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- Publisher: Westway Publishing (October 30, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 30, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M2BRAXA
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--The Texas Bar Journal
Turning Points at Trial is a keeper. . . . This book is like going to an advanced seminar on litigation and listening to a prominent lawyer giving a presentation on a particular subject. . . .
Young lawyers will learn very good techniques on all aspects of litigation, from depositions to appellate oral argument. Even the most experienced trial lawyers will get something beneficial out of each chapter.
--The Wisconsin Lawyer
"Turning Points showcases the work of outstanding trial attorneys using a combination of description, commentary, and transcripts. Through this layered approach, the author has created a superb modeling exemplar and how-to resource for trial and appellate attorneys of all experience levels."
--The Colorado Lawyer
"Shane Read has written the best book I ever read on the trial of cases - including the one I wrote."
--Alex Sanders, Retired Chief Judge, South Carolina Court of Appeals
"Turning Points at Trial kicks a** and takes names. It uses a unique and effective technique to teach trial skills. Shane Read has interviewed some of the best trial lawyers in America on topics from opening statement to final argument. From each legend Read has gleaned the "secrets" to their success and then uses actual trial transcripts to hammer home these "secrets." He wraps up each chapter with a checklist. Turning Point at Trial is one of the best trial advocacy books I have read in my 46 years of practicing law."
--Dicky Grigg, Past President, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
"I have seldom, if ever, been very impressed with any legal writing about trial skills or great trial lawyers as they are mostly dull and too elementary. Not any more--Read's book is the best I have ever read and is an amazing work which is interesting and fun to read with so many good ideas on every aspect of effective trial presentations."
--Lewis Sifford, Past President, American Board of Trial Advocates
"Lawyers learn trial advocacy skills by example, and in Turning Points at Trial, Shane Read has showcased an exceptional array of examples from some truly extraordinary trial advocates. These real-world examples are as entertaining as they are instructive, making Turning Points a page-turner as well as a superb trial advocacy textbook."
--Walter B. Huffman, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law, Texas Tech Univ. School of Law, The 35th Judge Advocate General, United States Army
"Everything is covered from jury selection to evidence preparation to closing argument and even appellate strategy. The checklists will help any lawyer getting ready for a trial, and the stories are vividly conveyed in a readable, interesting style. Highly recommended."
--Paula Sweeney, Past President, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Past President, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
"Read reveals diverse strategies, tactics, and skills by preeminent plaintiff and defense counsel to persuade decision-makers. His focus on narrative themes and storytelling in the context of actual cases is invaluable for understanding the trial lawyer craft. By examining the architecture, logic, language, and legal structure of how the most accomplished lawyers design their lawsuits, Read has provided a unique collection of roadmaps for litigation success."
--Francis E. McGovern, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law, President, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters
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Turning Points at Trial is Mr. Read’s highly anticipated new release taking the reader inside the mind of some of the best trial lawyers in America at the most critical stages of actual cases.
This book flawlessly compacts many decades of litigation experience from these best-of-the-best litigators into an accessible and practical resource that every law student, lawyer and judge will learn from.
Mr. Read artfully demonstrates how the outcome of actual cases turned on the application of litigation techniques in opening statements, cross-examinations, and closing arguments. If experience is the best instructor then reading Turning Points at Trial is the next best thing--guaranteed. Don’t go to trial without first having read this masterpiece!
Just over a year after ordering and reading this book I attended the Lanier Trial Academy and saw Mark Lanier first hand. He’s in a league of his own. By sheer chance, I looked to my left and I was sitting next to Dr Read himself. He is incredibly humble and gracious and I really enjoyed getting to speak with him so intimately. For a whole day and a half I thought he was just some regular guy because he was so polite and humble. I told him I’d read his books and that I wish I had known he was coming so I could have brought my books for him to sign. He said had an extra copy of Turning Points book and signed it and gave it to me! I recommend any book by Dr Read but this one is a must read for any trial lawyer. It will change the way you try Cases for the better in every capacity.
Read features descriptions of, and transcripts from, actual cases tried by many lawyers, some famous (Alan Dershowitz, Mark Lanier, Robert Bennett) and some less famous but equally accomplished. Each chapter includes excerpts from one of the lawyer's major cases, spliced together with interviews and explanations. It's an ambitious book that, contrary to its title, covers more than just trials; there are major chapters on depositions and appellate arguments.
To use a sports analogy, it's like sitting down with the Super Bowl winning QB and coach, and walking through the game film of every important play in the game, so that you understand what was done and why each step of the way. It's a fantastic way to learn.
On top of that, let's face it: great trial stories are extremely entertaining. So expect to finish the book entertained by the great stories and armed with a better sense for creating great moments at trial.