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Trial Techniques and Trials, Eleventh Edition

  • Thomas A. Mauet
  • Stephen D. Easton
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By far the most thorough and detailed of the books in the field, Trial Techniques and Trialsis a comprehensive yet concise handbook that covers all aspects of the trial process and provides excellent examples illustrating strategies for opening statements, jury selection, direct- and cross-examination, exhibits, objections, and more. Extensive examples are clustered into three groups: personal injury, commercial, and criminal for ease in finding particular areas of trial practice. Tom Mauet and Steve Easton, renowned for their skills both as writers and trial attorneys, break the trial process down into its critical components for better and quicker comprehension by students and practicing attorneys who have little or no trial experience.

New to the Eleventh Edition:

  • Updates regarding recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence
  • Additional emphasis on presenting evidence and argument visually, not just orally, for modern juries
  • Coverage of additional aspects of trial including site visits and foundation battles over emails and other electronic communications

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Integrated discussion of the strategy and psychology of persuasion—particularly regarding jury selection, opening statements, and closing arguments
  • Numerous illustrations from tort cases, criminal cases, and commercial trials
  • Broad and flexible examples that allow readers to focus on either the plaintiff’s or the defendant’s side of the case—or both
  • Logical organization that follows the chronology of a trial process
  • A companion website with additional examples, a trial notebook, and other tools for trial lawyers
  • Video lectures about critical trial moments
  • Video demonstrations of effective trial advocacy, including a complete jury trial
  • Extensive supplemental materials available on the book’s Connected Casebook resource page
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About the authors
Thomas Mauet
Professor of Law

Professor Mauet directs the Trial Advocacy Program and teaches Evidence, Pretrial Litigation, and Trial Advocacy. For ten years Professor Mauet practiced as a trial lawyer in Chicago. He was a prosecutor with the Cook County State#39;s Attorney and the United States Attorney offices. He was a commercial litigator and specialized in medical negligence litigation with the firm of Hinshaw Culbertson. During these years he also was an adjunct faculty member at Loyola and Chicago-Kent law schools, teaching criminal law and trial advocacy. Professor Mauet is a leading authority on trials. His latest book is emTrials: Strategy, Skills, and the New Powers of Presentationem. His other books include: emTrial Techniquesem (6th ed.), emMaterials in Trial Advocacyem (5th ed.), emPretrialem (6th ed.), and emTrial Evidenceem (3d ed.), all published by Aspen Law Business. emTrial Techniquesem is the leading text in the field and has Canadian, French, New Zealand, Australian, and Chinese editions. Professor Mauet was an Arizona Superior Court Judge pro tem in 1987 - 1988 and in 1988 - 1989 taught at George Washington University as the Howrey Professor of Trial Advocacy. He has also served as a visiting faculty member at Harvard Law School#39;s trial advocacy program and at Washington University. He is a co-founder of the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy. He is a former regional director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and has taught in numerous NITA programs throughout the United States since 1976. Professor Mauet#39;s research interests center on the application of social science research, particularly in psychology and communications, to the jury trial process.

Stephen Easton
University of Wyoming College of Law

Stephen D. Easton was named dean of the University of Wyoming College of Law on July 1, 2009. Easton#39;s research, writing, and speaking focus on expert witnesses, effective trial advocacy and professional responsibility (ethics). He is the author of emHow to Win Jury Trials: Building Credibility with Judges and Jurors, a handbook for trial attorneysem. He is a popular continuing legal education speaker who has been invited to speak to groups of practicing trial attorneys in dozens of states. Easton was previously the C.A. Leedy Professor of Law at the University of Missouri, where he won several university and national teaching and writing awards, including the Pound Civil Justice Institute Richard S. Jacobson Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy, the University of Missouri#39;s William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, the American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Writing Prize and Mizzou#39;s Excellence in Education and Golden Chalk Awards. In law school, Easton was associate managing editor of the emStanford Law Reviewem and president of the Stanford Law Forum. Before starting his teaching career, he was a law clerk to The Honorable Joseph T. Sneed of the United States Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California; an associate and partner with the Pearce Durick in Bismarck, North Dakota; and the United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota in Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota.

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