FIU Cross-Examination Seminar

Written by Roy Black

On Friday, December 12, 2014, I will be teaching a seminar on cross-examination at the FIU Law School. The seminar has been organized by H.T. Smith and Scott Fingerhut. I have attached the materials I drafted for the seminar.

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Carr & Emory

Written by Roy Black

I recently was a judge in the UM moot court competition. While walking down the corridor to the faculty lounge I noticed a the class picture of the first graduating class in 1929 and was jolted to see a very young Henry R. Carr. His picture brought back memories of my public defender days.

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Ted Olson

Written by Roy Black

This past Sunday (11/16/14), I had the privilege of introducing Ted Olson for the first lecture panel at this year’s Miami Book Fair. Ted and his wife Lady, along with two of the plaintiffs, Chris Perry and Sandy Stier, were on the panel. The subject was the intense five years of litigation leading up to the Supreme Court’s decision to rule California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

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Firm Named as a Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report

Written by Wanda Gomez

Black Srebnick Kornspan & Stumpf, PA has been named as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms for 2015.

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Seeking Paralegal with some Legal Assistant Responsibilities

Written by Wanda Gomez

We are seeking an experienced professional with at least 5 years of experience to serve in the capacity of a hybrid Paralegal/Legal Assistant. Primary responsibilities will be paralegal, with some legal assistant duties. Knowledge in e-filing, Summation, Outlook calendaring, Federal and State rules of practice, and the ability to confidently assist Firm attorneys is required. […]

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Roy Black Presentation on Cross Examination

Written by Wanda Gomez

Roy Black will be giving a presentation on Cross Examination on Friday, December 12, 2014, in conjunction with Florida International University College of Law’s 2-day Trial Advocacy Performance CLE Program.

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RIP: Cross-Examination Has Died in Georgia

Written by Roy Black

I have a Google alert for “rape” and an article from a local newspaper in Georgia popped up on my computer screen this morning. Benjamin Tyler Gray, 29, is on trial charged with rape in Coweta County Superior Court, Georgia. A 27-year-old woman, unnamed of course, testified she woke up to find Gray in bed with her. The victim claims that the sexual encounter was not consensual even though she admitted did not attempt to resist Gray. Gray claims the sex was consensual. Thus the only issue for the jury was whether she consented to sex.

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Final Argument: Finding the Stories

Written by Roy Black

“…the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin.

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Imagining the 21st Century Law School

Written by Roy Black

The perfect school for litigation sits on the corner of 57th street and Seventh Avenue in mid-town Manhattan. It is called Carnegie Hall and unfortunately it is dedicated to music rather than law.

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Voir Dire: 2014

Written by Roy Black

We started the first trial in my law school class. The initial exercise was jury selection. I coached the students while they were standing in front of the jury box doing the exercise and later I sent the following notes to them:

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