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Trial Technique Video Bibliography

All Programs are available from the Law Library Koren/AV Center, 5th Floor. Most videotape programs circulate for 3 days on a first come first serve basis. If you have any questions, please contact the Koren Center at (716) 645-2045.

Most of the Trial Technique Video Programs listed here present classic problems of evidence and trial advocacy in the context of the courtroom. Recreated with key participants from actual cases, they show both exemplary and flawed practices.

For a listing of Interactive Video Programs, please click here.


Advanced Motion Practice.

NITA and ABA. 1985. U-matic.
US 92 .T73 no. 12

Trial practice--United States


Advocacy and the Art of Storytelling.

NITA. 1990
KF 8915 .A725 1990

Trial practice--United States


Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit.

ATLA Press. 1994
KF 8925 .P4 A49 1993

  • Tape 1: How to Be a Trial Lawyer. 71 min.
  • Tape 2: Initial Interview & Case Examination. 94 min.
  • Tape 3: Creative Discovery. 81 min.
  • Tape 4: Preparing Witnesses for Deposition and Trial. 60 min.
  • Tape 5: Voir Dire. 117 min.
  • Tape 6: Successful Opening Statements. 78 min.
  • Tape 7: Effective Direct Examination. 74 min.
  • Tape 8: Winning Cross-Examinations. 88 min.
  • Tape 9: Compelling Closing Arguments. 86 min.

Appellate Advocacy.

NITA. 1981
KF 9050 .A945 1981

Trial practice--United States


The Art and Science of Litigation.

Nesson, Charles. Court TV Video Library Service. 1993.
KF 8915 .A88 1993

  • Tape 1: Demonstrative Evidence.
  • Tape 2: Cross-Examination: Charisma in the Courtroom.
  • Tape 3: Direct Examination.
  • Tape 4: The Expert Witness (Plaintiff).
  • Tape 5: The Expert Witness (Defendant).
  • Tape 6: Summations.

The Art of Advocacy: Expert Witnesses.

NITA. 1988.
KF 8961 .A98 1988

  • Tape 1: Expert Witnesses: An Overview. 56 min.
  • Tape 2: Introducing Experts in Opening Statements. 58 min. 28 sec.
  • Tape 3: Qualifying the Expert. 54 min. 09 sec.
  • Tape 4: Examining the Medical Doctor. 54 min. 19 sec.
  • Tape 5: Examining the Materials Engineer. 58 min. 28 sec.
  • Tape 6: Examining the Hospital Administrator. 52 min. 41 sec.
  • Tape 7: Examining the Economist. 58 min. 25 sec.
  • Tape 8: Closing Arguments. 56 min. 26 sec.
  • Tape 9 Discovery of Expert Witnesses Under the Federal Rules of Evidence. 45 min. 50 sec.
  • Tape 10: Testimony of Expert Witnesses under the Federal Rules of Evidence. 51 min. 11 sec.

The Art of Advocacy: Opening Statements and Closing Arguments.

NITA. 1988.
KF 8915 .D43 1982

  • Tape 1: Opening Statements in a Products Liability Case. 55 min.
  • Tape 2: Opening Statements and Closing Arguments. 59 min.
  • Tape 3: Opening Statements in a Contract Action. Pt. 1. 56 min.
  • Tape 4: Opening Statements in a Contract Action. 54 min.
  • Tape 5: Closing Statements in a Products Liability Case. Pt. 1. 59 min.
  • Tape 6: Closing Statements in a Products Liability Case. Pt. 2. 60 min.
  • Tape 7: Closing Arguments in a Contract Action. 59 min.
  • Tape 8: Closing Arguments in a Contract Action. 53 min.
  • Tape 9: Strategies for Opening Statements. 45 min.
  • Tape 10: Strategies for Closing Arguments. 43 min.

The Art of Advocacy: Selecting and Persuading the Jury.

ABA & NITA. 1988.
KF 8972 .A88 1988

  • Tape 1: Overview of Selecting and Persuading the Jury in a Civil Case. 46 min. 12 sec.
  • Tape 2: Selecting a Jury in a Civil Case. 58 min. 4 sec.
  • Tape 3: Persuading the Jury in a Civil Case; Opening Statements for Plaintiff. 59 min.
  • Tape 4: Opening Statements in a Contract Action.
  • Tape 5: Selecting the Jury in a Criminal Case. 55 min. 44 sec.
  • Tape 6: Persuading the Jury in a Criminal Case: Opening Statements for the Prosecution. 54 min. 9 sec.
  • Tape 7: Persuading the Jury in a Criminal Case: Opening Statements for the Defendant.
  • Tape 8: Using Focus Groups to Identify Attitudes To A Case.
  • Tape 9: The Contribution of the Social Sciences.

Business Litigation.

Practicing Law Institute, NITA and ABA. 1987
KF 8925 .C6 B87 1987

  • Tape 1: Strategies for Preserving and Handling Disputes. 57 min.
  • Tape 2: Interviewing and Fact Finding. 50 min.
  • Tape 3: Evaluating the Case. 51 min.
  • Tape 4: Preparing for and Taking Depositions. 56 min.
  • Tape 5: Pretrial Strategies. 58 min.
  • Tape 6: Trial Strategies. 50 min.
  • Tape 7: Opening Statements. 50 min
  • Tape 8: Examining the Plaintiff's Witnesses. Part 1. 55 min. 4 sec.
  • Tape 9: Examining the Plaintiff's Witnesses. Part 2. 59 min. 59 sec.
  • Tape 10: Examining the Defendant's Witnesses. Part 1. 44 min. 10 sec.
  • Tape 11: Examining the Defendant's Witnesses. Part 2. 56 min. 45 sec.
  • Tape 12: Closing Arguments. 60 min.

California v. Green.

27 min., U-Matic.
KF 9672 .C35 1976

Recreates the original trial which became the United States Supreme Court's key statement on the Sixth Amendment and the use of a witness's prior statement as substantive evidence.


Commonwealth v. Edelin: 28th Day.

13 min.
KF 224 .E35 C66 1997

Use of emotions in closing arguments.


Commonwealth v. Edelin: 11th Day.

23 min., U-Matic
KF 224 .E35 C659 1979

A recreation of the testimony of the Commonwealth's medical expert in the notorious abortion trial. The original defense and prosecuting attorneys, William Homans and Newman Flanagan, question the expert to establish whether the "subject" was ever alive outside the murder. Cross-examination becomes tangled in the use of treatises to impeach the witness.


Comparative Cross-Examination in a Criminal Case: Conspiracy--United States v. Peters.

ABA. 1977. U-Matic.
KF 9658 .C66 1977

Trial practice--United States


Comparative Cross Examination of the Prosecutrix in a Criminal Case.

U-Matic, 59 min KF 9658 .C665 1977

Burglary and Rape - State v. Moore


Courtroom Persuasion: Art, Drama, and Science.

Herman, Russ. ATLA Press. 1992.
KF 8915 .C68 1992

  • Tape 1: Courtroom Environment.
  • Tape 2: Telling the Story.
  • Tape 3: Jury Selection, part 1: Principles and Techniques.
  • Tape 4: Jury Selection, part 2: Demonstrative and Analysis.
  • Tape 5: Opening Statement.
  • Tape 6: Closing Argument.

Dealing With the S.O.B. Litigator.

ABA. 2 tapes
KF 8900 .D43 1989

Dramatization and discussion of methods for circumventing unfair, unethical discovery tactics.


Deposition: A Simulation With Commentary.

ABA Section of Litigation and ABA Young Lawyers Division; ABA Consortium for Professional Education. 1978. 3 hr. 22 min.
KF 8900 .D46 1978

  • Tape 1: Introduction.
  • Tape 2: Simulated Deposition 1.
  • Tape 3: Simulated Deposition II.
  • Tape 4: Simulated Deposition III.
  • Tape 5: Epilogue.

Deposition Strategies and Techniques.

NITA and ABA. 1985. U-Matic.
US 92 .T73 no. 5

Pre-trial procedure--United States


Direct and Cross Examination of the Defendant in a Criminal Case.

U-Matic. 48 min.
KF 9668 .D57 1977

Burglary and Rape - State v. Moore.


Direct and Cross Examination of a Prosecutrix in a Criminal Case.

U-Matic. 44 min.
KF 9658 .D57 1977

Burglary and Rape - State v. Moore.


Drills for Focused Learning.

National Institute for Trial Advocacy. KF 8915 .D75 1993

Trial practice--United States-- Study and teaching--Audio-visual aids.


Easerly v. Letwin.

24 min.
KF 8950 .E27 1979

Similar Acts; cross examination on unusual practice and on bad acts; reputation testimony.


Effective Argument to the Court.

ABA.
KF 8915 .E43 1989

  • Tape 1: Arguments to the U.S. District Court. 113 min. 31 sec.
  • Tape 2: Arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals. 119 min. 8 sec.
  • Tape 3: Arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court. 119 min. 19 sec.
  • Tape 4: Brief Writing. 54 min. 56 sec.
  • Tape 5: Preparing petitions for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. 34 min. 39 sec.

Final Arguments in a Civil Case.

U-Matic. 30 min.
KF 8924 .F56 1977

Personal Injury--Potter v. Shrackle


Final Arguments in a Criminal Case.

U-Matic. 45 min.
KF 9656 .F56 1977

Conspiracy--United States v. Peters.


Gender as a Dynamic in the Courtroom: a Trial Technique Seminar.

SUNY at Buffalo. 1984. U-Matic.
KF 299 .W6 G45 1984

Women lawyers--New York (State)--Congresses.


Incident.

6 min.
KF 9662 .I53 1976

Co-conspirator's hearsay in criminal prosecution; eyewitness identification; citizen's arrest; Bruton admissions; Adoptive admissions; hearsay within hearsay.


Incident Interview.

(Bellow's tape). 12 min.
KF 9656 .I58 1978

Ethical questions in structuring defense with a criminal client; interviewing techniques.


Inside the Jury Room.

PBS Video. 1987. 58 min.
KF 8972 .I58 1987

Documents an actual jury deliberation.


Judgment at Nuremberg.

Produced and directed by Stanley Kramer; written by Abby Mann. 2 tapes.
PN 1995.9 .T75 J83 1996

A fictionalized account of a war crimes trial of four eminent Nazi judges at Nuremberg, Germany after World War II.


Jury Selection in a Civil Case.

U-Matic, 57 min.
KF 8972 .J87 1977

Personal injury--Potter v. Shrackle


Jury Trial.

Vincenti, Leonard M.
KF 8972 .Z9 V56 1988

Introduction to courtroom proceedings, explains to the layman what to expect during a jury trial and the duties of various court officers.


Mastering the Art of Cross Examination.

Irving Younger. ABA & NITA. 1986
KF 8920 .M37 1986

  • Tape 1: Cross Examining the Well Prepared Witness. 59 min. 20 sec.
  • Tape 2: Cross Examining the Sympathetic Witness. 47 min. 38 sec.
  • Tape 3: Cross Examining the Hostile Witness. 51 min. 36 sec.
  • Tape 4: Cross Examining the Biased Witness. 30 min. 446 sec.
  • Tape 6: Cross Examining the Child Witness. 39 min. 12 sec.
  • Tape 7: Cross Examining the Witness of the Opposite Sex. 45 min. 44 sec.
  • Tape 8: Cross Examining the Law Enforcement Witness. 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Tape 9: Cross Examining the Expert Medical Witness. 35 min. 8 sec.
  • Tape 10: Cross Examining the Expert Accountant Witness. 51 min. 46 sec.
  • Tape 11: Cross Examining the Expert Attorney Witness. 54 min. 50 sec.

Mastering the Art of Trial Advocacy I..

SUNY at Buffalo, School of Law. 5 tapes.
KF 8915 .M373 1987

Trial practice--United States


Mastering the Art of Trial Advocay II: Body Language in the Courtroom.

SUNY at Buffalo, School of Law. 2 tapes.
KF 8915 .M375 1989

Trial practice--United States--Congresses


Media and the Law Roundtable.

University of Georgia; American Bar Association.
KF 9223.5 .M43 1995

Panel presentation presented in Atlanta, Georgia on March 16, 1995 on the right to a fair trial versus the rights of a free press.


Nita Liquor vs. Jones.

ABA. 1978. U-Matic.
KF 9672 .N58 1978

Direct and cross-examination of a state liquor investigator to determine whether defendant sold liquor to a purchaser he knew to be intoxicated at the time.


Nix v. Whiteside: So Your CLient Wants to Commit Perjury?.

ALI-ABA Video Law Review. The American Law Institute. 1986. 59 min.
KF 9420 .N59 1986

Perjury--United States


Opening Statements in a Criminal Case.

27 min.
KF 9656 .O74 1977

Conspiracy--United States v. Peters


Opening to A Jury in a Federal Sexual Harassment Suit.

New York State Bar Association.
KF 3467 .O64 1996

Presentation and discussion of the opening statements in a fictitious case of sexual harassment.


People v. Gorshen.

21 min.
KF 9656 .P46 1979

Recreates attorney Charles Garry's early and seminal diminished capacity defense in a first degree murder case. Features direct and cross-examination of expert witness, sidebar conference, and judge's caution to jury.


Persuasive Expert Testimony.

NITA. 2 tapes
KF 8961 .P47 1990

Addresses the two components of effective expert testimony; (1) the requirements, or legal foundation, which entitles lawyers to present expert testimony; and (2) making that testimony interesting and understandable to the trier of fact, whether judge or jury.


Pre-Trial Conference: Persoal Injury and Breach of Warranty.

Brigham Young University Media Marketing. 1978. U-Matic.
KF 9084 .P74 1978

Pre-trial procedure--United States


The Shooting of Big Man: Anatomy of a Criminal Case.

2 videocassettes, 1 hr. 40 min.
KFW 579 .S56 1978

An intense and unprecedented examination of an actual criminal case from start to finish--from the first meeting finish--between the Defendant and his lawyers to the jury's verdict.


State v. McIntire - Criminal.

U-Matic. 50 min.
KF 9674 .S73 1978

Direct and cross examination of an expert witness, pathologist, in a murder trial to elicit an opinion as to the cause of death.


Swartz v. Batterman - Personal Injury.

U-Matic. 25 min.
KF 8925 .P4 S93 1978

Personal and cross examination of a director of medical records of a hospital to lay foundation for the admission of plaintiff's medical file as a business record.


Training the Advocate: Doyle v. NITA Power and Company and Northern Electrical Company.

NITA. 1983
KF 8915 .T68 1983

  • Tape 1: Jury Selection. 59 min.
  • Tape 2: Opening Statements. 58 min.
  • Tape 3: Laying the Foundation for Exhibits and Witnesses. 56 min.
  • Tape 4: Direct Examination. 56 min.
  • Tape 5: Cross Examination. 55 min.
  • Tape 6: Expert Witnesses: Liability. 57 min.
  • Tape 7: Expert Witnesses: Damages. 57 min.
  • Tape 8: Intro. & Use of Demonstrative Evidence. 55 min.
  • Tape 9: Closing Arguments I. 56 min.
  • Tape 10: Closing Arguments II. 28 min.
  • Tape 11: Jury Deliberation. 42 min.

Training the Advocate: the Pretrial Stage Based on the Case of Doyle v. Nita Power and Light Company and Northern Electrical Company.

NITA and ABA. 1985.
KF 8900 .T73 1985

  • Tape 1: Interviewing the Client. 54 min.
  • Tape 2: Developing a Defense Strategy. 54 min.
  • Tape 3: Planning Informal Investigations and Formal Discovery. 50 min.
  • Tape 4: Introduction to Written Discovery. 52 min.
  • Tape 5: Deposition Strategies and Techniques. 45 min.
  • Tape 6: Preparing the Deponent. 50 min.
  • Tape 7: Deposing the Lay Witness. 57 min.
  • Tape 8: The Judge's Role in Discovery. 35 min.
  • Tape 9: Discovery from and about Expert Witnesses. 49 min.
  • Tape 10: Deposing an Expert. 49 min.
  • Tape 11: Negotiating a Settlement. 51 min.
  • Tape 12: Advanced Motion Practice. 49 min.
  • Tape 13: Developing and Using Tangible Evidence. Part 1. 33 min.
  • Tape 14: Developing and Using Tangible Evidence. Part 2. 36 min.

Trial Evidence: Making and Meeting Objections.

NITA. 4 tapes
KF 8935 .T75 1991

Presents 62 vignettes used for training on how to formulate and deal with objections in the courtroom.


Trial Evidence Series.

Irving Younger. ABA. 1975.
KF 8935 .Y69 1975

  • Tape 1: Introduction to Evidence. 57 min.
  • Tape 2: Introduction to Evidence. 51 min.
  • Tape 3: Recollection Best Evidence Rules, Perception, Intro to Expert. 60 min.
  • Tape 4: Examination of Expert Witnesses; Cross Examination and Impeachment I, 59 min.
  • Tape 5: Cross Examination and Impeachment II, Rehabilitation I. 59 min.
  • Tape 6: Rehabilitation II, Character as a Defense. 27 min.
  • Tape 7: Hearsay I. 42 min.
  • Tape 8: Hearsay II. 59 min.
  • Tape 9: Hearsay III. 60 min.
  • Tape 10: Hearsay IV. 58 min.
  • Tape 11: Presumptions and Burden of Proof. 54 min.
  • Tape 12: Hearsay and the Right to Confrontation I. 60 min.
  • Tape 13: Hearsay and the Right to Confrontation II. 59 min.
  • Tape 14: The Ten Commandments of Cross Examination.
  • 60 min.

United States v. McKinnon.

20 min.
KF 8935 .U55 1978

Attorney client privilege; waiver of privilege; prior convictions to impeach criminal defendant; Pro Se motion for new trial based on ineffective assistance of counsel; motions for protected orders; scope of examination; burden in motion for new trial.


Interactive Video Programs

These computerized laser disk programs are available for use in the Koren center by appointment.


Trial Evidence and Direct Examination Skills.

Participate in a simulated breach of contract trial, making objections and moving to strike objectionable testimony during direct examination. Identify and analyze common trial evidence.


Trial Evidence and Cross-Examination Skills.

Continue with the breach of contract trial from Lesson 4, making objectionable testimony during cross-examination while learning the rules as well as the tactical aspects to objecting.