Although the book I am recommending today was written primarily as a law-school text, Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy is also an excellent resource for practitioners, especially younger lawyers working on their first trials.
Described as a "how-to book for trial lawyers," Trial Advocacy is full of practical information about all the areas of trial you'd expect: jury selection, opening, exhibits, direct, cross, experts, instructions, closing. The book also includes a DVD in which "experienced trial counsel present" a mock trial based on the materials in the book.
Here's a sample tip from the book, chosen pretty much at random from a chapter titled "Cross-Examination of Experts"--
The expert's opinion may be vulnerable in the following areas:
- The time the expert had or used in analyzing the data (the doctor examined the patient for ten minutes; psychiatrist did not examine criminal defendant until ten weeks after the crime);
- Information was incomplete (the engineer did not receive all the blueprints);
- Expert is making an incorrect assumption about the data (the expert assumes that the core soil sample he was given was from "quadrant 4";you will present evidence that the sample was from "quadrant 3," which invalidates the expert's calculation);
- Expert received faulty or biased data (much of the data is from an interested party);
- Expert's procedures or experiments for analyzing the data faulty, unreliable, left undone, or wrong (a mtallurgist failed to heat the metal to the appropriate temperature).