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Trial Handbook (Fall 2017 Edition)

 by Kent Sinclair
 
 Copyright: 2017

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  • ISBN Number: 9781402429811
  • Page Count: 2086
  • Number of Volumes: 2
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Trial Handbook is the one-stop resource you can trust in the planning, trial, and post-trial stages of litigation. Designed for quick reference in the courtroom, Trial 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, 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

At the heart of Trial Handbook is its unique Evidence Guide, now also included as a laminated fold-out, 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, the Case Authority, includes thousands of case summaries of decisions under the rules, arming you with the latest evidentiary resources to help you prevail at trial.


  Table of Contents
  Preface
Chapter 1: Final Preparation for Trial
  • § 1:1 : Planning the Trial2
    • § 1:1.1 : Review of the Pleadings2
    • § 1:1.2 : Review of Preparation Status3
    • § 1:1.3 : Analysis of Needed Proof—By Issue and Witness3
      • [A] : Elements of Proof3
      • [B] : Witness Plans4
    • § 1:1.4 : Testimony Time Estimates4
  • § 1:2 : Folders, Notebooks, and Files for Use at Trial5
    • § 1:2.1 : Witness Preparation Checklists7
  • § 1:3 : Motions Before Trial7
    • § 1:3.1 : Subject Matter Jurisdiction11
    • § 1:3.2 : Personal Jurisdiction11
    • § 1:3.3 : Venue Motions11
    • § 1:3.4 : Motions Against the Pleadings12
    • § 1:3.5 : Motions re Joinder of Claims or Parties12
    • § 1:3.6 : Provisional Remedies12
    • § 1:3.7 : Motions to Dismiss12
    • § 1:3.8 : Motions for Summary Judgment13
    • § 1:3.9 : Motion Procedures13
    • § 1:3.10 : Appeal13
  • § 1:4 : Pretrial Evidentiary Rulings14
    • § 1:4.1 : Rulings in Limine14
    • § 1:4.2 : Sanction or “Preclusion” Orders14
    • § 1:4.3 : Copies of Orders15
  • § 1:5 : Trial Briefs16
  • § 1:6 : Stipulations Before Trial17
    • § 1:6.1 : Role of Stipulations17
    • § 1:6.2 : Issues17
    • § 1:6.3 : Facts17
    • § 1:6.4 : Form of the Stipulation17
  • § 1:7 : Admissibility and Admission in Evidence18
  • § 1:8 : Admissions Shaping the Proof18
  • § 1:9 : Pretrial Conferences and Orders20
    • § 1:9.1 : Generally20
    • § 1:9.2 : Rules Governing the Pretrial Conference21
      • [A] : The “Mandatory” Scheduling Order Under Federal Rule 1625
      • [B] : Conduct of Conference29
      • [C] : The “Final” Pretrial Conference31
      • [D] : Sanctions33
    • § 1:9.3 : Typical Contents of a Pretrial Order34
    • § 1:9.4 : Changing the Pretrial Order37
  • § 1:10 : Subpoenas38
    • § 1:10.1 : Attendance of Witnesses38
    • § 1:10.2 : Protections and Rights of Subpoenaed Persons43
    • § 1:10.3 : Duties in Responding to Subpoena47
    • § 1:10.4 : Contempt Sanction49
  • § 1:11 : The Final Bench Conference Before Trial49
  • § 1:12 : Sidebar and Chambers Conferences During Trial50
Chapter 2: Jury Selection
  • § 2:1 : Introduction53
    • § 2:1.1 : Roles of Judge and Counsel53
    • § 2:1.2 : Outlines of Two Common Procedures54
      • [A] : Typical Jury Selection Process54
      • [B] : Alternative “Struck Jury” Procedure for Jury Selection55
  • § 2:2 : Federal Statutes and Rules56
  • § 2:3 : Conduct of the Questioning58
    • § 2:3.1 : Sample Notes for Voir Dire59
  • § 2:4 : The Jury Chart for Counsel62
  • § 2:5 : Sources of Information62
  • § 2:6 : Objections to the Adversary’s Voir Dire63
  • § 2:7 : Pitfalls to Avoid in Jury Selection63
Chapter 3: Opening Statements
  • § 3:1 : Overview67
    • § 3:1.1 : Order67
    • § 3:1.2 : Length68
    • § 3:1.3 : Goals68
  • § 3:2 : Waiver of Opening68
  • § 3:3 : Keys to a Successful Opening Statement68
  • § 3:4 : Contents of the Opening70
  • § 3:5 : Objections to Opening Statements71
  • § 3:6 : Pitfalls During Opening72
Chapter 4: Presentation of Proof
  • § 4:1 : Making a Proper Record at Trial74
    • § 4:1.1 : Why Make a Record?75
    • § 4:1.2 : Presence of the Reporter75
    • § 4:1.3 : Techniques for Making a Clear Record75
  • § 4:2 : Direct Examination76
    • § 4:2.1 : Goals76
    • § 4:2.2 : Key Concepts77
    • § 4:2.3 : Leading Questions77
      • [A] : False Solutions to the Problem of Leading78
      • [B] : Leading and Non-Leading Phraseology79
    • § 4:2.4 : Preparation: Key to Success79
    • § 4:2.5 : Refreshing Recollection and Past Recollection Recorded80
    • § 4:2.6 : Redirect and Recross Examinations81
    • § 4:2.7 : Hostile and Adverse Examinations82
    • § 4:2.8 : Pitfalls to Avoid83
  • § 4:3 : Handling Exhibits84
  • § 4:4 : Common Evidentiary Foundations85
    • § 4:4.1 : Foundation for Testimony in General85
      • [A] : Conversations85
      • [B] : Telephone Conversations85
      • [C] : Refreshing Recollection86
      • [D] : Past Recollection Recorded86
      • [E] : Deposition Impeachment86
      • [F] : Prior Statement Impeachment87
      • [G] : Admissions87
      • [H] : Expert Testimony87
      • [I] : Lay Opinion88
      • [J] : Habit88
      • [K] : Reputation or Character88
        • [K][1] : Traditional Mode88
        • [K][2] : Opinion Mode88
      • [L] : Testimony of a Child89
    • § 4:4.2 : Physical Evidence89
      • [A] : Authentication of a Writing90
        • [A][1] : Witness Present at Creation or Signing90
        • [A][2] : Witness Recognizes Handwriting90
      • [B] : Photographs90
      • [C] : Motion Pictures90
      • [D] : Diagrams91
      • [E] : Official Records91
      • [F] : Business Records91
      • [G] : Computer Records92
      • [H] : Reply Letters92
      • [I] : Scientific Evidence93
      • [J] : X-Rays93
      • [K] : Summary Exhibits94
    • § 4:4.3 : Voir Dire Examinations94
  • § 4:5 : Objections95
    • § 4:5.1 : In General95
    • § 4:5.2 : Whether to Object95
    • § 4:5.3 : Making the Objection96
    • § 4:5.4 : Supporting and Opposing Objections97
    • § 4:5.5 : The Need to Obtain a Ruling98
    • § 4:5.6 : Necessity for Repeating Objections100
    • § 4:5.7 : Offers of Proof100
    • § 4:5.8 : Common Errors in Objecting101
    • § 4:5.9 : Common Objections101
      • [A] : Objections to the Form of a Question101
      • [B] : Objections to Testimony and Exhibits102
      • [C] : Objections to Competency of Witnesses103
      • [D] : Objections on Privilege and Related Grounds103
      • [E] : Objections to Conduct of a Witness104
      • [F] : Objections to Conduct of Counsel104
      • [G] : Objections to Conduct of the Judge105
  • § 4:6 : Cross-Examination106
    • § 4:6.1 : Fundamentals106
    • § 4:6.2 : Common Errors108
  • § 4:7 : Use of Discovery Fruits at Trial109
    • § 4:7.1 : Deposition Transcripts109
      • [A] : Videotaped Depositions at Trial111
    • § 4:7.2 : Interrogatory Answers111
    • § 4:7.3 : Rule 36 Admissions111
    • § 4:7.4 : Documents Produced in Discovery112
  Evidence Guide: Federal Rules of Evidence at a Glance
Article I & XI: General Provisions and Miscellaneous Rules
Article II: Judicial Notice
Article III: Presumptions in Civil Cases
Article IV: Relevance and Its Limits
Article V: Privileges
Article VI: Witnesses
Article VII: Opinions and Expert Testimony
Article VIII: Hearsay
Article IX: Authentication and Identification
Article X: Contents of Writings, Recordings, and Photographs
Chapter 5: Closing Argument
  • § 5:1 : In General615
  • § 5:2 : Preparation616
  • § 5:3 : Organization and Presentation616
    • § 5:3.1 : Typical Elements616
      • [A] : Initial Remarks617
      • [B] : Identification of the Issues617
      • [C] : Burden of Proof617
      • [D] : Analysis of the Evidence618
      • [E] : Dealing with the Opponent’s Case618
      • [F] : Handling the Law619
      • [G] : Damages619
      • [H] : Conclusion620
    • § 5:3.2 : Manner of Presentation620
  • § 5:4 : Objections to Closing Argument621
Chapter 6: Jury Instructions
  • § 6:1 : Introduction623
  • § 6:2 : Proposed Jury Instructions623
    • § 6:2.1 : Preparation623
    • § 6:2.2 : Clarity and Legal Accuracy of Requests624
    • § 6:2.3 : Favorable, Nonargumentative Wording625
    • § 6:2.4 : Supporting and Opposing Requests625
    • § 6:2.5 : “Pattern” Instructions: Use and Abuse627
    • § 6:2.6 : Checklist of Common Topics for Jury Instructions629
      • [A] : Introductory Matters629
      • [B] : Evaluation of Evidence630
      • [C] : Parties and Burdens631
      • [D] : Substance of Offense or Civil Claim632
      • [E] : Deliberation and Verdict632
  • § 6:3 : Objections to Jury Instructions633
  • § 6:4 : Findings and Conclusions by the Court633
    • § 6:4.1 : In General633
    • § 6:4.2 : Proposed Findings and Conclusions634
Chapter 7: Trial and Post-Trial Motions
  • § 7:1 : Motion for Judgment As a Matter of Law637
    • § 7:1.1 : Standards for Granting638
    • § 7:1.2 : Timing639
  • § 7:2 : Post-Verdict Motion for Judgment As a Matter of Law640
    • § 7:2.1 : Relation of Pre- and Post-Verdict Motions640
    • § 7:2.2 : Time for Making640
    • § 7:2.3 : Necessity of Motion641
    • § 7:2.4 : Discretion of the Court641
    • § 7:2.5 : Partial Judgments642
  • § 7:3 : Motion for a New Trial642
    • § 7:3.1 : Grounds643
    • § 7:3.2 : Time for Making643
    • § 7:3.3 : Procedure644
    • § 7:3.4 : New Trial on Initiative of Court644
    • § 7:3.5 : Partial New Trial644
  • § 7:4 : Motion for Relief from Judgment or Order645
    • § 7:4.1 : Grounds646
    • § 7:4.2 : Procedure647
    • § 7:4.3 : Other Methods of Relief648
  • § 7:5 : Other Motions648
    • § 7:5.1 : Motion to Amend Judgment648
    • § 7:5.2 : Relief from Clerical Mistakes649
  Index
  Case Authority

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