"Lessons From the Courtroom" (2009) Frank Jones, Esq.

In the interest of full disclosure, the author of Lessons from the Courtroom is retired Fulbright partner, Frank Jones. That said, Lessons from the Courtroom articulates a clear-eyed view from the defense bar. Writing from over 30 years of experience at Fulbright & Jaworki, Jones demonstrates why he was a successful litigator, weaving stories and examples into a clear outline of the litigation process. Covering discovery, witness preparation, voire dire and the trial itself, it made me wish that I had read such a clear cut book during my early career--it would have saved me a lot of head aches and late nights. What I didn't expect from this book is a historical perspective of the development of the litigation process that Jones witnessed during his career. From the oral theatrics from famed Texas cowboy litigator Joe Jamail to the myriad of e-discovery issues, Jones cuts across these issues with the simplicity that explains his success as a litigator. Jones teaches, in his quiet, patient, simple tones, where to stand in the court room, how to defuse a difficult witness and how to prepare your closing argument. A deceptively easy read, I would highly recommend this for all law students who are interested in becoming a litigator. You may purchase Lessons from the Courtroom at Amazon.com.

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