The Elements of Trial (Audiobook)

Rick Friedman & Bill Cummings
Read by Joshua Karton

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One of America's leading litigators, and Trial Guides' bestselling author, Rick Friedman brings you the first practical text on the fundamental skills you need to know when handling a trial. With trial experience increasingly rare, The Elements of Trial provides a concise guide for law professors, law students, and every lawyer preparing for trial.

This book offers invaluable advice on the following aspects of trial:

  • Investigating your case
  • Interviewing and preparing witnesses
  • Organizing trial notebooks, discovery information, trial briefs, and exhibits
  • Creating a theme
  • Choosing or drafting jury instructions
  • Asking questions of the court clerk and judicial assistant
  • Framing your case-in-chief
  • Filing motions in limine
  • Pretrial hearings
  • Making objections and understanding juror perceptions about the use of objections in trial
  • Bench conferences
  • Moving exhibits into evidence
  • Voir dire (including your purpose beyond cause and peremptory challenges)
  • Opening statement (structure, themes, establishing credibility, and what you should never do)
  • Direct examination
  • Cross-examination (constructive and destructive)
  • Making a record
  • Directed verdict/motion for judgment as a matter of law
  • Rebuttal case
  • Charging conference
  • Closing argument
  • Taking the verdict and polling the jury
  • Posttrial motions
  • Your impact on the trial

The book also explains the applicable law related to each part of trial and offers ways to effectively implement the techniques and methods that Friedman and Cummings present.

This audiobook is read by Joshua Karton. As a legal consultant, Mr. Karton serves on the faculty and develops curriculum for leading plaintiff and defender associations, including AAJ and NACDL, as well as for NITA, ABA, and various law schools. He has been an instructor at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming since its inception, prepared the oral presentation of successful cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and piloted the Advanced Trial Advocacy Course for the JAG Corps. Outside the legal field, Mr. Karton served on the faculty of the School of Theater at the University of Southern California, and his students include recipients of Oscars™ and Emmys™. As the owner of Communication Arts for the Professional in Santa Monica, California, he maintains a professional practice of individual case consultation and witness preparation.

CD: 601 minutes; 6 discs; 1st edition (2014); ISBN: 978-1941007174
Publisher: Trial Guides, LLC

Disc 1 [53:06]

  1. Title
  2. Introduction
  3. Overview
  4. Jury Instructions
  5. Investigation

Disc 2 [64:57]

  1. Fighting Chaos
  2. Assessing Your Case-in-Chief
  3. Trial Briefs and Motions In Limine
  4. The Pretrial Hearing

Disc 3 [57:30]

  1. Jury Selection (Voir Dire)
  2. Opening Statement

Disc 4 [62:50]

  1. Presenting Your Case-in-Chief
  2. Cross-Examination

Disc 5 [73:16]

  1. Making a Record
  2. Directed Verdict
  3. Rebuttal Case
  4. The Charging Conference
  5. Closing Arguments

Disc 6 [47:38]

  1. Jury Questions and Taking the Verdict
  2. Posttrial Motions
  3. You
  4. Conclusion
  5. Suggested Reading
  6. Publisher’s Note
  7. End

Total running time: 10 hours, 1 minute

What Legal Leaders Are Saying

From all that law-school stuff, this nifty book distills the essentials (and adds to them) that new trial attorneys need before their first cases begin. A clear, concise checklist organized for every stage of trial, and quickly read, Friedman and Cummings’s fundamentals and wisdoms start new lawyers off in the right direction and help keep them there. I suggest a triple reading before your first case and thorough reviews before your next half dozen. You’ll learn how to be professional when you’d otherwise still be an amateur.

— David Ball, author of David Ball on Damages 3 and Reptile
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Josh C.
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Great resource
This is an excellent resource for young or budding trial lawyers. Highly recommend!
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T. A.
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Another great contribution to trial practice
This is a must-have title for any new and aspiring trial attorney. In typical Friedman style, the book provides a common sense and bulletproof approach to building the perfect case. Even for experienced attorneys, the practice tips on how to organize
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Aaron V.
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Gary M.
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Great refresher course before trial.
Great refresher course before trial.
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Benjamin P.
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Great for new attorneys and as a refresher for experienced attorneys. Excellent reading by Joshua Karton.
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