This book builds upon the success of earlier editions, providing a structure that is scalable regardless of the type of case an advocate finds themselves confronting. The focus on case analysis remains a strong point in the 3rd edition, with additional online resources included to truly immerse the student in every fundamental advocacy skill discussed in the text. Students can enter the text where they see fit, focusing immediately upon the specific skill they wish to develop. The book is written holistically, with a commitment to the development of core competencies and advocacy skills interwoven throughout the text. This allows the advocate using the text to learn fundamentals and overarching concepts at the same time - greatly increasing their initial understanding and depth of learning. This book is fundamentally different from any other advocacy book on the shelves today, and it is a difference that matters. The commitment to structure has resulted in an approach that unlocks the legal storyteller within every advocate studying the text. They are set free to tell stories that matter, ask questions that are necessary, and deliver arguments that move others, the essence of advocacy.

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Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Coursebook
Publication Date: 08/14/2015

Charles H. Rose III, Ohio Northern University College of Law


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The new text has been reworked from the ground up to reflect recent changes in the rules, and the impact of technology on the practice of trial work. This has resulted in embedded links provided to supplement the written word with presentations designed to support the learning experience. This seamless integration online media solves the issue of how to increase the value of the printed book without losing the magic of the pages in your hands. The text has also been modified through out with new graphical representations, additional chapters, and additional supplemental materials, to include the great Terry MacCarthy’s Rules for Trial Advocacy, provided at his suggestion. The appendices have been updated with the relevant law, and the additional updated law has been placed strategically throughout the text where relevant. 5 years in the making, this is a new edition that was not only needed, but demanded by the breakneck speed at which technology is transforming the practice of law, to include trial practice.

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