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Name:  John W. Cooley  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri

-- John W. Cooley on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Mr. Cooley lived in Evanston, Il and practiced Law in Chicago.

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Titles At Your Library

Callaghan's appellate advocacy manual: A design approach

Callaghan. 1989

Queen of Battle
ISBN: 0738803138

Xlibris. 1999

Graduating as valedictorian of her West Point class is Kate McKeane's first victory. McKeane then walks a tightrope braided with self-doubt, courage, and persistence, as she confronts both the vicious drug lords and the "guerrilla warfare" of America's right wing conservative politicians.

Mediation Advocacy (NITA Practical Guide Series)
ISBN: 1556817800

LexisNexis / National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2002

Written by a lawyer for lawyers, Mediation Advocacy was critically acclaimed in 1996 for its in-depth examination of the mediation process. Now, six years later, the mediation field has changed dramatically, and John W. Cooley updates this classic text to include a comprehensive chapter on cybermediation as well as new sections on various mediation design processes and techniques.

In Mediation Advocacy, Second Edition, Cooley leads you step by step through the stages of mediation. Chapter 1 introduces the two principal ADR processes-mediation and arbitration. Chapters 2 through 6 provide useful information and practice tips for advocates regarding every stage of representation in the mediation process. Each of these chapters includes a checklist highlighting key actions at critical stages of the mediation process. Chapter 7 addresses hybrid ADR processes, such as co-mediation, mini-trials, and summary jury trials. Chapter 8, a new chapter in the second edition, examines effective advocacy in cybermediation. It contains a wealth of new information including:

Basic definitions of electronic dispute resolution terms
Alternative cyber-ADR processes
Benefits and limitations of cybermediation
Ethics of cyberadvocacy
Considerations in selecting a cybermediation service and cybermediator

Cooley includes a cybermediation vignette concerning a four-party dispute. This real-life scenario takes readers through the various stages of cybermediation including preparing the case and client, in-session and post-session advocacy. The appendix contains sample mediation forms and rules, a list of ADR providers, and a list of nonprofit organizations that study and promote the use of ADR.

Arbitration Advocacy (NITA Practical Guide Series)
ISBN: 1556817991

LexisNexis / National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2003

This insightful guide to the arbitration process will help you achieve the best results for clients in all types of arbitration settings—from commercial to labor. John W. Cooley, an experienced judge, trial attorney, arbitrator, and mediator, and Steven Lubet, author of NITA’s best-selling Modern Trial Advocacy, have revised this book to reflect an up-to-date description of the arbitration process for advocates.

You will get specific advice on:

• How arbitration works
• Prehearing considerations
• Advocacy at the arbitration hearing
• Effective openings and closings
• Tactical considerations
• Shaping the process

Arbitration Advocacy, Second Edition, contains a new chapter on attorney ethics and a new chapter on cyberarbitration, "Effective Advocacy in Cyberarbitration," which explores the variety of online dispute resolution services available, the benefits and limitations with the use of cyberarbitration, and considerations in selecting a cyberarbitration service and cyberarbitrator.

Detailed checklists help you choose the appropriate arbitration forum and panel, and give guidance on drafting pleadings. The appendices include sample arbitration agreements and forms, commercial arbitration and ethics rules, a list of firms offering arbitration services, a list of ODR service provider websites, and procedures for online arbitration.

Excerpt on cross-examination from Arbitration Advocacy:

"If direct examination is your best opportunity to win your case, cross-examination may provide you with a chance to lose it. A poor direct can be aimless and boring, but the witnesses are generally helpful. Your worst fear on direct examination is usually that you have left something out. A poor cross-examination, on the other hand, can be truly disastrous. The witnesses can range from uncooperative to hostile, and you constantly run the risk of actually adding weight or sympathy to the other side’s case. Moreover, the arbitrator inevitably perceives most cross-examinations as a contest between the lawyer and witness. You can seldom afford to appear to lose."

The Arbitrator's Handbook
ISBN: 1556819161

National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2005

Well-known dispute resolution educator John W. Cooley has revised and updated The Arbitrator’s Handbook for lawyers and continuing legal education arbitration courses. The Arbitrator’s Handbook, Second Edition, begins with an introduction to arbitration describing its stages, types, benefits, and limitations. Cooley defines the role, authority, and ethics requirements of the arbitrator. Cooley then examines the arbitrator’s pre-hearing duties, focusing on the initiation of the arbitration as well as the preparation stage. Chapter three focuses on the hearing, covering such topics as the arbitrator’s opening statement, handling of preliminary matters, review of basic rules of evidence, and making rulings on motions and objections. Chapter four explores the post-hearing such as ruling on post-hearing motions, deciding the merits of the case, and drafting the award and the opinion supporting the award. Chapter five, a new chapter in the second edition, covers information useful to arbitrators when conducting a cyberarbitration. Checklists are included in appendices A-D to ensure that the lawyer/arbitrator takes key actions at critical stages ! of the arbitration process. The appendix also contains updated sample arbitration forms and rules. Highlights include: The International Arbitrator Understanding Basic Principles of Evidence Ensuring Completeness and Accuracy of Transcripts Drafting the Award Domestic Arbitration Rules International Arbitration Rules

The Mediator's Handbook
ISBN: 1556819943

National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2006

The Mediator's Handbook explains the roles and functions of mediators with unrivaled diligence and clarity. It outlines the basics of mediation essential communication skills pre-conference, conference, and post-conference duties and hybrid and cybermediation. The Mediator's Handbook is for all mediation practitioners lawyer and non-lawyer alike presenting advanced mediation techniques in an accessible format.