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By Judge Jed S. Rackoff; William R. Montross Jr.; Peter W. Tague
Book Review columns.
Your Witness: Lessons on Cross-Examination And Life From Great Chicago Trial Lawyers
Steven F. Molo and James R. Figliulo, Editors
Law Bulletin Publishing (2008)
Reviewed by Judge Jed S. Rakoff
The best cross-examiner I know is my wife. I used to think this was
because I provided her with such good material to cross-examine. But,
after reading this book, I know it is really because she was born and
raised in Chicago.
In an era when the number of trials have materially lessened, Chicago
lawyers still try cases, and, as this book proves, they are darn good at
it. The book — nicely edited by two of the contributors, Steven F. Molo
and James R. Figliulo — comprises 50 chapters in which 50 of Chicago’s
very best trial lawyers describe some of their (or their mentors’)
greatest moments of cross-examination and seek to draw from them some
lessons on how to perfect the cross-examiner’s skills.
Essentially, these are “war stories” of the kind trial lawyers love to
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