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Because the trial of a lawsuit is often, by its very nature, as dramatic as a Shakespearean production, the trial lawyer must assume the roles of writer, actor, and director. He must indulge himself in the effusions of forensic eloquence, "reason with the accuracy and power of the trained logician, and enforce his cause with all the inspirations of genius," and ultimately persuade a jury to his cause. In attempting to set the stage for a successful conclusion to the drama of trial, the trial lawyer must adhere to the rules of trial practice and procedure. While the authors of this Article harbor no illusions about their abilities as Shakespearean actors, let alone writers, they do hope that this cursory review will illuminate recent developments in the law of service of process, personal jurisdiction, and pretrial procedure, among other topics.

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