Friday, May 29, 2015


Here are a couple reviews of the new edition:

Ethan Morris reviewed the second edition in this way:

This book really should be called The Cross-Examination Bible. Clark, Dekle and Bailey have done the heavy lifting, amassing the best strategies and techniques for any trial lawyer or student.

First and foremost, don’t be fooled by the name. This book teaches so much more than just how to question a witness on the stand—including the fundamentals of building a case theory, and turning it into a story that will resonate with a jury. In terms of cross-examination, no stone is left unturned. This book breaks it down, showing how to identify the purpose of a cross, preparing questions, and executing it effectively for the jury. Every technique is illustrated with real-life examples from masters such as Clarence Darrow, F. Lee Bailey, and Abraham Lincoln, through transcripts of some of their most famous trials.

I found the section on finding and using social media materials to impeach witnesses particularly illuminating, given how prolific people’s “digital” lives are becoming. This edition also features a great new section on visual storytelling, something that can make or break a case, including when and how to use photos, computer animations, charts or graphs.

In law school, I was an avid mock trial competitor. Oh that I wish I’d had this book then! As a new attorney starting my career in trial work, the Cross-Examination Handbook is one of the few textbooks that
not only will I keep, but will refer to again and again.

Stuart Stringer offered this review:

Cross-examination is a critical part of litigation practice and often can be daunting to prepare for. For me the great challenge of preparing for cross-examination lies in the fact that testimony and witnesses can be so unpredictable. The Cross-Examination Handbook does a great job of breaking down, preparing and building strategies for dealing with the unpredictability of testimony. This book is all about thorough, detailed and careful preparation, preparation that leads to success in the courtroom. The Cross-Examination Handbook is a tool that I have found incredibly powerful for my practice.


  1. This book is THE QUINTESSENTIAL GUIDE for any lawyer or law student who wants to learn about, understand, and master the art of cross-examination. The authors combine their wealth of hands-on courtroom experience in producing a comprehensive and easy to understand guide that demystifies the complex and often misunderstood world of trial advocacy. The authors, each of whom are masters of trial practice, present the reader with a detailed (yet incredibly easy to follow) game plan that bridges decades of trial experience with creative approaches to effectively conducting cross-examinations in the modern era. I originally purchased this book one of the authors was my trial advocacy professor during law school and I felt that my library would be incomplete without this work; this book reminded me why each of the authors are some of the most revered and respected legal practitioners in the nation. This book is a MUST HAVE in any attorney or law student’s library. What is perhaps most helpful, to both experienced and novice attorneys, is the way the authors present a powerful yet simple to apply approach to molding the entire case through visual story telling. Most of all, I think young attorneys will especially appreciate the way the authors clearly illuminate the outer boundaries of techniques that are both effective and ethically sound in modern trial practice.

  2. This book is an invaluable resource for students and recent graduates as we prepare to enter the challenging world of litigation. Fully comprehensive, it offers a wide range of issues that one might encounter on cross examination. More than that, it offers effective solutions for how to overcome them in a clear, easy-to-apply manner that's also ethically sound. This book will never leave my shelf as I progress through my career and I highly recommend that students, recent graduates, and even seasoned professionals acquire a copy.