Trial by Woman

Courtney Rowley & Theresa Bowen Hatch

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Trial by Woman is a relevant and honest look at what it takes to not only succeed as a woman practicing trial law in today’s fast-paced world, but to thrive in an ever-changing environment of gender dynamics and foster an inclusive and diverse strategy for equity and equality in the field of law. Writing from their experience as highly successful women who practice in an intense and unrelenting profession, Courtney Rowley and Theresa Bowen Hatch offer tools, strategies, and advice that is not just anecdotal, but time-tested and earned from years of experience building successful careers.

They maintain that now is the time for a new way of practicing law, and teach you how to use their unique Trial Perspective approach to increase the value of your work and the results you obtain for your clients. Tired of waiting in line at the old boys’ club? This is the book for you.

Paperback: 432 pages; 1st edition (2018); ISBN: 9781941007815
Publisher: Trial Guides, LLC

Introduction xiii

 Part 1: Our Time Is Now 

  1. Together, Women Run the World 
  2. The New Model for Practicing Law
  3. Women Have Superpowers
  4. We Have the Power to Create the Future We Want

 Part 2: The Power of Being a Woman in the Law

  1. Hold on a Minute, Let’s Keep This Real
  2. An Interview with Roxanne Barton Conlin 

 Part 3: Unexpected Ways to Increase Your Success 

  1. The Power of Women Promoting Women
  2. Finding Your Voice 
  3. The Courage to Be Feminine 
  4. How to Open Your Own Law Firm 

 Part 4: Trial Perspective and Trial Techniques

  1. Trial Perspective
  2. Focus Groups by Woman
  3. Discovery by Woman
  4. Jury Selection by Woman
  5. Opening Statement by Woman
  6. Direct and Cross-Examination by Woman
  7. Closing by Woman
  8. Negotiation and Settlement by Woman

 Part 5: The Highest and Best Use of Your Time

  1. The Importance of Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health 
  2. On New Motherhood and Family 
  3. On Health and Healing
  4. Tips for Law Students

 Part 6: Being a Woman in the Courtroom

  1. Dressing the Part
  2. Minding Your Behavior
  3. Calling Men to Action


 Epilogue

Appendix A

Appendix B 

Appendix C 

Appendix D 

What Legal Leaders Are Saying

It is rare for a book about practicing law to be so enthralling that you can’t put it down. This is a such a rare book. It is inspirational, empowering, and blunt. It is not judgmental or preachy. Courtney and Theresa have been there and done that—and they are willing to share their experiences, both good and bad. The stories have a familiar ring to them, but they use them to illustrate important things about being a woman, being a trial lawyer, being a mom, being a wife, sister, friend, and all at the same time. Sometimes, these courageous women write poignantly about making almost impossible choices, feeling lonely and wrestling with guilt. They also offer valuable tips about trying cases. They offer us their whole lives with grace and with dignity. All women lawyers should read it and so should most male lawyers.

— Roxanne Barton Conlin, past president of the AAJ and member of the Inner Circle of Advocates
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Douglas T.
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Wonderfully insightful.
Wonderfully insightful.
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03/02/22
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Melissa M.
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fantastic!
I have not finished the book yet but so far it is an excellent one!
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12/07/21
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Anu
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Solid read
This is a farily easy read with some actionable insights. The authors assume all their readers (or perhaps all women attornies) are majority race, and there is no mention of, let alone content for, WOC attornies, limiting this book's utility. As a WOC
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02/24/21
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Jen
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One of my favorite books
This may very well be my favorite trial lawyer book I read. Trial By Woman provides feedback at almost every stage of a case and as a professional. It was so great to find a book that I connected with in almost every way. I highly recommend it!
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04/11/20
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Amanda F.
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Life (and Career) Changing
This book CHANGED MY LIFE. It was the catalyst to my quitting my associate position and starting a firm. A more relevant Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, I wish this book was available earlier in my career. I gift this book to women and men, and encourage
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11/15/19
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