Courtroom Psychology and Trial Advocacy (Hardcover)

By Richard C. Waites

ALM Publishing, 9780970597090, 624pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2002

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An invaluable resource for experienced trial attorneys, inexperienced trial attorneys looking to advance to the next level of trial practice, and corporate counsel who handle litigation, this book looks at the role courtroom psychology plays in modern trial practice. It covers the essentials of trial practice, including jury selection, opening and closing statements, and questioning witnesses, as well as the key aspects of arbitration hearings and mediations. But what makes this book different from other trial advocacy primers is its attention to courtroom psychology (or persuasion psychology). This area concerns how and why jurors, judges, and arbitrators make decisions and how they are influenced. This book examines the role persuasion psychology plays in modern trial practice and how lawyers can use it to their advantage.

About the Author

Richard C. Waites, JD, PhD, is the chief executive officer and founder of Advocacy Sciences, Inc. and the Advocates, one of the nation's most respected trial consulting firms. In addition to a law degree, he also has a doctorate in psychology. He lives in Houston, Texas.