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7 08, 2014

TO HECK WITH SPELLCHECK

By |August 7th, 2014|Humor, Seattle University Law School, teaching techniques, Writing|0 Comments

Or is it: “2 HEK WIT SPILL CHICK”CANDIDATE FOR A PULLET SURPRISEI have a spelling checker. It came with my PC.It plane lee marks four my revueMiss steaks aye can knot sea.Eye ran this poem threw it,Your sure reel glad two no.Its vary polished inn it's weigh.My checker tolled me sew.A checker is a bless [...]

2 05, 2014

NEW CROSS-EXAMINATION TRAINING

By |May 2nd, 2014|Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute, Concession-Seeking Cross, Seattle University Law School|0 Comments

Coming Soon - Inaugural Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute – June 2 There will be a healthy dose of instruction on winning cross-examination strategies and techniques at the new week-long Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute (ATAI) that I and Professor Marilyn Berger are chairing. The course begins June 2, 2014. Seattle University Law School and the American [...]

2 05, 2014

NEW ADVANCED TRIAL ADVOCACY INSTITUTE

By |May 2nd, 2014|Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute, Seattle University Law School|1 Comment

Coming soon - June 2, 2014, Seattle University Law School and the American College of Trial Lawyers proudly begin the inaugural Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute (ATAI). This CLE program offers winning trial advocacy strategies and skills from preparation through closing argument. The Institute is designed to be the most comprehensive trial advocacy training program in [...]

10 04, 2014

MOTION ARGUMENT PREPARATION

By |April 10th, 2014|Motions, Seattle University Law School, teaching techniques|0 Comments

If you are unprepared to argue a motion, it shows. This was the take away that a significant number of my Seattle University law students noted in their reports on watching motions arguments in both state and federal court. I require that my Comprehensive Pretrial students attend a motion hearing and then write a report [...]

7 04, 2014

PRETRIAL & TRIAL ADVOCACY: GET THEM OUT OF THE CLASSROOM

By |April 7th, 2014|Motions, Pretrial Tips, Scene Visit, Seattle University Law School, teaching techniques|1 Comment

When teaching pretrial or trial advocacy, it is important to get the law students out of the classroom to experience the real life of a trial lawyer. For my Comprehensive Pretrial Advocacy course, the students have a minimum of three experiences outside the classroom. First, we go to the scene – the Garage tavern (the [...]

17 02, 2014

ADVANCED TRIAL ADVOCACY INSTITUTE

By |February 17th, 2014|Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute, Seattle University Law School|0 Comments

Seattle University launches Advanced Trial Advocacy InstituteMarilyn Berger and I have developed and chair this week-long (June 2-6, 2014) Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute. The Institute offers a proven conceptual approach to trial practice combined with premier trial principles and strategies for every phase of trial from preparation through closing argument. During the course the best [...]

14 12, 2013

CROSS-EXAMINATION VIDEOS

By |December 14th, 2013|Casey Anthony case, Concession-Seeking Cross, Don'ts for Cross-Examination, Movies, Seattle University Law School, Teacher Materials, Tips on Cross|0 Comments

Ann Murphy’s Gift of Cross-Examination VideosProfessor Ann Murphy (pictured here) has compiled a collection of videos and photographs that can be used to enliven any class presentation on evidence or cross-examination. This collection is valuable not only for evidence and trial advocacy professors but also for attorneys and law students who want to watch how [...]

20 11, 2013

WHAT’S BEST FOR BETSY? COURTROOM FUNDAMENTALS

By |November 20th, 2013|Courtroom Lessons, Seattle University Law School, teaching techniques|0 Comments

Lamb v. Samson, Unified Family CourtEach semester in my Comprehensive Pretrial Advocacy course, the law students go to court, observe and write a report about what they saw and learned. Students select from federal, state or municipal court, and they can choose either a civil or criminal cases. These reports are important for at least [...]

21 05, 2013

MOTION ARGUMENT – DOES IT PASS THE “LAUGH TEST”?: COURTROOM LESSON #6

By |May 21st, 2013|Courtroom Lessons, Motions, Pretrial Tips, Seattle University Law School|0 Comments

Maintain Your CredibilityNo matter how much you stress certain principles of pretrial practice in a law school pretrial advocacy class, the lessons don’t stick the way seeing them come live in a courtroom does. Students in my semester-long Comprehensive Pretrial Advocacy course go to court, watch a motion calendar and write a report about what [...]

17 05, 2013

CRITICAL TRIAL ADVOCACY RULES: COURTROOM LESSON #5

By |May 17th, 2013|Civility, Courtroom Lessons, Pretrial Tips, Seattle University Law School, Trial Tips|2 Comments

Seeing is Believing No matter how much you stress certain principles of pretrial and trial practice in a law school trial advocacy class, the lessons don’t stick the way seeing them come live in a courtroom does. Students in my semester-long Comprehensive Trial Advocacy course go to court, watch a day of trial and write [...]

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