May 14, 2012

Jenner & Block Partner Robert L. Byman authored a chapter for the Illinois Civil Practice: Trying the Case 2012 handbook, an Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education publication. The practice guide addresses the practical and strategic aspects of handling a case during the trial phase of litigation. The handbook covers the sequence of events as a trial progresses, and includes discussions of the traits and skills of an effective trial advocate; the jury; the opening statement; presenting testimony; preserving the record during trial; presenting the case-in-chief; motions during and at the close of the plaintiff’s and defendant’s cases; motions at the close of all the evidence; the closing argument; jury instructions and special interrogatories; return of the verdict and entry of judgment; and post-trial motions.