Ryerson’s LPP teaches trial advocacy at a very high level.
Recently, I was fortunate to participate as an advisor, assisting LPP candidates with cross-examination skills. The cross-examination workshop was led by Sheila Block and Jim Seckinger, who literally have decades of teaching trial advocacy internationally. Sitting in on the cross-examination demonstrations left several experienced trial lawyers wondering whether they were advisors or students!
6 Fundamental Cross-Examination Skills were emphasised:
- Use headlines to outline the area/topic for examination;
- Ask leading questions;
- Each question should relate to a specific time, person, place or event;
- Listen and follow-up;
- Organise your topics to advance your case; and
- Focus on the listener (witness and decision-maker), with the ultimate goal of having the decision-maker take a note.