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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 [...]

27 01, 2012

DON’T RUIN YOUR OPENING STATEMENT

By |January 27th, 2012|opening statement, Trial Tips|0 Comments

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. . [...]

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 [...]

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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