What Judges Want 2016. A Former Judge's Guide to Success in Court

  • ID: 4196580
  • Book
  • Region: United States
  • ALM Media, LLC
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What Judges Want: A Former Judges Guide to Success in Court, a new book by James M. Stanton of the Stanton Law Firm in Dallas. After leaving the civil district bench in Dallas, Stanton began memorializing strategies and tactics that are effective in the courtroom. These methods are not found in legal hornbooks or practice guides; rather they are based on his collective experience at over 100 trials and thousands of hearings as a lawyer and judge. Now in private practice, he has effectively used these methods to persuade judges to find for his clients. A must-have for any trial lawyer, this is a field guide for preparing pleadings and oral arguments before hearings. Each chapter includes examples of how to effectively persuade judges and checklists of tips and hints that can be immediately used by the reader.
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Table of ContentsI. StrategyThinkingChapter 1: Channeling Aristotle: The Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Use of Ethos, Pathos,and Logosto Win with JudgesChapter 2: Four Questions You Must Be Able to Answer If YouWant to Win Your Next HearingWritingChapter 3: Three Tips for Getting the Judge to ReadYour Papers Before the HearingChapter 4: Things You Should Never Say in Your CourtPapers(And, What You Should Write InsteadArguingChapter 5: Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Three SignsYou’ve Lost Your Argument and Should Stop Talking(and Start ListeningChapter 6: Handling a Hostile Bench: Three Ways to EffectivelyRespond When You Believe the Judge is BeingDisrespectfulII. TacticsPreliminary MattersChapter 7: If You Shoot the King, You Better Kill Him: Thingsto Consider Before Filing a Motion to Recuse Your JudgeChapter 8: What You Need to Know to Get a Temporary RestrainingOrder and Turn it Into a Temporary InjunctionChapter 9: What Do You Do When You Don’t Have Enough to GetChapter 10: Considerations Before Moving to Compel ArbitrationChapter 11: You Say You’re Not From Texas? How to WinChapter 12: Why Are You Afraid of Me: Persuading a JudgeChapter 13: Electronic Discovery and ESI: Just AnotherChapter 14: How to Make a Judge Eagerly Await YourChapter 15: When and How to Seek Court InterventionChapter 16: Why You Should Never File a Motion for SanctionsDispositive MotionsChapter 17: How to Successfully Argue Your Next SummaryChapter 18: Excluding Experts at the Robinson HearingTrial and Post-TrialChapter 19: A Jury of One: Make Your Next Bench TrialChapter 20: The (Only) Three Successful ArgumentsChapter 21: The Four Attributes of a Superb Local CounselChapter 22: The Pretrial Hearing: Likely the Most ImportantDay in the Life of Your Case
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James M.Stanton assists individuals and businesses in high-stakes litigation in state and federal court. The depth and breadth of his courtroom experience provides a unique perspective to persuade judges and juries to resolve issues favorablyfor his clients. Before founding Stanton Law Firm PC, James served as presiding judge of the 134th Judicial District Court in Dallas County, Texas, and practiced in the trial departments at Andrews Kurth LLP and Cozen O’Connor PC. During his career as a lawyer and judge, his experience included handling over 60 jury trials, 40 bench trials, and thousands of hearings. He is board certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and currently serves on the Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee for Business, Consumer, and Employment. His scholarly writing in the Baylor Law Review and the Thurgood Marshall Law Review has been cited by Texas appellate courts, and he speaks frequently on trial advocacy and juror and judicial decision making.
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