Preface. Case Analysis: Use of This Handbook

AuthorJohn Hollander
case analysis: use of this handbook
case analysis: use of this handbook
Case Analysis: Use of This
   get from the initial interview to a struc-
tured closing argument? Of course, each case is dierent;
each lawyer is dierent; and each situation for presentation
is dierent. Nevertheless, the process should be the same in
every case and with every lawyer. It involves the same con-
cept that is used in project management: the critical path.
The Critical Path
   this handbook is that lawyers who stay on
the critical path will succeed. at does not mean they
will win every case, but it does mean that they can put
their best foot forward at all times. Lawyers who show
up prepared for battle succeed most of the time. In the
adversarial system that lies at the heart of the common
law, the best prepared advocate usually prevails. If they
anticipate failure, they make their best deal and withdraw
gracefully from the battleeld. is handbook prescribes
the process to convert preparation into persuasion.
e principles of case analysis are not restricted to
litigation. A transactions lawyer who prepares an opinion

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