In the first week of a high-stakes trial in which the plaintiffs planned to ask a major health corporation for billions of dollars in damages for medical injuries, their lawyers noticed something they had not anticipated: The defendant had launched a website putting its spin on the case.
It’s 10 minutes before game time, when Courtroom 3 will open its doors for business, and Barry Bonds’ lawyer, Dennis Riordan, is in the cafeteria talking tactics with two of his co-counsel like a pitcher at a mound conference with runners on in the bottom of the 9th.
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In a recent book, Lise Pearlman, a former managing partner at Stark, Stewart, Wells & Robinson in Oakland, Calif. and retired presiding judge of the State Bar Court, looks at the 1968 capital murder trial of Black Panther Huey Newton as well as other candidates for the “Trial of the Century,” including the Charles Lindbergh kidnapping case, the Sacco and Vanzetti trial, the Scopes trial and other iconic trials that have shaped American law.
Published: April 4, 2013
It goes without saying that unless your trial presentation is persuasive, you’re lecturing. And lecturing won’t win. If you think about people who are persuasive, you think of common traits: likeable, credible, engaging. If someone is selling you something, you need to be convinced you want it (or need it).
Over the last few decades, the use of specialized appellate lawyers has grown dramatically.
With a new year often comes new resolve to be better at who we are and what we do. There is always room for improvement, and that’s certainly true when it comes to arguing in front of a jury.
Lawyers USA takes a closer look at some new apps targeted at attorneys.
Michigan attorney Lawrence Nolan used large, colored charts to explain to a jury the effects that a traumatic brain injury had on his client, who was hit by a police cruiser.
Lawyers usually hate jury selection. Not only does voir dire provide limited time and information to identify jurors who will decide the fate of their clients, but it directly confronts attorneys with a problem they have in communicating complex cases to today’s demanding and skeptical juror: that jurors and attorneys think and communicate in completely different ways.
As jurors demand slicker presentation of evidence, lawyers are hiring artists, computer graphic designers and illustrators to transform piles of documents into light, sound and images.