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March 23, 2023

This article was originally published in The Trial Advocate, Vol. 24 No. 1 (2023). Used with permission.

An effective court appearance requires significant preparation. Learning how to make effective court appearances takes years of practice, hours of preparation, and many opportunities to try new advocacy techniques. But effective advocacy is not accomplished overnight. It must be learned, prepared, and practiced repeatedly. “Believe no one who tries to tell you that there is such a thing as a natural born trial attorney. We have yet to see one. Civil trial attorneys are made, not born. The requisite skills must be learned: by observation, education, and — most importantly — by actual preparation and experience”

Read the full article by Hudson Jones below.