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- Print Length: 377 pages
- Publisher: Westway Publishing (August 19, 2019)
- Publication Date: August 19, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07WTRXQT4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Winning at Cross-Examination: A Modern Approach for Depositions and Trials Kindle Edition
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The book also steers readers through the substantial preparation involved in delivering a triumphant cross-examination rather than simply focusing on courtroom drama . . . . Each chapter delivers actionable tips attorneys can incorporate into their own practices. Read is knowledgeable about courtroom techniques and has done substantial research into the cases he addresses, resulting in a trove of topical information. . . . The winning prose makes the book an enjoyable read as well as an instructive one."
"Finally, someone has challenged some of the long-standing myths of cross-examination and brought the art into the 21st Century."
--Dicky Grigg, Past President, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
"Shane Read has done it again. Building on his model of teaching through great examples, he has assembled the perfect 'how to' guide."
--Tracy W. McCormack, Director of Advocacy, The University of Texas School of Law
"Winning at Cross-Examination is so full of so many wonderful things that it is almost impossible to do justice to it with simple descriptions. It should be an indispensable resource for young, aspiring trial lawyers, but trial lawyers of any age or experience would do well to refer to it regularly to achieve more focused and meaningful cross-examinations. The author's scholarship and analysis of the many legal writings and articles on the subject of cross-examination are very insightful. He also presents a thorough digest of techniques in a very well organized and thoughtful way. The author also challenges old mistaken certainties related to the 'proper' techniques for cross-examination by providing an understandable critique with a simple and credible cure. No matter whether an attorney practices civil or criminal law, the lessons are valuable to all. Simply stated, this book is a tremendous and indispensable resource for any trial lawyer desirous of truly impactful cross examinations."
--Lewis Sifford, Past President, American Board of Trial Advocates
"In this brilliant analysis of spectacular trial successes, Shane Read persuasively focuses on the pivotal role of a unifying theme, a carefully crafted bottom-line message, rooted in virtue and woven creatively into a compelling story. From that indispensable foundation, the trial lawyer's entire house -- particularly the all-important role of effective cross-examination -- is built. No courtroom 'house builder' of our time is more skilled than Mark Lanier, the living embodiment of the author's 'how to' guidance, who repeatedly strides across the pages of this eminently readable, extraordinarily practical book. Not every lawyer can realistically aspire to be the Mozart or Poet Laureate of trial practice, but following the author's stirring examples of Mark Lanier's dazzling performances will help every trial lawyer reach his or her own pinnacle of litigation success with both persuasive power and complete integrity."
--Ken Starr, Former U.S. Solicitor General
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Read, a practicing trial lawyer as well as prolific author, adds this much-needed book to his collection of excellent advocacy titles. He dispels many myths and lays out simple principles any lawyer can follow to improve their trial performance.
Read understands that cross is the lawyer's chance to tell your own client's story. It is an opportunity to have opposing witnesses agree with you under oath- or look foolish by trying not to.
Chapters 2 through 4 teach you the core of Read's techniques. But the book is more ambitious than just a how-to manual. After teaching you how to do it, the last 2/3 of the book shows its principles in action in famous trials by great trial lawyers. Read interviewed many of them for this book. And he doesn't just add dry transcripts- Read sets up each situation, narrates it, and explains it afterward, so you can understand what the trial lawyer did, why they did it, and why it worked (or failed).
I was impressed by the many examples from Mark Lanier's trials. Read shows you how Lanier gets ready, reviewing documents and putting together a folder and outline for every witness. As he says, Lanier is the "best prepared person in the courtroom." Being organized, in the right way, is the game changer, as Lanier says. Even as the reader watches Lanier examine scholarly experts, you realize that Lanier is just employing simple techniques that you can use in any case. It all comes down to hard work and preparation. But knowing how to prepare is the key. Which is where this book comes in.
There are other great real-life examples- David Boies's work in the Perry case that overturned California's Proposition 8, is a great example of how to attack an expert. Boies applies techniques explained by Read, to devastating effect. I was also impressed by the criminal defense lawyers in the George Zimmerman case. Read explains how they took a witness the prosecution should never have called, and used their cross-examination to obtain testimony devastating to the prosecution.
If you try cases, you should know how to cross-examine. Whatever your experience level, and whatever amount of time you have devoted so far to learning how to cross-examine, I highly recommend this book.
Not only does Mr. Read tell a good story, but he does so in an accessible and engaging manner. He lays out the tactics that work best at cross-examination, and dissects why other options do not work as well. He shows the reader how to win with step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. This book eliminates the mystery and the mystique of the great trial lawyer by laying bare the secrets of the best in their field. His use of quotes, poetry, and humor make it a quick and fun read. His chapter checklists and highlighted practice tips make it an invaluable one for any lawyer trying to improve her cross-examination skills. Don't hesitate to purchase this incredibly useful guide to becoming the best lawyer on cross that you can be!