Tag: Keith Evans

Developing an Effective Conclusion to your Argument

Developing an Effective Conclusion to your Argument

Whether you are delivering a speech to sway an audience or writing a closing argument for the courtroom, you want to deliver an effective conclusion. A few rules can help guide you. photo credit: jimduell The most important emotion in the conclusion of any argument is that of your audience. Ultimately, it is not your […]

Designing your Questions to Get the Answer You Want

Designing your Questions to Get the Answer You Want

As an advocate, particularly in a courtroom setting, it is important to think out in advance the answer you want to hear and then design your questions to present a view toward obtaining that desired answer. photo credit: Taylor.McBride™ Ultimately, you are seeking an answer that favors your position. And a big part of your […]

The Danger of Asking Leading Questions

The Danger of Asking Leading Questions

As an advocate in court, you want to be careful about putting words in the mouth of your witness, also known as asking leading questions. While it can be difficult to steer away from asking leading questions, think of this rule as “do not put words into the mouths of your witness.” What exactly is […]

Mandatory Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers

Mandatory Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers

When it comes to advocacy there are certain rules that are mandatory and must be observed. The consequences of forgetting these rules or not giving them proper credence can be severe, so it is important to have a solid understanding of them. photo credit: Wolfiewolf First, it is best to avoid arguments and stick to […]

Advocacy Is Fragile

Advocacy Is Fragile

Rule 38 The Materials of Advocacy Are Fragile As an advocate, one of your most important tasks is to persuade others to feel and think a certain way about an issue. You must be able to lead others to view your description of an issue or your solution to a problem as the most acceptable […]

Delivering Effective Oral Presentations

Delivering Effective Oral Presentations

Whenever you must give an oral presentation, being aware of a few critical elements can make a significant difference in the impact of your presentation. photo credit: bionicteaching First, make certain you know how loudly you must speak in order to be heard. Venues come in all different sizes and shapes. Whenever possible, get an […]

Tips for Good Legal Writing

Tips for Good Legal Writing

When handled properly, good legal writing stands out. photo credit: Seattle Municipal Archives There are four basic questions that should be asked in considering whether a document meets the standards of good legal writing: Is it easy to read? Is it interesting? Does it work? Is it as short as possible? If you are able […]

Three Aspects of Advocacy – Tips for Trials

Three Aspects of Advocacy – Tips for Trials

Understanding the basic rules and aspects of advocacy can prepare you to be a much better advocate for your client. photo credit: Steve Punter It is commonly assumed that the purpose of a trial is to discover the truth. This is actually not the primary purpose of a trial. As an advocate, one of your […]