About the Book
Materials in Trial Advocacy
Thomas A. Mauet
University of Arizona
Warren D. Wolfson
Appellate Court of Illinois
University of Wyoming
2011. 1,000 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7355-1044-9. With Teacher's Manual.
About the Book
An author team with an extraordinary depth of experience in trial practice.
- Mauet and Wolfson practiced law for 30 years as lawyers and judges
- Divides trial techniques into three levels: the essentials, the process of developing trial strategy, and complete trials
- Materials are based on actual cases from the authors’ own professional experiences
- Each chapter contains both civil and criminal problems of increasing complexity
- More complete coverage, more cases, and more problems than competing titles
New to the Seventh Edition:
- New co-author Steve Easton, dean at University of Wyoming Law School. An accomplished trial attorney, award winning Trial Advocacy teacher, and author of numerous articles and books on Trial Advocacy and professional responsibility.
- A new trial file containing allegations of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. The type of case that young attorneys might find themselves trying, so it has a “real world” feel for law students.
- A new trial file arising out of a shoving incident. This case can be tried in three different ways: (a) as a criminal battery trial (i.e., State v. Shover); (b) as a civil damages case by one combatant against the other (i.e., “Shovee” v. Shover); or (c) as a civil rights suit against the police officer who responded to the scene and injured the eye of one of the combatants by using pepper spray (i.e., Shover v. City). Instead of using the traditional method of telling each witness what she/he observed via written instructions, this trial uses DVDs of the incident. Each witness reviews a DVD of the incident, then testifies based upon his or her actual memory.
- New problem regarding the authentication of a document that was allegedly produced by a computer. Increasingly, “documents” are items received via computer. This problem will challenge students to establish that the document was produced by the person the proponent claims produced it.
- Moving the Trial Files from Chapter 9 to a compact disc. This will substantially reduce the bulk of the book without removing any materials used by instructors.
- Updating the dollar amounts for assorted items in the problems, to bring them up to date.
- Adding line numbers to depositions, grand jury transcripts, preliminary hearing transcripts and, where appropriate, "Q & A" statements to police officers. This will give students the opportunity to make specific page and line references while impeaching or otherwise using these documents.