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MOTION ARGUMENT PREPARATION

If you are unprepared to argue a motion, it shows. This was the take away that a significant number of my Seattle University law students noted in their reports on watching motions arguments in both state and federal court. I require that my Comprehensive Pretrial students attend a motion hearing and then write a report [...]

PRETRIAL & TRIAL ADVOCACY: GET THEM OUT OF THE CLASSROOM

When teaching pretrial or trial advocacy, it is important to get the law students out of the classroom to experience the real life of a trial lawyer. For my Comprehensive Pretrial Advocacy course, the students have a minimum of three experiences outside the classroom. First, we go to the scene – the Garage tavern (the [...]

MOTION ARGUMENT – DOES IT PASS THE “LAUGH TEST”?: COURTROOM LESSON #6

Maintain Your CredibilityNo matter how much you stress certain principles of pretrial practice in a law school pretrial advocacy class, the lessons don’t stick the way seeing them come live in a courtroom does. Students in my semester-long Comprehensive Pretrial Advocacy course go to court, watch a motion calendar and write a report about what [...]

SUMMARY JUDGMENT – WRITING AND ARGUING

Writing and Arguing Motions – Tips from Judge John ErlickWhen Judge John Erlick, served as Chief Civil Judge of the King County Superior Court (Seattle), he created a column entitled “Tips from the Top” for the King County Bar Bulletin in which he answered questions posed by members of the bar. One lawyer wrote asking, [...]