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Compendium of Trial Advocacy Drills

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Stein and Rubinowitz discuss the concept that many of us learn intellectually, others of us learn existentially, and then there are the rest of us that learn by doing. In Compendium of Trial Advocacy Drills, the student will practice the skills taught verbally in the classroom through a hands-on approach.

All of the drills are designed to bring a unique energy to the classroom. Set-up as mini-exercises, each drill narrows in on specific trial techniques that students are eager to practice.

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CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

I. Introduction

II. When Drills Are Appropriate

III. How Drills Work

IV. The Instructor's Rules for Drills

V. Drills


1. Volume, Pace, and Gestures—The Emphasis Drill

2. Direct Examination—The Who, What, Where, When Drill

3. Direct Examination—The Double Direct/Looping Drill

4. Direct and/or Cross-Examination—The-One-Fact-per-Question Drill
  
5. Direct Examination—The Picture-Drawing Drill

6. Cross-Examination—The Freeze-Frame Technique

7. Cross-Examination—The Eraser Drill

8. Cross-Examination—The Using-Operative-Words Drill

9. Object Examination—The Schizophrenia Drill

10. Cross-/Direct Examination—The Tennis Ball Drill

11. Cross-/Direct Examination—The Ultimate Question Drill

12. Advanced Direct/Cross-Examination—The Thinking-on-Your-Feet Drill

13. Evidentiary Foundations/Direct Examination—The Conga Line Drill

14. Chain of Custody—The Visualization Drill

15. Objections—The No-Speeches Drill

16. Impeachment—The Confirm, Clue, Credit, Confront Drill

17. Opening Statement—The Using-Operative-Legal-Terms Drill

18. Closing Argument—The Relating-Cross-Exam-Questions-to-Closing Drill

19. Closing Argument/Damages—The Money-Request Drill

20. Closing Argument—The 3" x 5" Index Card Drill

21. Closing Argument/Opening Statement—The One-Minute Drill

22. Closing Argument—The Argument v. Reciting Facts Drill

23. Closing Argument

VI. Conclusion