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Do You Know When to Request a Sidebar?

After a party objects to the admission of evidence, the proponent of the evidence can respond by arguing that the objection doesn’t apply or isn’t valid, or that the evidence is admissible because of an exception to the ground stated in the objection. Where that argument is made can make a big difference—should you argue in open court or in a sidebar conference?

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Evidence Legal Topics Litigation Strategy Trial Strategy

8 Ways to Make Calling Witnesses More Dramatic

As a trial attorney, never forget your role as director of the courtroom play. Consider these staging decisions when it comes to calling witnesses.

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Litigation Strategy Trial Strategy

Don’t Do These 4 Things During Your Closing Argument

The permissible scope of counsel’s closing arguments before a jury is broad, but there are limits. Here are 4 things that tread into improper territory.

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Civil Litigation Discovery Legal Topics

Keep This in Mind During Every Deposition

When taking or defending a deposition, always keep in mind that you’re making a record for the jury. Sometime later, perhaps years after the deposition took place, a jury may hear parts of the deposition and you want everything to be there and be clear.

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How to Rehab Your Witness

What can you do if your witness’s truthfulness has been challenged? Use evidence of the witness’s prior consistent statement to rehabilitate your witness. Here’s how it’s done.

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Evidence Legal Topics Litigation Strategy Trial Strategy

7 Questions to Answer Before Using Opinion Character Evidence

There are situations in which you may want to introduce opinion character evidence at trial. But before you use a character witness in a civil case, ask yourself the following questions.

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Evidence Legal Topics Litigation Strategy Pretrial Matters

Have You Considered a Motion in Limine to ADMIT Evidence?

young lawyer considering whether to use a motion in limine to include evidenceMany lawyers view motions in limine as tools used only to exclude or limit particular evidence.  But the experts know that a motion in limine is also a useful tool to admit evidence.

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Civil Litigation Legal Topics Litigation Strategy Trial Strategy

3 Tips for Plaintiff’s Closing Argument

plaintiff's lawyer talking to jury during closing argumentA plaintiff‘s closing argument must focus on linking the plaintiff’s claims to the evidence. However when a jury is involved, you’ll need to do more than that. Here are three tips from expert trial attorneys for an effective closing argument.

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Civil Litigation Legal Topics Litigation Strategy Trial Strategy

What You Can’t Ask a Juror During Voir Dire

potential jurors waiting to be questioned by the attorneys and the judgeWhen selecting a jury for a civil trial, counsel has pretty wide latitude in terms of the scope of voir dire questions. But there are limits.

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Civil Litigation Criminal Law Evidence Legal Topics Litigation Strategy Trial Strategy

Begin and End with Your Strongest Questions

use strong question to open and close your cross-examination of a trial witnessWhen cross-examining a witness, almost always begin and end with your strongest questions. Except in a couple of situations.