There’s an old saying: “An attorney that represents himself has a fool for a client.” Still, you may choose to go “pro se.” If you represent yourself in court, prepare to think and communicate like an attorney. While that’s easier said than done, below are few resources to help you win.
For legal research try:
- Start with: How to Read a Legal Opinion by Orin Kerr, a George Washington University law professor. It’s for first year law students but is helps anyone new to the law.
- Next, go to Google Scholar where there are plenty of Utah cases online and free.
- The Utah State Law Library Research Resources;
- and its blog.
- Utah Code.
- For federal law, try Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute.
Books to read:
- Winning at Trial
by D. Shane ReedThis is a great book for understanding trials from beginning to end. The author, who works for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, discusses techniques to persuade judges and juries in the court room. Look here to purchase Winning at Trial on Amazon.
- Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges
by Antonin Scalia & Bryan A. GarnerSuccessfully defending criminal charges largely depends on what happens before trial. Pretrial motions, like motions to suppress, are decided by judges. This book, co-authored by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is invaluable for winning with judges. Look here to purchase Making Your Case: The Art of persuading Judges on Amazon.
- Legal Writing in Plain English
by Bryan A. GarnerLawyering is writing. And most people think that in order to defend themselves, they need to sound like a lawyer; not so. Stop using “wherefore” and “shall” and start winning. Great book for all writing. Look here to purchase Legal Writing in Plain English on Amazon.
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