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Welcome to the Trial Practice Committee's Sound Advice archive. Sound Advice shares the experience and collective wisdom of some of finest legal minds in the world. Easy access to such a vast collection of knowledge will be useful and enjoyable. Sound Advice helps you become a better lawyer. Listen. Learn. Improve.


audio Impeaching and Refreshing Recollection by Using Depositions at Trial

By David Moore, Bindu Palapura, Stephanie OBryne

Potter Anderson litigators reenact some of the best strategies for using depositions at trial to help your clients at trial. (5:38 min)


audio Employee Inventor—Fact Witness or Expert Witness?

By Emily Rapalino and Nick Mitrokostas

Two Goodwin Procter attorneys explain the many factors involved when deciding how to best use an employee who also happens to be the inventor in a patent case.


audio Authentication of Social Media at Trial

By Somers Price

As the use of social media continues to grow, so does its importance as evidence. Somers Price outlines some best practices to help with this ever-changing world. (7:11 min)


audio Rule of Completeness

By Anthony Zeuli

Tony Zeuli explains that despite its seemingly straightforward definition, Rule 106 features many elements that attorneys should consider, especially during discovery. (12:50 min)


audio Testimony by Deposition

By Mike Williams

Veteran litigator Mike Williams discusses three strategic issues involved in using deposition transcripts in court proceedings. (12:50 min)


audio Cultivating Juror Voir Dire Responses

By Cynthia Cohen

Connecting with jurors strengthens your case. Learn effective use of voir dire from jury consultant Cynthia Cohen. (12:02 min)


audio Tips on How to Best Prepare for Trial

By Lisa Marcy

Although there are no perfect ways to prepare for trial, experience has taught some tactics that are more effective than others. Listen as longtime litigator and teacher Lisa Marcy shares her strategies for preparing for a trial. (9:56 min)


audio Attorney Fees and Federal Rule 68 Offers of Judgment

By John Pinney

One way to avoid litigation is through the use of Federal Rule 68. John Pinney describes how itoperates and what you should consider when handling such an offer. (14:43 min)