Jim McElhaney

Jim McElhaney

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Jim McElhaney is the Baker and Hostetler Distinguished Scholar in Trial Practice at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland and the Joseph C. Hutcheson Dis­tinguished Lecturer in Trial Advocacy at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Recent Articles

The Plain Truth: Go for Simple Words if You Want to Communicate Effectively
Sep 1, 2012, 07:40 am CDT

Better Never than Late: Fix the Problem If You’re Always Running Behind in Your Work
Aug 1, 2012, 07:10 am CDT

McElhaney: Falling in Love with Your Case Means You Won’t See Its Shortcomings
Jul 20, 2012, 09:00 pm CDT

Don’t Be Seduced: Falling in Love with Your Case Means You Won’t See Its Shortcomings
Jul 1, 2012, 07:50 am CDT

Good Memories: Use the Right Words to Help the Jury Remember Key Facts of Your Case
Jun 22, 2012, 09:37 pm CDT

Good Memories: Use the Right Words to Help the Jury Remember Key Facts of Your Case
Jun 1, 2012, 07:59 am CDT

Direct Answers: Examining a Witness Is Telling a Story—So Make It a Good One
May 1, 2012, 07:49 am CDT

Finding Your Why: Present Your Case So That It Fits What the Jury Wants to Believe
Apr 1, 2012, 08:30 am CDT

Order in the Court: Fear Is the Biggest Obstacle to Effectively Organizing Your Case
Mar 1, 2012, 09:10 am CST

See It Now: Past Events Seem More Real When They’re Described in Present Tense
Feb 1, 2012, 09:10 am CST

More Than Just Words: This Is What It Really Means to Talk Like a Lawyer
Jan 1, 2012, 09:00 am CST

McElhaney: What It Really Means to Talk Like a Lawyer
Dec 31, 2011, 12:06 am CST

Enter Angus: His Initial Words of Wisdom Focus on Cross-Examining Expert Witnesses
Dec 22, 2011, 11:33 pm CST

Enter Angus: His Initial Words of Wisdom Focus on Cross-Examining Expert Witnesses
Dec 1, 2011, 09:20 am CST

McElhaney Explains Why Failing the ‘Giggle Test’ Might Leave You Crying
Nov 19, 2011, 01:26 am CST

No Laughing Matter: Failing the Giggle Test Might Leave You Crying
Nov 1, 2011, 08:09 am CDT

McElhaney: The Burden of Reasonable Doubt
Oct 21, 2011, 11:50 pm CDT

The Burden of Reasonable Doubt: When a Standard Designed to Protect Defendants Actually Hurts Them
Oct 1, 2011, 08:20 am CDT

Play by the Rules: There Is a Right Way to Make Objections
Sep 1, 2011, 07:30 am CDT

It’s a Gift: Evasive Witnesses Are Doing You a Favor if You Know to Take Advantage
Aug 1, 2011, 07:00 am CDT