Advocacy

13 ABA Journal articles on Advocacy.

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 in My Cousin Vinny?

In other words: Who is your role model? And how do you measure up?

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 to loom large in your thought process. Clients whose personalities or line of business might have sent up red-flag warning signals to us 20 years ago are now too precious for us to let them walk out the door.

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 was born, I was so ugly the doctor slapped my mother." Or this: "When I played in the sandbox, the cat kept trying to cover me up." His stories were never about finally getting the respect he wanted. His humor was loser humor.
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 litigation over the disaster—or any missing-plane-related litigation, for that matter.

Why you should do your own legwork before putting your trust in a client
I was raised to be a naive and trusting person. This is not a good mindset for a lawyer. People sometimes lie, and being cautiously skeptical is a good thing. Being lied to is unpleasant, but it is much worse when the liar is your client, because those lies might get you sanctioned or disbarred. So the first rule of good lawyering is: Don't trust your client until you know he or she is telling the truth. I'll tell you about one of my first clients, and you'll see why I made up my mind to become a skeptic instead of a believer.




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