Chosen the best book from over 300 entries, Winning at Trial has been singled out by the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) for its clarity and innovative teaching methods. Winning at Trial by Shane Read is the only book that teaches trial skills by analyzing video and transcripts of actual trials. It is also the only book that reveals the secrets of jury decision-making through the use of video in collaboration with one of the nation's foremost jury consultants, DecisionQuest.
This innovative book is being used by law schools throughout the country for both their introductory and advanced trial advocacy classes, as well as by law firms for their training programs. The author, a seasoned trial lawyer and professor, has carefully selected video and transcripts from actual trials (4 hours of video on two DVDs) that show lawyers demonstrating both great and terrible skills in the courtroom - which teach trial techniques and strategy in an interesting and memorable way.
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"A fresh and updated approach to trial advocacy. With almost four hours of video of focus groups and specific trial clips, the DVDs are worth their weight in gold. Shane Read has spent countless hours analyzing actual trials to bring the best teaching examples to your fingertips. If you are looking for the best advocacy book, this is it. Winning at Trial is a comprehensive guide to trying a case, from start to finish, voir dire to closing argument, including exhibits and objections. . . . This book should be on the shelves of every student, lawyer and teacher of advocacy. Whether you are trying your first case or your 100th, you must read this book."
-Tracy Walters McCormack, Director of Advocacy, University of Texas School of Law
"Shane Read takes the mystery out of learning trial skills in this unique book, sure to revolutionize the way trial skills are taught. . . . In Winning at Trial, readers study actual trials where techniques are either executed at such a high level of excellence or so badly demonstrated that those skills needed to master winning techniques will never be forgotten."
-Eric H. Holder, Jr., former U.S. Deputy Attorney General
"Shane Read has written an excellent book that will be most helpful to the bench and bar for many years to come. I wish he had produced this gem 50 years ago so I could have used it when I was a trial lawyer. It would have also made easier my job as a trial judge if the attorneys had the benefit of Winning at Trial when preparing their cases. Shane draws upon his unique experiences as a civil trial lawyer, prosecutor and law professor to set forth in an original and practical way the skills needed to win in the courtroom."
-Robert F. Chapman, former U.S. District Judge, retired U.S. Circuit Judge
"An important and timely addition to the trial literature. Winning at Trial is both an enormously instructive text for law students and an invaluable resource for the experienced trial lawyer. Shane Read has skillfully bridged the gap between theory, trial strategy, and the development of fundamental courtroom skills. Through detailed explanations and well-chosen examples from high profile cases, Winning at Trial explains in detail how to do it and why it works."
-Douglas A. Blaze, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and former Director of Clinical Programs, University of Tennessee College of Law
"Winning at Trial is a must read for all trial lawyers. It is the most comprehensive compilation of trial strategy that I have read in many, many years. . . . I strongly recommend to any lawyer who wants to learn how to try a lawsuit or to improve and enhance his or her skills, this is a book you should read."
-George Chandler, former president of the Texas Trial Lawyer Association