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Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy

The ultimate guide to Massachusetts trial technique

2060081B00
10/3/2014
560 pages in 1 volume (printed book)
2nd Edition 2009, with 2011 & 2014 Supplements
© 2014 MCLE, Inc.
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Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy teaches you the tips, effective strategies and useful, practical techniques you need to advocate for your client in court. Featured are chapters on mediation and arbitration advocacy; jury matters; and extensive guidance on damages, as well as a chapter devoted to criminal practice. With a highly practical focus and incisive analysis of trial practice issues, this handbook is an essential resource for any Massachusetts litigator at any stage of his or her courtroom career.

Recent updates:

  • Update: September 2014

    Dear Subscriber:

    Thank you for updating your library with the 2014 supplement to Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy. This latest supplement brings updated resources within your immediate reach—for fast, accurate, and practical answers to your questions.

    Highlights from the many developments reflected in this supplement include the following:

    • changes to the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure dealing with the preservation and discovery of electronically stored information, including provisions for conferences dealing with such information and for the handling of information considered "not reasonably accessible because of undue burden or cost";
    • case law on the admissibility of opinion testimony offered by lay witnesses;
    • a new subsection on the range of services provided by jury consultants;
    • substantially revised materials on direct and cross-examination, including discussions of witness preparation, the use of social media, the role of technology in preparing for and presenting evidence at trial, and the admissibility of electronically stored information;
    • a dramatically expanded discussion of damages from the defendant's perspective, providing several new exhibits and addressing pretrial motions along with techniques for discovery and investigation; and
    • updated information on practice in criminal trials, addressing challenges to the composition of the jury array, the use of peremptory challenges, and the taking of notes by jurors.

    We trust you will find this latest version of Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy an invaluable resource for your busy practice.

    Very truly yours,

    John M. Lawlor, Esq., MCLE Publications Attorney

  • Update: November 2011

    Dear Subscriber:

    Thank you for updating your library with the 2011 supplement to Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy. This latest supplement brings updated resources within your immediate reach—for fast, accurate, and practical answers to your questions.

    Highlights from the many developments reflected in this supplement include the following:

    • newly adopted standards for the admission of medical bills pursuant to G.L. c. 233, § 79C;
    • robust developments in the law governing the admission of documents that are arguably "testimonial," including decisions on drug analysis certificates, ballistics certificates, certificates and records from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles; completed returns of service, and certified copies of convictions;
    • amendments to the time periods set forth in the local rules of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts;
    • a new exhibit providing sample language illustrating issues often arising during defendant's closing argument, including
      • organization of the argument,
      • dealing with an untruthful opponent or witness,
      • integrating the court's instructions into the argument, and
      • impressing on the jury its obligation to deliver a fair verdict;
    • recent cases on recusal, the law-of-the-case doctrine, judicial estoppel; "missing witness" instructions, and views; and
    • numerous developments on issues relating to mediation and arbitration.

    We trust you will find this latest version of Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy an invaluable resource for your busy practice.

    Very truly yours,

    John M. Lawlor, Esq., MCLE Publications Attorney

  • Update: January 2009

    Dear Subscriber:

    Thank you for updating your library with the 2009 edition of Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy.

    Highlights from among the many issues addressed in this edition include

    • a new chapter on mediation and arbitration, authored by former Appeals Court and Superior Court justice Gordon Doerfer, now a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS, Inc., in Boston;
    • important developments in the area of electronic discovery, including amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and new national guidelines for state trial courts;
    • a Supreme Judicial Court decision on the showing required to establish judicial estoppel;
    • recent case law on expert testimony, relating to the Daubert-Lanigan reliability standard and when expert testimony is necessary to establish a prima facie case;
    • Supreme Judicial Court decisions in 2008 validating loss of chance of survival as a basis for recovery, even if the chance of survival was less than 50 percent prior to the physician's negligence;
    • a recent Appeals Court decision upholding summary judgment against a plaintiff who failed to establish that more than $2,000 in medical expenses (the statutory tort threshold in motor vehicle cases under G.L. c. 231, § 6D) were reasonably related to the alleged injury; and
    • developing case law on the availability of emotional distress standards under the principles set forth in Stonehill College v. MCAD, 441 Mass. 549 (2004).

    We trust you will find the 2009 edition of Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy a valuable resource, as we at MCLE continue our efforts to bring you the latest solutions to the issues you face in your practice.

    Very truly yours,

    John M. Lawlor, Esq., MCLE Publications Attorney

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 - An Introduction to Trial Advocacy (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 2 - Preparing for Civil Trial in Massachusetts (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 3 - Jury Selection (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 4 - Opening Statement (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 5 - Introduction of Evidence (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 6 - Objections (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 7 - Direct Examination (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 8 - Cross-Examination (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 9 - Examination of Experts (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 10 - Closing Argument—Plaintiff's Perspective (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 11 - Closing Argument—Defendant's Perspective (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 12 - Trial Motion Practice (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 13 - Damages—Plaintiff's Perspective (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 14 - Damages—Defendant's Perspective (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 15 - Trial Advocacy in Criminal Defense (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 16 - Mediation and Arbitration (Buy Chapter)

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