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What Judges Want: A Former Judge`s Guide to Success in Court (Print & E-book Available)

James M. Stanton

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New Edition August 2015 !

Strategy: Thinking. Writing. Arguing.

Tactics: Preliminary Matters. Dispositive Motions. Trial and Post Trial.

A must-have for any trial lawyer. After leaving the civil district bench in Dallas, James M. 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. This is a field guide for preparing pleadings and oral arguments before hearings. Each chapter includes examples of how to  persuade judges, and checklists of tips and hints that can be immediately used by the reader.


This new edition advises on:

 

The Four Attributes of a Superb Local Counsel

and

The Importance of the Pretrial Hearing: Likely the Most Important Day in the Life of Your Case


Table of Contents

I. Strategy

Thinking

Chapter1: Channeling Aristotle: The Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Use of

Ethos, Pathos,and Logos

to Win with Judges

Chapter2: Four Questions You Must Be Able to Answer If You

Want to Win Your Next Hearing

Writing

Chapter3: Three Tips for Getting the Judge to Read

Your Papers Before the Hearing

Chapter4: Things You Should Never Say in Your Court

Papers(And, What You Should Write Instead

Arguing

Chapter5: Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Three Signs

You’ve Lost Your Argument and Should Stop Talking

(and Start Listening

Chapter6: Handling a Hostile Bench: Three Ways to Effectively

Respond When You Believe the Judge is Being

Disrespectful

II. Tactics

Preliminary Matters

Chapter7: If You Shoot the King, You Better Kill Him: Things

to Consider Before Filing a Motion to Recuse Your Judge

Chapter8: What You Need to Know to Get a Temporary Restraining

Order and Turn it Into a Temporary Injunction

Chapter9: What Do You Do When You Don’t Have Enough to Get

Chapter10: Considerations Before Moving to Compel Arbitration

Chapter11: You Say You’re Not From Texas? How to Win

Chapter12: Why Are You Afraid of Me: Persuading a Judge

Chapter13: Electronic Discovery and ESI: Just Another

Chapter14: How to Make a Judge Eagerly Await Your

Chapter15: When and How to Seek Court Intervention

Chapter16: Why You Should Never File a Motion for Sanctions

Dispositive Motions

Chapter17: How to Successfully Argue Your Next Summary

Chapter18: Excluding Experts at the Robinson Hearing

Trial and Post-Trial

Chapter19: A Jury of One: Make Your Next Bench Trial

Chapter20: The (Only) Three Successful Arguments

Chapter21: The Four Attributes of a Superb Local Counsel

Chapter22: The Pretrial Hearing: Likely the Most Important

Day in the Life of Your Case

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  • ISBN: 978-1-57625-934-4
  • Pub#/SKU#: TXJUD16
  • Pub Date: 08/25/2015

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  • James M. Stanton

James M.Stanton assists individuals and businesses in high-stakes litigation

in stateand federal court. The depth and breadth of his courtroom experience

providesa unique perspective to persuade judges and juries to resolve issues favorablyfor his clients.

 

Beforefounding Stanton Law Firm PC, James served as presiding judge of

the 134thJudicial District Court in Dallas County, Texas, and practiced

in thetrial departments at Andrews Kurth LLP and Cozen O’Connor PC.

 

Duringhis career as a lawyer and judge, his experience includes handling

over 60jury trials, 40 bench trials, and thousands of hearings. He is board

certifiedin Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas

Board ofLegal Specialization and currently serves on the Texas Pattern

JuryCharge Committee for Business, Consumer, and Employment.

Hisscholarly writing in the Baylor Law Review andthe Thurgood Marshall

Law Review has been cited by Texas appellatecourts, and he speaks

Frequentlyon trial advocacy and juror and judicial decision making.


Table of Contents

I. Strategy

Thinking

Chapter1: Channeling Aristotle: The Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Use of Ethos, Pathos,and Logos

to Win with Judges

Chapter2: Four Questions You Must Be Able to Answer If You

Want to Win Your Next Hearing

Writing

Chapter3: Three Tips for Getting the Judge to Read

Your Papers Before the Hearing

Chapter4: Things You Should Never Say in Your Court

Papers(And, What You Should Write Instead

Arguing

Chapter5: Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Three Signs

You’ve Lost Your Argument and Should Stop Talking

(and Start Listening

Chapter6: Handling a Hostile Bench: Three Ways to Effectively

Respond When You Believe the Judge is Being

Disrespectful

II. Tactics

Preliminary Matters

Chapter7: If You Shoot the King, You Better Kill Him: Things

to Consider Before Filing a Motion to Recuse Your Judge

Chapter8: What You Need to Know to Get a Temporary Restraining

Order and Turn it Into a Temporary Injunction

Chapter9: What Do You Do When You Don’t Have Enough to Get

Chapter10: Considerations Before Moving to Compel Arbitration

Chapter11: You Say You’re Not From Texas? How to Win

Chapter12: Why Are You Afraid of Me: Persuading a Judge

Chapter13: Electronic Discovery and ESI: Just Another

Chapter14: How to Make a Judge Eagerly Await Your

Chapter15: When and How to Seek Court Intervention

Chapter16: Why You Should Never File a Motion for Sanctions

Dispositive Motions

Chapter17: How to Successfully Argue Your Next Summary

Chapter18: Excluding Experts at the Robinson Hearing

Trial and Post-Trial

Chapter19: A Jury of One: Make Your Next Bench Trial

Chapter20: The (Only) Three Successful Arguments

Chapter21: The Four Attributes of a Superb Local Counsel

Chapter22: The Pretrial Hearing: Likely the Most Important

Day in the Life of Your Case