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George (Bob) Dekle’s book entitled Prairie Defender:  The Murder Trials of Abraham Lincoln provides a brilliant anatomy of Lincoln’s murder trials. It is a great read on multiple levels. First, it reveals the true nature of Lincoln’s trial practice, debunking myths with solid evidence and providing an accurate description of his trial work. For instance,

Cynthia Ozick, a shorty story writer, once said, “two things remain irretrievable: time and a first impression.” So true. Opening statement is a trial lawyer’s best opportunity to make a positive first impression of the case. I’m currently teaching two Visual Litigation and Today’s Technology courses: one for FLEX JD students who are working and will

 This Summer, I am teaching two sections of Visual Litigation and Today’s Technology at Seattle University Law School. These are remote-learning courses. One course is a regular course and the other is a FLEX JD course that is offered to people who working or otherwise unable to attend the three-year program. The FLEX JD course

This Eradicating American “Prosecutor Misconduct” Handbook is designed for both prosecutors and defense counsel alike as well as anyone interested in the prosecutor’s roles and functions. Its modest goal is to eradicate what is called “prosecutor misconduct”. While this Handbook may serve as a guidebook for prosecutors, it also arms defense counsel with information that

 I just finished lecturing at the University of Montana Law School’s Advanced Trial Advocacy course designed for fledgling trial lawyers. It was an opportunity to make 4 presentations and I attempted to practice what I preached in Powerful Presentation HandbookHere it is in a nutshell:Whether your speech is intended to educate, persuade,

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Because the summary chart has now become available, I thought it worthwhile to go back over the importance of this piece of evidence, which I discussed in a prior blog post and incidentally discussed with the audience at last week’s Advanced Trial Advocacy course for new trial lawyers at Montana University Law School. During the Trump

Illustrative Summary ChartThe headline for the May 10, 2024 newspaper article about Trump’s “hush money” trial read “Prosecutors introduce key text and call records into evidence” Then, the article went on to state:After Westerhout (a prosecution witness) left the stand, prosecutors spent the rest of the day calling a series of custodial witnesses to introduce

Here are students in my Seattle  University Law School’s Pretrial Advocacy course arguing a mock motion during the last class of the course. While King County Superior Court Judge Melinda Young presided over some of the arguments – for instance the one shown here, Judge Patrick Oishi presided over others during this Saturday’s event. This