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Trial Handbook (Fall 2021)

Author(s): Kent Sinclair
Practice Area: Evidence, Litigation, Trial
Date: Nov 2021 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402439506
PLI Item #: 319579

Keyed to the Federal Rules of Evidence, Trial Handbook focuses on the presentation of proof and the evidentiary problems faced by counsel. In Volume 1, chapters discuss strategies for planning and preparing for litigation and conducting each of the principal phases of the trial, from jury selection and opening statements through closing argument, jury instructions, and post-trial motions. Chapter 4, Presentation of Proof, provides guidance on many aspects of the trial, including:

  • Techniques to make a good record
  • Direct-examination techniques
  • Exhibit handling procedures
  • A step-by-step guide to numerous common evidentiary foundations
  • Objection checklists and guidelines for objection technique
  • cross-examination suggestions
  • Procedures for the use of discovery materials at trial

The chapter includes an 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.

Volume 2, Case Authority, includes summaries of thousands of cases interpreting the Federal Rules of Evidence, providing an easy resource to identify relevant cases on point in each jurisdiction.

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.