How do you ask a question?
Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by one of the country’s leading trial attorneys, Shanin Specter, of Kline & Specter, P.C., to discuss the idea, and the importance, of questions – both in the legal field and our everyday lives. How should we be asking questions? What kind of questions should we be asking? And moreover, what makes someone a ‘good questioner’?
A pre-eminent courtroom lawyer, since 2000, Shanin has taught at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and since 2015, has taught at UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Berkeley School of Law and Stanford Law School respectively. As a lecturer and an adjunct professor, Shanin teaches a class that is completely focused on today’s topic. Shanin explains how central asking questions is to the role of being an effective attorney and gives listeners a glimpse into his course curriculum. Aaron and Shanin talk about the importance of being a good questioner, of being a good listener, how to get your point across to a fact finder, and more. The two share their own experiences in the court room, offering valuable insights, tips, tricks, and opinions. Shanin and Aaron have a timely discussion about the public hearings beginning this week in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, specifically referencing the significance of effective questioning by both Republicans and Democrats, as well as why it matters.
A founding partner of Kline & Specter, Shanin concentrates on catastrophic injury litigation. He has obtained more than 200 settlements or verdicts in excess of $1 million and is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates. A graduate of Penn’s Carey Law, Shanin’s legal victories have included cases involving medical malpractice, defective products, medical devices, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents and general negligence. Beyond winning monetary compensation for his clients, Shanin’s cases have also prompted societal changes, including improvements to vehicle safety, nursing and hospital procedures, training for the use of CPR at public institutions, among others. Shanin is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Third, Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
To learn more about Shanin please visit his firm’s website here.
Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Shanin Specter
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