William S. Bailey

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Director, Trial Advocacy
Professor from Practice

(206) 543-4917

BILL BAILEY has combined a career as a criminal and civil trial practitioner with legal scholarship and teaching. Long interested in research on behavioral psychology, communication strategy and brain function, his research and writing have focused on the use of images, words and stories to influence thought and decisions.

His innovative communication book, Show the Story: The Power of Visual Advocacy, co-authored with Robert W. Bailey (Trial Guides, 2011) has been widely praised as "the Bible for using visuals in trial" and "a breakthrough into the 21st Century, with exceptional depth on the psychology of learning and remembering."

He also is co-author of Cross-Examination Handbook with Prof. Ron Clark and Prof. Bob Dekle (Aspen, 2010), top-rated by both law school clinical faculty and practitioners around the United States since its release: "The best instructional text on cross-examination that I have seen in thirty years of teaching trial skills, clear, concise and unerringly 'dead on...The best book on cross-examination-Ever!".

Prof Bailey recently has begun a new book with Terence J. McAdam entitled Forensics: Science, Practice and Procedure, to be published by the Carolina Academic Press.

In addition to his books, Prof Bailey has three case files in print with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, two of which are co-authored with Prof Emeritus Frederick C. Moss of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Prior to joining the UW faculty fulltime, Prof Bailey has been an active trial practitioner for many years. He is in The Best Lawyers in America and was named "Litigator of the Month" in October, 2002 by the National Law Journal. He was honored as "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 1991 by the Washington Association for Justice and was elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 1993.

Bailey has been named one of "Seattle's Top Lawyers" by both Seattle Magazine and Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, as well as a "Superlawyer" by Washington Law and Politics.

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