This week, we profile Tony Serra:
CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?
Tony: I am a criminal jury trial specialist. I chose such a specialty because for me it is the most effective way of preserving civil and constitutional rights.
CEB: What CEB book or program have you found most helpful in your practice and why?
Tony: My most used CEB book is California Criminal Law, Procedure and Practice. It is succinct, accurate and well-indexed.
CEB: What do you like best and least about practicing law?
Tony: What I like best about criminal law is exposing police misconduct and the inequities of the system. What I like least is LOSING – motions or trial!
CEB: What is the best legal tip you ever received?
Tony: “If the judge or jury is not listening, raise your voice; keep raising it until you get their attention.”
CEB: How do you think the practice of law will change in the next 15 years?
Tony: The era of the “fire and brimstone” courtroom lawyer/orator will close forever.
CEB: What are the most interesting books you have read recently?
Tony: The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther by Jeffrey Haas. It’s interesting because it made sure that I will not forget nor forgive police-sanctioned atrocity.
CEB: What is your contact information?
CEB: Thank you, Tony!
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