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29 08, 2013

MARTIN LUTHER KING’S ADVOCACY SKILLS

By |August 29th, 2013|Martin Luther King, oratory, persuasion, Trial Tips|0 Comments

None of the students in my Trial Advocacy class were alive at the time of the march on Washington. None of them had watched the Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety. So, Tuesday’s class was an opportunity to not only commemorate the march and the speech but also let them [...]

11 01, 2013

WINNING AT MOOT COURT

By |January 11th, 2013|Appellate Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy Tips, Books, Moot Court, oratory|0 Comments

Handbook for Moot Court SuccessAn excellent handbook on how to win in moot court has been written by Judge Gerald Lebovits and his co-authors. Judge Lebovits knows his subject. As a law student, he won the moot court award for both best speaker and best brief. As a coach, his moot court teams have won [...]

7 01, 2013

THE CRITICAL LAWYERING SKILL

By |January 7th, 2013|oratory, persuasion, Seattle University Law School, speaking, teaching techniques|1 Comment

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONThis coming Tuesday Seattle University will introduce a new course that is designed to familiarize students with practical aspects of practicing law in order to prepare them to start work either in a firm, public employment, or in a solo practice. The intersession course (January 8 -10, 2013) is Essential Lawyering Skills: Persuasive Communication; [...]

17 02, 2012

CLINT EASTWOOD AND ADVOCACY

By |February 17th, 2012|closing argument, oratory, persuasion, Trial Tips|1 Comment

Halftime Pep Talk and Trial AdvocacySuper Bowl has come and gone. As have the ads. Much has been said and written about Eastwood’s halftime advertisement for Chrysler. Carl Rove attacked it, claiming that it was a payback to Obama for the bailout. Joe Klein in Time magazine mused over how Rove and the Republicans got [...]

14 02, 2011

VIDEO REVIEW: A SKILLS BUILDING TOOL

By |February 14th, 2011|critiquing, oratory, persuasion, Seattle University Law School, teaching techniques, video review|0 Comments

The Value of Video Jennifer Shapiro, pictured here, stands before a jury of her peers – students in her comprehensive trial advocacy class at Seattle University Law School. She delivers her first opening statement in the class. It’s not her first opening because she has competed in mock trials before.As she delivers the opening, a [...]

19 08, 2009

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

By |August 19th, 2009|Books, closing argument, opening statement, oratory, persuasion, teaching techniques, Trial Tips|0 Comments

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 [...]

3 04, 2009

LAWYER LINCOLN’S LESSONS: SINCERITY & TRIAL ADVOCACY

By |April 3rd, 2009|Lincoln's Lessons, oratory, persuasion, speaking|4 Comments

Lesson 2 – Sincerity is What Matters in Trial AdvocacyThe keys to trial persuasion are to be sincere and to be able to project that sincerity. Sincerity, more than eloquence, a good appearance or any other attribute, is what really matters in trial advocacy. Sincerity in the trial context means that the lawyer believes the [...]

21 01, 2009

ORATORY – ADVOCACY LESSONS FROM OBAMA

By |January 21st, 2009|closing argument, Obama, opening statement, oratory, persuasion, speaking|0 Comments

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 [...]

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