“The only real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trial lawyers try cases to juries” –Clarence Darrow
While I cannot personally confirm that Darrow said this, nor do I necessarily agree, there is no question that trial lawyers represent a very special & unique segment of the legal profession. And becoming a great trial lawyer seems to me to be a mix of great skill, made up of practice, and—to some extent—talent.
For those of you who have been looking, you probably have found that getting helpful trial practice information from the web can be quite a challenge. While there are a lot of sites out there that claim to talk trial practice, there are far fewer that consistently provide tangible information for lawyers looking to hone their trial practice ninja skills.
So what is an aspiring Clarence Darrow to do? I recommend checking out some trial practice blogs. Fortunately, there are at least a handful of trial lawyers that are committed to regularly blogging helpful information on the subject of trial practice.
I offer this list merely as a starting point for your consideration. These 10 are by no means the only trial practice blogs out there, nor the only ones worth reading. Here are 10 that might be worth adding to your reader:
- Illinois Trial Practice
- Litigation & Trial
- Kentucky Trial Practice Tips
- Legal Talk Network (podcasts)
- Colorado Trial Practice Blog
- Trial Lawyer Resource Center
- South Carolina Trial Law
- A New York Criminal Defense Blog
- Legal Stage
- Plaintiff Trial Lawyer Tips
Reading, following, commenting, and sourcing these trial practice blogs may or may not help you become a better trial lawyer. However, I’m pretty confident you will learn something interesting about trial practice. You might even meet a new colleague, or mentor. Do you regularly follow any of these trial blogs? Do you know or have you worked with their authors? What are some good ones that are missing?