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Sumner Published in ABA Litigation Reference Book

Trying Your First Case— A Practitioner’s Guide
August 2014

Charleston Litigation Member Robert Sumner served as a contributing author for the American Bar Association book Trying Your First Case— A Practitioner’s Guide, which published this summer.  Sumner authored a chapter entitled “The Importance of an Effective Trial Theme.”

The book, a collective work of the Trial Practice Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation, was compiled to give both young and experienced lawyers a playbook to use when preparing a case for trial.  Detailed examples offer insights on how to persuade jurors, prepare efficiently, and present evidence and arguments in a compelling manner.   

In addition to Sumner’s chapter, other chapters include:

  • Jury Instructions
  • Opening Statements
  • Cross-Examination
  • Dealing with Expert Witnesses
  • Closing Arguments
  • Post-Trial Proceedings