Feb 28, 2017
Episode 301 (Duration 1:01:21) features an inside view on what judges really think.
Retired Judge Allen Anderson provides useful insight both new and experienced criminal law attorneys will find extremely valuable.
Before I left the Kane County State's Attorney's Office my last assignment was in courtroom 311 before Judge Allen Anderson.
Judge Anderson was one of those judge's that just made you better. I like to think there is only 2 things to do when you are in front of a judge like Judge Anderson.
I like to think I went with option 1.
In 1972 Allen Anderson was sworn in as an Illinois attorney.
He graduated from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and was admitted before he had even taken the LSAT.
By January of 2000 he was sworn in as a Kane County, Illinois Judge.
✓ (14:11) The single most important ability that stood out and really separated the best attorneys from the rest of the herd. The most experienced courtroom litigators could do this one thing consistently and always improved their clients chances of winning the best possible outcome.
✓ (18:38) Discover the kind of attorney the judge respected the most and appreciated having in his courtroom. These were not always the most talented or skilled attorneys.
✓ (20:45) The Judge explains how police officers, and for that matter all other witnesses on the stand, could have been more effective. (Hint: 100% of the blame goes to the attorney when this wasn't done. There is a super simple remedy you can start implementing right away.)
✓ (25:20) Talking to the jury after a trial was one of the most enjoyable parts of being a judge. Find out the most common question the jury had for the judge, how he answered it, and how the Judge feels about our jury system.
✓ (28:50) What to do if you want to be a great trial attorney. The best lawyers in front of a jury were rarely the most flamboyant or animated attorneys. The judge knew he had an amature on the case when he saw this.
✓ (33:03) The Judge shares deep insight and raw experience extremely helpful in deciding between the a bench or a jury trial. Any attorney who tries cases will appreciate this frank discussion on when it's best to ditch the jury.
✓ (36:49) "One size doesn't really fit all." Listen up: The Judge explains how rational judges think about sentencing. If you really want to make a difference at sentencing you and your client can do one thing. Character witnesses have their place, but there's something way more effective you can be doing that gives you the best shot at keeping your client out of prison. Plus, the Judge reveals an underutilized resource that can be having a huge impact in your sentencing hearings right now.
✓ (39:44) Sometimes well thought out and thourough legal briefs hurt your case. Sometimes citations and resources up the yazoo just don't help. There is a way to tell if your research and argument is good enough. This advice alone can sky rocket your litigation results and save you priceless research time. (Hint: Judges actually read, actively weigh, and appreciate your written arguments and case citations.)
✓ (40:52) How to know if the criminal law is for you.
Case law mastery is crucial to zealous and effective advocacy.
I've come to believe that steady, persistent attention the cases can take any attorney to the next level.
If you're interested in taking the first step towards mastering your Illinois criminal courtroom then hit the link below.