Called "the greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth," cross-examination is your chance to confront and challenge the other side's testimony. Cross-Examination Edge is a how-to book that will help you improve your cross-examination skills, showing you how to confront the witness in any kind of trial, hearing, or proceeding. You will learn how to gain more leverage and credibility in your cross-examination by utilizing proven techniques with witnesses.Overcome any natural fear or lack of confidence. This book shows you to take command of a courtroom, to the reveal the truth to everyone present, and often win or secure a favorable resolution for your client. Cross-examination is your unique opportunity to do something important and challenging.Learn about questioning techniques, impeaching witnesses, confronting and preparing the expert, and tips for trial practice, among others! Also included in this handbook are samples of cross-examinations. These sample questions cover a variety of common courtroom scenarios, and the new lawyer can use them as a starting point for cross preparation. Seasoned advocates should find several helpful hints and tips to add to their repertoire.
Peter D. Polchinski practices law in New York City. He was a homicide prosecutor for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and National Trial Counsel for a company in asbestos litigation. He was also trial counsel for the families of the pilots in the Avianca Air Disaster case. He developed and has taught six Continuing Legal Education courses, was Chief Instructor for the Hofstra Law School Summer Trial Course, and teaches in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Trial Advocacy Program. A graduate of Suffolk County Community College and Stony Brook University, he received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and an LL.M. in Trade Regulation from New York University School of Law.
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