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20 02, 2014

DON’T LOSE THE JURY ON DIRECT EXAMINATION

By |February 20th, 2014|Direct Examination, Trial Lawyer Checklists, Trial Tips|3 Comments

The Engaging Direct ExaminationA poorly executed direct examination can lose the jury or bore them to snores. There are many ways to disengage the jury from your direct. Use the windshield wiper method (“What happened next?” “What happened next?”  And then what happened?”). While this may elicit the information, it can be as mind-numbing as [...]

27 11, 2013

ATTEMPTED MURDER TRIAL OBSERVATIONS

By |November 27th, 2013|Cross-Examination, Direct Examination, Exhibits, opening statement, Student observations|1 Comment

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 [...]

10 11, 2013

MUSINGS ON DIRECT EXAMINATION

By |November 10th, 2013|Direct Examination|0 Comments

“Cross-examination will continue to fascinate us. There is something in us that loves a good fight. Yet it is direct examination that builds the structure of a case. And sometimes jurors like to come out of the shadows to believe in something – hopefully, our client, our case. Conceiving persuasive and compelling direct examinations is [...]

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