Publications

Articles From Hon. Ron Spears

Are Civility and Zealous Advocacy Compatible?

By Hon. Ron Spears
May
2008
Column
Page 260
Reason can change minds when rudeness won't.

Diogenes and the Testimonial Whopper

By Hon. Ron Spears
February
2008
Column
Page 104
What can we do to improve the accuracy and honesty of witness testimony? Not enough.

Burdens of Proof

By Hon. Ron Spears
November
2007
Column
Page 604
Defining burdens of proof can be hard. But they're easier to understand than to define.

If the Gloves Don’t Fit…

By Hon. Ron Spears
August
2007
Column
Page 436
Physical evidence can have a huge impact, but know whether it will help or hurt your client.

Attorney Independence? Remember the Alamo!

By Hon. Ron Spears
May
2007
Column
Page 272
Let's stand up for lawyers who represent unpopular clients.

Opening Statements: Soup for the Jury’s Soul

By Hon. Ron Spears
February
2007
Column
Page 102
A good opening statement will shape jurors' perception of the case.

Impaired Lawyers: Helping Before the Bell Tolls

By Hon. Ron Spears
November
2006
Column
Page 626
Don't take advantage of impaired judges and adversaries; help them

“You Have the Right to Avoid Litigation…”

By Hon. Ron Spears
August
2006
Column
Page 438
Should judges advise clients of their right to resolve their dispute before trial?

Throwing Stones at Cyclops

By Hon. Ron Spears
May
2006
Column
Page 260
Lawyers, who do battle with words, should strive to be warrior poets.

Serving a Litigation Banquet

By Hon. Ron Spears
February
2006
Column
Page 92
Make sure your preparation and presentation are first rate for your juror guests.

Thinking Outside the Roasting Pan About Peremptories

By Hon. Ron Spears
November
2005
Column
Page 594
Are you relying on stereotypes about jury behavior when you exercise peremptory challenges?

Jury Deselection

By Hon. Ron Spears
August
2005
Column
Page 420
You don't pick who serves on your jury – you pick who doesn't.

Giving Jurors What They Want

By Hon. Ron Spears
May
2005
Column
Page 260
Jurors want to do a good job. Let's help them.

Tee Ball and Trial Advocacy

By Hon. Ron Spears
February
2005
Column
Page 92
All you really need to know about trial practice you learned in tee ball.

Larry the Lizard’s Near-Death Experience

By Hon. Ron Spears
November
2004
Column
Page 600
The search for justice yields a solution worthy of Solomon.

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