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Civil Practice: Trying the Case 2019 Edition

This is a practical guide to handling a civil case during trial from jury selection through post-trial motions.

This handbook deals with the practical and strategic aspects of handling a case during trial. It covers the traits and skills of an effective trial advocate, the jury, the opening statement, presenting testimony, preserving the record during trial, presenting the case-in-chief, motions during and at the close of the plaintiff’s and defendant’s cases, motions at the close of all the evidence, the closing argument, jury instructions and special interrogatories, return of the verdict and entry of judgment, and post-trial motions.

 

Chapter 1 — The Trial Advocate: Purpose, Talent, and Philosophy

Robert L. Byman, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 2 — The Jury: The “Right” to It and the Selection of It

Robert Marc Chemers, Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, Chicago

 

Chapter 3 — Opening Statement

Telly C. Nakos, O’Connor & Nakos, Ltd., Chicago

 

Chapter 4 — Presenting Testimony

Robert L. Byman, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 5 — Preserving the Record During Trial

Richard L. Miller II, Miller LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 6 — Presenting the Plaintiff’s Case

Hugh B. Arnold and Paul M. Egan, Arnold and Kadjan, LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 7 — Motions During and at the Close of the Plaintiff’s Case-in-Chief

Andrew P. Shelby, Novack and Macey LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 8 — Presenting the Defendant’s Case

Stacie R. Hartman, Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 9 — Motions During and at the Close of the Defendant’s Case-in-Chief

Michael C. McCutcheon, Kyle R. Olson, and Laura A. Kelly, Baker McKenzie, Chicago

 

Chapter 10 — Motions at the Close of the Evidence

Richard L. Miller II, Miller LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 11 — Jury Instructions, Special Interrogatories, and Verdicts

Shelby L. Drury and Timothy J. Miller, Novack and Macey LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 12 — Closing Argument

Andrew P. Shelby, Novack and Macey LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 13 — Return of the Verdict and Entry of Judgment

Timothy A. Weaver and Kayla A. Condeni, Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, Chicago

 

Chapter 14 — Posttrial Motions

Elizabeth C. Curtin and Bojan Manojlovic, Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago

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This handbook deals with the practical and strategic aspects of handling a case during trial. It covers the traits and skills of an effective trial advocate, the jury, the opening statement, presenting testimony, preserving the record during trial, presenting the case-in-chief, motions during and at the close of the plaintiff’s and defendant’s cases, motions at the close of all the evidence, the closing argument, jury instructions and special interrogatories, return of the verdict and entry of judgment, and post-trial motions.

 

Chapter 1 — The Trial Advocate: Purpose, Talent, and Philosophy

Robert L. Byman, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 2 — The Jury: The “Right” to It and the Selection of It

Robert Marc Chemers, Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, Chicago

 

Chapter 3 — Opening Statement

Telly C. Nakos, O’Connor & Nakos, Ltd., Chicago

 

Chapter 4 — Presenting Testimony

Robert L. Byman, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 5 — Preserving the Record During Trial

Richard L. Miller II, Miller LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 6 — Presenting the Plaintiff’s Case

Hugh B. Arnold and Paul M. Egan, Arnold and Kadjan, LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 7 — Motions During and at the Close of the Plaintiff’s Case-in-Chief

Andrew P. Shelby, Novack and Macey LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 8 — Presenting the Defendant’s Case

Stacie R. Hartman, Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 9 — Motions During and at the Close of the Defendant’s Case-in-Chief

Michael C. McCutcheon, Kyle R. Olson, and Laura A. Kelly, Baker McKenzie, Chicago

 

Chapter 10 — Motions at the Close of the Evidence

Richard L. Miller II, Miller LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 11 — Jury Instructions, Special Interrogatories, and Verdicts

Shelby L. Drury and Timothy J. Miller, Novack and Macey LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 12 — Closing Argument

Andrew P. Shelby, Novack and Macey LLP, Chicago

 

Chapter 13 — Return of the Verdict and Entry of Judgment

Timothy A. Weaver and Kayla A. Condeni, Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, Chicago

 

Chapter 14 — Posttrial Motions

Elizabeth C. Curtin and Bojan Manojlovic, Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago

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