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Advocacy Skills Workshop – Cross Examinations
September 3, 2014 12:40 pm
September 3, 2014 1:40 pm
Advocacy Programs
Prof. Jeff Brooks
Rep. Phone #
First Posted:
August 4, 2014
August 4, 2014
Law Center, Tyson Room

This Week’s Workshop:

This week’s Skills Workshop will focus on techniques used in cross examining lay witnesses.  Students should be generally familiar with the 2014 Skills Workshops Case File, particularly the statements of the witnesses Sam Guthrie and Jean Allerdyce.  Students planning to participate in the Fall Flory Trial Competition and/or those planning to try out for a trial advocacy traveling team are particularly encouraged to attend.

General Information:

The Advocacy Programs are sponsoring a series of brown-bag lunch workshops every Tuesday and Wednesday during the fall semester, from 12:40 to 1:40 in the Tyson Room (S307). (No experience in courtroom practice is necessary to participate!)  Designed to give 2L and 3L students exposure to a number of different courtroom skills, these workshops will complement participation in the many internal competitions offered at LSU, and also to assist students in developing skills that may be assessed in the Advocacy Programs’ moot court and trial advocacy team tryouts.  Participation is completely voluntary, signing up is not required, attendance will not be taken, and students may elect to participate in some but not all of the workshops at their option.  The same material will be covered in both the Tuesday and Wednesday training sessions each week.  The workshops will be taught by Prof. Jeffrey Brooks and the coaches of the Advocacy Programs.

Students planning to participate in the Workshops should familiarize themselves with the 2014 Skills Workshops Case File, available on the Advocacy Programs website.

The full schedule of workshops is below:

  • August 26 & 27 – Opening Statements
  • September 2 & 3 – Cross Examinations
  • September 9 & 10 – Basics of Exhibits and Objections
  • September 16 & 17 – Moot Court Tryouts Primer (Note: This session will cover what moot court team coaches are looking for in moot court tryouts, and will not relate to the 2014 Skills Case File.)
  • September 23 & 24 – Direct Examinations
  • September 30 and October 1 – Closing Arguments
  • October 7 & 8 – Expert Witnesses
  • October 14 & 15 – Motion Practice
  • October 21 & 22 – Arbitration Techniques