Trial Advocacy Tips
Jury Selection Tips
- The Best Method for Keeping Track of Your Juror Strikes
- VIDEO: Two Tips for Better Jury Selection
- Give Jurors Time to Think During Jury Selection
- How to Capture Important Details During Jury Selection
- Where to Stand During Jury Selection
- Are Jurors Lying to Your During Jury Selection?
Opening Statement Tips
- Grabbing the Jury's Attention During Opening Statement
- How to Add More Impact to Your Opening Statement
- How to Add More Details to Your Opening Statement
- Start Your Opening Statement by Punching a Juror in the Mouth!
- AUDIO: Are you Promising Too Much During Opening Statement
- VIDEO: How to Present an Opening Statement without Notes
Direct Examination Tips
- What to Do When Your Witness Forgets
- Repeating Testimony for Maximum Effect (without Drawing an 'Asked and Answered' Objection)
- How a Simple Checklist can Save Your Trial
- How to Make Sure Your Jurors and Witnesses are Speaking the Same Language
- The WORST Question You Can Ask in Direct Examination
- Preparing Your Witness for Direct Examination
- How to Involve Your Jurors in Direct Examination
- Don't Destroy Your Witness's Credibility During Direct Examination
- Using Loops to Highlight Important Testimony During Direct Examination
- AUDIO: Are You Ignoring Your Witness During Direct Examination?
- Stop Leading your Witnesses During Direct Examination!
- How to Effectively Present Written Transcripts
- VIDEO: The Secret to Successful Cross-Examination
- How to Cross-Examine Your Client
- VIDEO: How to Impeach Witnesses With Prior Sworn Statements
- AUDIO: How to Impeach Witnesses With Prior Sworn Statements
- How to Avoid Asking 'One Question too Many'
- The Danger of Taglines During Cross-Examination
- Impeach Witnesses by Creating an Effective Record at Depositions
Closing Argument Tips
- Using Repetition to Improve Closing Arguments
- The Power of Pausing for Opening Statement and Closing Arguments
- How to Help Jurors Remember Your Witnesses During Closing Argument
- Show, Don't Tell, During Closing Argument
- Anticipating the Jury's Questions About Inadmissible Evidence
- How to Collect Stories and Analogies for Closing Argument
- Do You Sound Like a Lawyer During Closing Argument?
D.U.I. Specific Tips
One Thing. Just One Thing.
How to highlight "impairment of normal faculties"
through the direct examination of your arresting officer
Concession Based Cross Examination of the Defendant.
How to gain concessions from the defendant during
cross-examination in breath test refusal cases.
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