The Winning Advocate: Persuasive Writing & Oral Skills for Trial & Appellate Courts

5 Consecutive Wednesdays

April 30, May 7 thru May 28, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Sign In: 11:45
Program: 12:00 to 2:00 pm
2.0 Skills

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Class 1
The Psychology of Persuading Judges

Knowing your audience | Persuading through reasoning | The science of persuasion Non-legal factors affecting decision-making | Hot and cold benches in oral arguments

Class 2
The Mechanics Of Clear & Persuasive Writing
What good judges are taught about good writing | Structure of a memorandum or brief | Headings that persuade | Making the complex simple | Tips for clear & persuasive writing

Class 3
An Organized Approach & The persuasive Statement of Facts
Working in stages & letting the “madman” run | How to write an objective Statement of Facts that subjectively persuades The use of headings | Cardozo’s facts in Palsgraf

Class 4
Creating The Winning Argument
Types of arguments | Getting the judge to “want” to rule for you | Basic structure of an argument | Making defensible arguments | Effective legal research | The use of precedent

Class 5
How To give An Effective Oral Argument
Can oral argument win? The lawyer’s aim & the judges’agenda | Body language | How to prepare | Issue selection | Effective opening statements | Handling questions from the bench

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