• Appellate Tips for Trial Lawyers: Proceed with Caution: Pitfalls in Preparing Jury Instructions (Vol. 1, No. 9)
  • January 8, 2015 | Author: Alana H. Rotter
  • Law Firm: Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • In the rush of preparing for trial, lawyers often leave the task of drafting jury instructions until the last minute. After the trial, however, the instructions are among the first things that an appellate specialist will want to review. Why? Because they are an unusually fertile source of trial court error—often precisely because the parties and trial court didn’t pay enough attention to them.