ONE LINE LESSONS

The following “one line lessons” for excellence in advocacy were contributed by members of the national trial advocacy listserv.  The submissions are organized topically, with the contributors’ names preceding their contributions.   CASE THEORY Brett Bayne Shamelessly stolen from Herb Brooks and the 1984 Miracle on Ice, he reportedly strolled the bench behind the players

WHAT “OPENS THE DOOR?”

It is a regular occurrence in trials for one party to approach the Judge and say “Your Honor,” they just opened the door to X; may I now ask questions or present evidence on that point?”  The response may be more reactive than reasoned, and that is because we rarely discuss the legal principles underpinning

Developing a Strong Law School Advocacy Program: Some Thoughts and Observations

David Raack[1]   Although some law schools have robust and well-developed advocacy programs, a significant number don’t.  Schools without a strong program may wish to develop one, and this article addresses that scenario. (The term “advocacy program” is used here to include mock trial, moot court, and ADR components.) The purpose of this discussion is