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LEARNING WHAT NOT TO DO ON CROSS-EXAMINATION

Law Students Watch Horrible Cross-ExaminationsHorrible cross-examinations are ubiquitous. Every day of the court week, they take place on every floor of the courthouse. Seeing is believing, understanding and knowing what not to do.For the first time, I added to my Seattle University Law School Comprehensive Trial Advocacy course a requirement that the students spend a [...]

NEW VISUAL PERSUASION BOOK BY THE BAILEYS

SHOW THE STORY: The Power of Visual Advocacy Trial Guides has just published the new book SHOW THE STORY: The Power of Visual Advocacy by William and Robert Bailey. This is the quintessential trial advocacy guidebook on how to bring the trial story alive in the courtroom through visuals. Show the Story has drawn praise [...]

THE STAIRCASE MOVIE TEACHES PRETRIAL AND TRIAL ADVOCACY

The Staircase Illustrates Advocacy TechniquesThe Staircase is an excellent tool for teaching pretrial and trial advocacy. French director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade made this film after he won an Oscar for Murder on a Sunday Morning, a documentary about a murder in Florida. Murder on a Sunday Morning is about achieving justice and tells a compelling [...]

CONFRONTATION CLAUSE AND THE GANG EXPERT

Judge Nevins Visits with Sir Walter Raleigh’s Ghost Judge Jack Nevin wrestles with the challenge presented by the Confrontation Clause requirements of Crawford and gang experts who are called to testify based on hearsay statements by the unavailable and uncross-examined. Judge Nevin, in the most recent issue of the Seattle University Law Review, describes the [...]

IMPORTANCE OF THE SCENE VISIT

Garage Tavern – Scene of the ShootingTo understand a case requires a sense of the people and the place involved. It is critical to go to the scene at the earliest opportunity. You can’t truly understand the place unless you have been there. The scene could be an intersection in a negligence collision case, a [...]

VIDEO REVIEW: A SKILLS BUILDING TOOL

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 [...]

PRETRIAL DISCOVERY TRAIN WRECK

The Steven‘s Ethics Trial and the Prosecutors’ EthicsNo topic gets more attention in my Seattle University Law School Pretrial Advocacy class on criminal case discovery than the prosecutor’s responsibility to turn over exculpatory information. Violating the duty can lead to disastrous consequences. A prosecutor can lose the case – do it right or do it [...]

PRETRIAL VISIT TO THE SCENE

Really Understanding Your CaseThis Tuesday evening, my Seattle University Law School Pretrial Advocacy class, Judge Dean Lum (my co-teacher) and I visited The Garage tavern in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. During the Pretrial Ad course, the law students work with cases growing out of a Saturday night shooting in The Garage tavern. The shooting led [...]

YOUR OWN WORST CRITIC – PRETRIAL, TRIAL & APPELLATE ADVOCACY TRAINING

VIDEO REVIEW TIPSEach of us is our own worst critic. That is why a video review is such a valuable tool in pretrial, trial and appellate advocacy training. For that matter, a video review is an excellent aid for any education in public speaking. When an attorney or law student watches a video of their [...]

TRIAL ADVOCACY DEMONSTRATION MOVIE

FRECK POINT TRIAL MOVIEI'm new to blogging, and this blog is obviously under construction. This blog is intended to discuss advocacy - pretrial, trial and appellate. Thought I'd start with the Freck Point Trial movieAspen Publications, Seattle University Law School Films for Justice, my co-authors and I have produced a trial demonstration movie - Freck [...]