Day in Court, Or the Subtle Arts of Great Advocates by Francis L. Wellman

By Francis L. Wellman

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This is in no feel a legislations e-book. the final reader cares little for attorneys and their dry ideas of legislation, or the prosaic varieties of perform and approach in our courts. all people, besides the fact that, is attracted to the drama of an excellent trial, the place the valuables, recognition, liberty, or lifetime of a person is usually at stake. This has been strikingly exemplified lately by means of the nice curiosity taken within the trial of Madame Steinheil in France, bills of which have been released in the entire best newspapers of the world.

The Tichborne case, the Beecher trial, the Parnell inquiry, the Dreyfus case, and numerous others are nonetheless clean within the reminiscence as additional illustrations of the in annoying curiosity taken through the civilized international in arriving on the fact or falsity of any very important felony controversy.

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The young advocate "low tones to reason," should early learn to adopt "strong ones to denounce;" and "words full of feeling to move the sympathies"; 27 DAY IN COURT whereas tones that capture the judgment and overcome prejudice are full of kindness and music. In addition to having a suitable voice to become a good advocate, one must have an attractive personality. Most great advocates have been noted for some marked physical attraction or personal magnetism. Daniel Webster's personal presence was one of the great elements of his success.

He may be called upon to defend in a homicide case, involving himself in the mazes of physiology, chemistry, and pathology. One hour he tries an ordinary damage suit founded upon the negligence of some railroad company; the next he is plunged into an exam46 EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS ination in lunacy, where all the nice distinctions connected with the examination and cross-examination of nerve specialists are involved. " must be prepared beforehand He with sufficient general knowledge on these various subjects so that he can turn his attention to his new task with that power of absorption of its intricate details which plays such a wonderful part in the successful conduct of litigations.

Two or three years spent there, and all of our methods of acquiring Jegal information have vastly improved since the olden days. I am assuming that a young man enters upon his work as an advocate fully equipped professionally so far as study at law schools will permit. It is assumed also that any man who has resolved to venture upon the profession of advocacy shall have received a preliminary training at school or at college. But all this education is really little more than the • foundation, for when young men imagine that their studies are completed, they are, in fact, but just begun.

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