The Articulate Advocate: Persuasive Skills for Lawyers in Trials, Appeals, Arbitrations, and Motions by Brian K. Johnson and Marsha Hunter

The Articulate Advocate: Persuasive Skills for Lawyers in Trials, Appeals, Arbitrations, and Motions by Brian K. Johnson and Marsha Hunter covers the stuff we don’t learn in the classroom: how to speak, where to stand, whether to memorize your statements, among other small, but critical skills for trial lawyers. Backed by scientific research and the authors’s lengthy experience orking with trial lawyers, the lessons in this book not only make sense, but also, if implemented, can make an immediate difference in your advocacy. Of note, I found their structured improvisation method excellent. I also benefited from their discussion on gestures, speaking notes, use of pauses, eye contact, among the many other topics they covered.