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BELLI TAPES (10 Programs on 5 DVDs)
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"A powerful blend of legal knowledge and legal history." Experts at Law
"The sum total of Belli's remarks are best described as comprising a video encyclopedia created to educate trial lawyers in the nuances of their craft which effectuate winning judgements, large awards, successful appeals, and desired acquittals and dismissals. This set of tapes should reign as a perennial gift to commemorate law school graduation and bar exam passage which shall serve to educate and inspire future generations of trial advocates." Frank Alan Herch, Director, Clark County Law Library
Melvin Belli, "The King of Torts", "The Father of Demonstrative Evidence", was one of the greatest legal minds in American history. His great love of the law and professional acumen established practices and principles used in courtrooms around the world. Besides winning hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients, Belli authored over 70 books and set countless legal precedents that form the basis for legal practice today. This series of ten 50-minute documentaries is used as a valuable reference in public and private law libraries, law schools, law firms, corporations, city, county, state and federal courts. An extraordinary legal legacy of American Trial Practice digitally remastered on DVD.
I. ACCEPTING A CASE
Attributes of a good trial lawyer; Why to accept a case; Why not to take a case; A lawyer's duty; Liability and damages; What a case is worth; The Gluckstein case; Trial lawyers and insurance company lawyers; Purpose of the initial client interview; Cases to avoid; Jurisdiction questions; Statutes of limitation; Accepting criminal cases; The Jack Ruby Case; The lying client; The role of your investigator; Setting legal precedents; Determining compensation; Stare decisis; Res Ipsa Loquitur; Libel and slander cases; Dramshop liability; Divorce cases; The Frank Sullivan case; Personal injury cases; Other kinds of cases; Contributory negligence; Contingency basis and fees; Referring cases to other lawyers; "Captain of the Ship"; A lawyer's responsibility to his client; Avoiding legal malpractice errors; and more.
II. PRETRIAL PREPARATION
Organizing client files; Assembling the trial team; How and where to do research; "A good investigator is worth his weight in gold"; Locating witnesses; Deposing witnesses; The Irene Kincaid case; The race of disclosure; Key elements of discovery; Checking and rechecking documents; Why to always examine evidence and check police reports yourself; Preparing case law; "Trial by brochure"; Capt. Fred Rickenbeil case; Visiting the scene of the accident; Preliminary hearings; Maintaining good calendar; Preparing civil and criminal cases; "Take nothing for granted"; Errors in preparation; The Alaskan Twins case; Producing the "Day in the life of" films; The Case of the Reluctant Stud; selecting expert witnesses; handling clients' emotional demands; Avoiding mistakes; Pre-trial settlement talks; and more.
III. PRESENTING THE CASE
Preliminary hearings; Exemptions from discovery; Counteracting your opponent's deceptiveness; Protecting your plaintiff; Picking the jury; Voir Dire strategies; the "fat juror"; Learning about an unfamiliar community; Preceded by reputation; Preparing your witnesses for the stand; Purpose of exclusionary hearing; Motions: to quash, dismiss, demur, lack of jurisdiction by grand jury, improper form, misjoinder of offenses, insufficiency of facts, consolidation, severance, sequestration of witnesses; "Trial by ambush"; When to object; Overruled objections; How objections can hurt you; How to
"read" a witness; "Educating" the jury; The jury's view of the lawyer / client relationship; Dismissing a witness; Motions during trial; The "Texas objection"; San Francisco Giants breach of warranty case; Making case weaknesses into strengths; Handling medical experts; The chess game of courtroom procedure; and more.
IV. OPENINGS & CLOSINGS
The excitement of trying a new case; Purpose of the opening statement; Developing the case theme or sobriquet; Why to prepare your closing statement first; The Escola v. Coca-Cola case; The use of parables and analogies; Use of the "Golden Rule" when educating the jury; The Victor Hungerford case; The lawyer's attitude toward a judge; Brevity and succinctness; Reading the jury while orating; The Reckenbell closing; Attacking the opponents' arguments; "Speaking objections"; Flukes and luck; Special issues and instructions; The most effective closing words ever used; How much to allow for rebuttal; "When the doves fly"; The danger of overconfidence; Use of demonstration evidence; Key mistakes to avoid in summation; and more.
V. DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE
Original use in criminal trials; "Father of demonstrative evidence"; Ernie Smith case and the drawer of shivs; Words vs. pictures - show rather than tell; Use of aerial photographs; Blow-up documents; Models and exhibits; "Day in the life of" films; "Elmer" the skeleton; X-rays; The plaintiff's physical body; The Chester Bryant case against the cable car company; Using a blackboard to compute awards; The Katherine Jeffers case and the artificial leg; The crushed urethra rod; "The Adequate Award"; The case of Wimbledon champion Maureen Connolly; "A Day in the Life of Brian May"; Experiments outside the courtroom; Ways to use computer animation; Medical chart, anatomical drawings and micro photography; Microbiological forensics; Use of common objects; Videotaped depositions; and more.
VI. COURTROOM TACTICS
"The courtroom is a theatre"; How to enter the courtroom; Using your physical tools - hands, eyes, voice, pacing, etc.; How to best display your witness; The Gertrude Jenkins case; Waiting for and recognizing opportunities during trial; The Maggot Therapy case; The Salk Polio Vaccine case; Tricks to get evidence introduced; John Knight in the Judge's chambers; "Be yourself"; "Last clear chance"; The use of silence; The power of tears; Candor, frankness and sincerity; The best way to use the transcript; Trial delays; Cross-examining witnesses and experts; Discrepancies in the dispositions; Hearing "The angels sing and the cash register ring"; Gluckstein disrobes in chambers; Things lawyers should never do in trial; and more.
VII. CRIMINAL DEFENSES
"Client is not guilty until proven guilty"; Lawyer's job is to find that "little bit of goodness" Bail options; Problems imposed on a lawyer by the criminal justice system; The Soledad Brothers case; Picking the jury; Defending Mickey Cohen; The Jack Ruby case and Texas justice; Lawyer's instructions to his criminal client; Criminal trial notebook; Addressing indictment charges; Discovery process; Plea-bargaining; Grooming defendant for the stand; How the jury views your defendant; How the defendant can best help his attorney; Military justice; Grounds for dismissal; How to handle improper matters - go sidebar; Motion for acquittal; Making white collar cases simple; Cases at San Quentin; Death penalty cases; Pros and con