Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers (an excerpt from the new book) INTRODUCTION The excerpt, below, is from Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers, by Keith Evans. It’s pulled from four sections of the book: The Dimensions of Advocacy, Advocacy as Theater, Cross-Examination, and Written Advocacy. It is both entertaining and… brief. The author, Keith Evans,… Read More »
KEITH EVANS is a retired member of the Bars of both England and California, a Scholar of the Middle Temple Inn of Court in London, a member of Gray's Inn and a former Honorary Master of San Diego's Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court. He studied law at Cambridge and started trial practice as an English Barrister in 1963. From 1975 until 1996 he was an active member of the California Bar. He has handled several hundred jury trials and has practiced in State and Federal Courts as well as, in England, every court from the Old Bailey to the House of Lords. He was forced to retire (while, as he puts it, on a winning run) after suffering a stroke in 1998. The holder of an Outstanding Trial Lawyer award from the San Diego Trial Lawyer's Association, he is also a distinguished teacher of trial advocacy. His book on the subject is the standard text in England and in many parts of the British Commonwealth. He has been a visiting professor at an American university law school, has been on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), and he still teaches a highly acclaimed full-day CLE seminar on trial-advocacy. He practiced with several firms in the United States, including Gray, Cary in San Diego and the aviation litigation firm of Speiser, Krause & Cook in New York City and Washington, DC.
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