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August 2007 , Page 59 

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Practice Points

By Denis M. Devlaming, edited by Elizabeth Kelley

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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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