Advocacy

16 ABA Journal Advocacy articles.

Talented but overlooked: introverted lawyers
Introverts bring clients their skills in active listening, deep methodical thinking, creative problem-solving and empathy. How can employers assess job candidates for these quiet strengths?
Rethinking woodshedding: Trust clients and let them speak freely, but carefully, when testifying
There are four simple rules you can give to any witness about how best to answer questions from opposing counsel.
Inclusive legal writing: We can honor good grammar and societal change at the same time
To effect change, we can set an example through precision in our own word choices. When in doubt about the proper pronoun or title, choose the correct and inclusive one or respectfully ask.
Turning the fear of lawyering into the power of advocacy
As legal educators and practice leaders, we need to do a better job of talking about the reality of fear in lawyering and how to transform it into powerful advocacy.
Advocacy: Beating a Dead Horse

Do you have some purpose in mind in your persistent questioning? Are your questions a tactical gambit with a strategic goal you can articulate, at least to yourself, and hopefully it becomes apparent to others? Or are you just belaboring the obvious?

How lawyers can effectively cross-examine psychiatrists and psychologists

Psychatrists or psychologists are among the toughest witnesses to challenge because their testimony can have elements of hearsay as well as subjectivity.

6 more leading trial lawyers share secrets of effective opening statements
Most of us know the elements of an effective opening statement: Tell a good story, weaving the evidence with themes that will resonate with the jurors’ common sense and life experiences. But what’s the best way to do that? Bang the table or shoot the breeze? Attack immediately or hold your fire? Most important, how can you connect with the jury—a panel of strangers who can’t talk back but who will determine the fate of your case?
Legendary litigators share their advice on crafting your best opening statement
Read what the most renowned trial lawyers in the United States say are their secrets to a great opening.
Your body language during trial can be just as important as what you say
Law schools don’t have classes in body language, and a surprising number of trial lawyers never learn this lesson.
How to appear confident and self-assured, even when you’re not
Into your mind pops the image of a lawyer. Is it Atticus Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird? Is it the Atticus Finch of Go Set a Watchman? Vinny Gambini…
How clients’ backgrounds may shed light on their motivation for litigation
How should you handle a bad news client?
Is there anything you wouldn't do for a paying client? Whether you are a solo practitioner or a lawyer in a firm, the realities of the legal business cause money…
Goodwill is a precious resource for you and your clients, so follow the Golden Rule
Earning respect comes with the way you handle certain situations
The late, great Rodney Dangerfield always used to complain: "I don't get no respect." He then proceeded to make fun of himself for this little problem, like this: "When I…
Chicago lawyer pieces together a missing couple’s story to obtain a court ruling that they died
When Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, it never occurred to Richard Campbell that he'd be involved in some of the earliest…

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