Final Argument: Classroom Training

Posted by Roy Black

“If ever there was a country where eloquence was a power, it is the United States.” 8 Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson 128 (1883). Nowhere is this quote more true than in an American courtroom.

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Failure to Practice

Posted by Roy Black

Preparation: More is better. Much more is much better. You never get to a point where you can let up. Never. –Tom Peters

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Obsession

Posted by Roy Black

This is one of my favorite quotes:

“You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.”
~Jerry Garcia (lead guitar for The Grateful Dead)

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Zimmerman Opening: Recency

Posted by Roy Black

As I wrote in my last post, recency, the last words the jury hears, carries persuasive power. John Guy made the most of it in his concluding sentences: “We are confident at the end of this trial you will know in your head, in your heart and your stomach that George Zimmerman did not shoot […]

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Zimmerman: Primacy & Recency

Posted by Roy Black

My advice to trial lawyers – throw out the trial advocacy books filled with old wives’ tales, and study human behavior. The opening arguments in the Zimmerman trial are a good example of using the psychological principles of primacy and recency. The audience remembers the first thing you say and the last far better than that sandwiched in the middle. And the impression the jurors get from the opening colors their perception of the evidence as it unfolds.

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Zimmerman: The Golden Minute

Posted by Roy Black

The best examples for teaching trial advocacy come from actual trials. Concrete always trumps abstract for learning. The George Zimmerman trial opening statements provided a lot of grist for my mill.

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Criminal Law: Quo Vadis?

Posted by Roy Black

Is it time to start lamentations on the death of the classic tough-as-nails criminal lawyer?

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Criminal Law: Quo Vadis?

Posted by Roy Black

Is it time to start lamentations on the death of the classic tough-as-nails criminal lawyer?

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Business Books: Steve Jobs

Posted by Roy Black

It is time to fashion a new approach to learning trial skills. It is time to throw out those hoary old trial advocacy books. It is time to reject the old school. Do you know what they do with old schools? They tear them down and build new ones. Why do we repeat the same […]

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8 Out of Firm’s 14 Lawyers Listed as 2013 Florida Super Lawyers

Posted by Wanda Gomez

The Firm is proud to boast that more than half of the Firm’s attorneys have been listed as 2013 Florida Super Lawyers.

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