Monday, March 28, 2005

Resources for Litigators and Litigators-in-Training

The past couple of weeks I have read about a number of great new sites for litigators. Here they are, in no particular order, along with a couple of my "old" favorites.

The Ten Minute Mentor — sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the Texas Bar CLE. This collection of over 100 free instructional video presentations by experienced lawyers includes: Negotiation Techniques for the New Attorney, What to Expect at Your First Criminal Plea, Tips for Conducting an Effective Voir Dire, and Perspectives from the Bench. There are also videos on topics not directly related to litigation.

Twelve Ways Technology Can Make You a Better Trial Lawyer — Although he admits that gadgets will not make you a better trial lawyer, Dave Swanner does use technology to help him in his practice. In this guest post to Notes from the (Legal) Underground, he shares his recommendations for software that can help you manage your cases, prepare for trial, present evidence, and increase your efficiency. He also tells how you can use listservs, internet research and weblogs to stay up-to-date on the law, trial techniques and tips, investigation and research, technology, productivity news and thinking, practice management advice, marketing advice, and (of course) gadgets. And let me join Tom Mighell at Inter Alia in recommending that you also use weblogs for tips on Internet legal research.

The Illinois Trial Practice Weblog — Evan Schaeffer shares tips and techniques for trial lawyers, appearing for the plaintiff or defense, on dozens of litigation-related topics.

South Carolina Trial Law Blog — Although this blog has only been up and running for a few weeks, David Swanner has already accumulated a nice collection of posts on practice management, technology and trial techniques.

Trial Advocacy Blog — The Temple University Law Library created this blog as a forum to provide information and discussion on trial advocacy.

Trial Ad Notes — This blog presents news and resources relating to trial advocacy, with a focus on Washington State, to support the students and faculty of the University of Washington's Trial Advocacy program.

For more blawgs on litigation, go to Litigation in the Legal Subjects & Areas subdirectory of the directory.

Tips from Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog, The Illinois Trial Practice Weblog, and Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

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