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ATTEMPTED MURDER TRIAL OBSERVATIONS

Here is another student’s report containing courtroom observations. She watched trial work in an attempted murder case. Each semester in my Comprehensive Trial Advocacy course, the law students go to court, observe and write a report about what they saw and learned by watching a day in trial. Students select from federal, state or municipal [...]

DON’T RUIN YOUR OPENING STATEMENT

Checklist of Pitfalls for Opening StatementDon’t ruin your opening by stumbling into these pitfalls. Avoid: Preramble: “My name is . . . and I represent;” “As His Honor has told you everything we say in opening statement is not evidence . . .;” “First, I want to thanks you for your jury service because. . [...]

LAST SUMMER READING FOR TRIAL LAWYERS – IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE BY JOEL J. SEIDEMANN

Great Opening Statements and Closing ArgumentsThis last recommended summer read – In the Interest of Justice – Great Opening and Closing Arguments of the Last 100 Years, HarperCollins Publishers, 2004 – is a gift to trial lawyers. The gift to trial lawyers is given by author Joel J. Seidemann, who is a Manhattan Assistant District [...]

ORATORY – ADVOCACY LESSONS FROM OBAMA

MAKING A GOOD SPEECH TO THE JURY (OR TO ANY AUDIENCE)In his inaugural day Washington Post article entitled “Obama’s way with words,” Henry Allen states that “Obama is an orator, a rare thing in a time when educated people — a lot of them Obama supporters — have been taught to distrust old-fashioned eloquence.” Rare [...]