In the first edition of Becoming a Trial Lawyer, legendary advocate Rick Friedman taught us that the process of becoming a trial lawyer doesn’t end. Now, Friedman returns in this second edition with new lessons on losing, comparing yourself to others, luck, and more that prove a true advocate’s education is never finished.
Trial law is not for the weak of heart. Advocates at any stage of their careers know that attaining both a happy, healthy home and a successful practice is not easy. Friedman won’t profess to have the secret formula for a good life, but his extensive experience both inside the courtroom and out has helped him understand what it takes to balance the personal and professional, and here, he shares these ideas in what might be his most important text to date.
This book is about you. It’s about asking the hard questions and doing what it takes to gain experience, make connections, establish the right reputation, preempt mistakes, succeed at trial, and maintain happiness on a career path that is fraught with stress, conflict, and frustration. Becoming a Trial Lawyer: A Guide for the Lifelong Advocate provides a perfect combination of practical advice and uplifting insights to inspire you to better yourself and progress in your career with confidence.
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- Preface to the Second Edition
- Part I: Entering the Jungle
- Why Be a Trial Lawyer?
- Individual Billing Unit or Trial Lawyer?
- Educating Yourself
- Do You Have What It Takes?
- Your First Trial
- Beyond Technique
- You and Your Opponents
- Part II: Traps in the Jungle
- Beware of Formulas
- Do Not Expect Perfection
- Forget Playing It Safe
- More Is Not Better
- Strategic Detachment
- Your Lawyer Status Carries No Weight with the Jury
- Forget about Looking Good
- Don’t Try to Fool the Jury
- Don’t Assume the Jury Will Respond _x000B_ to Your Favorite Arguments
- The Limits of Logic and Sympathy
- Don’t Gorge on Experts and Starve for Lay Witnesses
- Spend More Time with Witnesses and Clients
- Jurors Don’t Need to Like You or Your Client
- Embrace Your Conservative Values
- Silence Can Be Your Friend
- You Must Ask for Money
- Part III: At Home in the Jungle
- The Cancer of Comparison
- Physical Health
- Family and Friends
- Competitors and Comrades
- Partners and Staff
- The Key to Unhappiness
- Recommended Reading List
- About the Author
What Legal Leaders Are Saying
— Randi McGinn, president of the Inner Circle of Advocates and author of Changing Laws, Saving Lives: How to Take On Corporate Giants and Win
In this amazing book, Rick Friedman plumbs the depths of the soul of a trial lawyer to reveal what scares us most and how to overcome those fears. For new lawyers and scarred veterans seeking inspiration to continue the fight, this book reminds us that it is not the fearless who are courageous, but those who, fully understanding the risk of loss, walk into the arena of the courtroom anyway.