as a trial lawyer. Thank you, Mr. Friedman, and please keep up the great work!

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