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By Denis M. Devlaming, edited by Elizabeth Kelley
Practice Points columns.
How to Practice to Improve Your Practice And How to Improve Your Courtroom Delivery
Watching an Olympic gymnast may improve your gymnastics skills, but
without practice on your own, you will never make it to the top. The
same applies to law. It is certainly helpful to watch the best lawyers
in action as they try a case. There is no substitute, however, for
getting into court and trying cases yourself. Some lawyers will never
improve no matter how hard they try. They seem to get stuck in “what
works for them” and stop practicing and innovating their delivery.
The purpose of this article is not to sell electronic devices or
software, but rather to pass on what has worked for me. Every time I get
the opportunity to speak to law students or lawyers just out of law
school, I tell them that they can become far better trial lawyers if
they would only spend $29. That seems to get their attention. I go on to
say that if they would go to an electronics store and buy a
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