Four Easy Questions: Basic Foundation for the Admission of Evidence By Lilys McCoy One of the most critical trial advocacy skills is the ability to lay proper foundation for the admission of evidence. While important, it is often, and surprisingly, overlooked until the moment it is most needed. Standing in the courtroom and hearing the […]
Closing Argument is the trial’s denouement. To be successful, it must be satisfying and persuasive to the jury. However, often, too often, it becomes a liability due to poor planning or execution. Your Closing Argument needs to be engaging, goal-oriented, honest, and delivered with passion and verve.
Voir Dire (Jury Selection) is your opportunity to handpick an audience for your trial story. To assist you, I offer the following six considerations in planning and conducting Voir Dire.
an effective direct examination should be more like friends sitting in a living room, with the sound of crackling logs burning in a warm fireplace, catching up and telling stories. Direct examination is not an interrogation; it is a conversation. This article will provide three tips that will turn any direct examination into a friendly conversation that tells a story and will be easier for jurors to follow and understand.
The following is a checklist to help you prepare and execute a compelling Opening Statement. In your first few trials, be sure to review the list until the items become familiar and habitual.
The following is a checklist to help you prepare and deliver a successful Closing Argument. In your first few trials, be sure to review this list until the items become familiar and habitual.