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Trial Handbook (Spring 2014 Edition)

Author(s): Kent Sinclair
Practice Area: Litigation
Date: Apr 2014 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402418075
PLI Item #: 55535
“A valuable reference tool that should be a part of every litigator’s library.”
— New York Law Journal

Trial Handbook is the one-stop resource you can trust in the planning, trial and post-trial stages of litigation – now in an all-new format designed for ease of use both in your office and in the courtroom. Designed for quick reference at trial, the Handbook is keyed to the Federal Rules of Evidence, and focuses on the presentation of proof and the evidentiary problems faced by counsel.

Packed with practical checklists, charts, outlines, and sample jury selection questions, Trial Handbook gives you the knowledge and tools to:

• Develop solid trial briefs and strong case plans 
• Prepare lay and expert witnesses and organize your exhibits more effectively 
• Master voir dire to maximize your chances of getting the most sympathetic jurors 
• Make a clear record at trial to aid jurors’ understanding of your case 
• Build a rapport and your credibility with the jury throughout the trial 
• Use opening statements to put your cases, clients, and proof in the most favorable light 
• Give summations that blend evidence and issues to paint a thoroughly persuasive picture 
• Exploit discovery materials at trial to get an additional edge 
• Lay the proper foundation for various forms of evidence 
• Capitalize on the powerful probative impact of visual aids at trial 
• Apply proven direct-examination and cross-examination techniques 
• Use pretrial, trial, and post-trial motions to gain strategic advantages 
• Draft clear, legally sound jury instructions that subtly sway judges 

Included with the 2014 edition is a laminated fold-out Federal Rules of Evidence at a Glance, which is designed to be used as an easy reference during the trial.

At the heart of Trial Handbook is its unique Evidence Guide, which clearly explains the meaning, purpose, operation, and history of every rule, including how each rule applies to other cases and how leading cases construe a particular rule.
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Kent Sinclair is Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he is also Director of Lawyer Training. He is a member of the New York, California, Virginia, and federal bars and received his law degree from the University of California School of Law at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where he was Chief Note and Comment Editor on the California Law Review. He served as law clerk to the Honorable James R. Browning on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was acting Chief Screening Attorney for the Circuit. Thereafter he practiced with Shearman & Sterling in New York City, specializing in complex civil litigation, largely in the federal courts. He has been Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law and has taught numerous courses in pretrial and trial procedure for the Practising Law Institute as well as for the Federal Judicial Center. He is the author of several law review articles, Federal Civil Practice, and the PLI pamphlet Federal Rules of Evidence at a Glance. From 1976 to 1983 he was a United States Magistrate, sitting on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.