Friday, October 27, 2017


Seattle University Law School has featured the fifth edition of PretrialAdvocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy in its Our Scholars publication.

Pretrial Advocacy provides an excellent conceptual and practical foundation for pretrial litigation for trial lawyers, teachers and law students. This new edition is updated and has expanded coverage of both criminal and civil pretrial practice. The focus remains on federal and state litigation. Professional responsibility and civility are emphasized throughout the text. Checklists of skills, techniques, standards and ethics appear in each chapter.

Underpinning the Pretrial Advocacy book is the Confucian methodology of “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” First, each of the Pretrial Advocacy’s fourteen chapters offers a comprehensive explanation of a core litigation activity, from client interviewing, case theory development, drafting pleadings and discovery requests, motions, pretrial preparation through Alternative Dispute Resolution and pretrial readiness conferences. Additionally, each chapter both covers ethical and legal boundaries as well as provides a checklist for the particular pretrial activity under discussion.

Second, Pretrial Advocacy enables the students to see and remember. With the streaming videos provided on the password protected website, students can see and retain the information. For example, they can watch experienced trial lawyers take and defend a deposition and also use the deposition at trial.

Third and most importantly, students can learn litigation skills by performing them. Unlike any other litigation books and materials on the market, Pretrial Advocacy comes with a complete set of materials, including 79 role-playing assignments, two case files (complete with exhibits, witness statements, depositions, and so on) an Actors’ Guide for the witnesses, and a Teacher’s Manual.

New in this fifth edition are such topics as cultural competency essential to effective pretrial preparation and litigation and the skills required to collaboratively work in teams and strategies for conflict resolution


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