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Direct Examination Articles for Trial Lawyers

Direct examination is the most overlooked trial skill in the trial lawyer's toolbox, yet it's also the most essential skill you'll use in trial.  If you can't get your witnesses to persuasively tell their stories, you'll never get your client's story across to the jurors.  In these free trial advocacy direct examination articles, you'll learn how to improve your questioning skills and take your direct examination to the next level.

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"Did You See What Happened?" - Establishing Your Witness's Vantage Point During Direct Examination

The Power of Eye Contact During Direct Examination

How to Persuasively Present Written Transcripts During Direct Examination

Anticipate Your Jury's Questions About Inadmissible Evidence

Why are You Asking Predicate Questions During Direct Examination?

Why You Shouldn’t Ask Leading Questions During Direct Examination

Controlling the witness during direct examination

Do You Listen to Your Witnesses During Direct Examination?

The Danger of Leading Your Witness During Direct Examination

Are You Ignoring Your Witness During Direct Examination?

Quick and Easy Trial Graphics

Practice with Your Courtroom Props

Preparing Your Witnesses for Direct Examination

Getting the Most Out of Your Expert Witness During Direct Examination

Are You Creating a Worthless Deposition Record?

Should You Let Jurors Ask Direct Examination Questions?

How to Destroy Your Witness's Credibility with Bad Direct Examination Practices

Can Jurors See and Hear Your Most Important Direct Examination Evidence?

Are Jurors Ignoring Your Documentary Evidence During Direct Examination?

Are You Involving Your Jurors in Your Direct Examination?

The Proper Use of Notes During Direct Examination

Minimizing Damage to Damaged Witnesses During Direct Examination

Don't End Your Direct Examination on a Low Note

What to Do When Your Witness Forgets During Direct Examination (Part I)

What to Do When Your Witness Forgets During Direct Examination (Part II)

The Rules of Repetition During Direct Examination

How a Simple Checklist Can Salvage Your Direct Examination

How to Conduct a Direct Examination When Your Witness Doesn't Speak English

Understanding What Your Witness is Saying During Direct Examination

Should You Shoot Your Witnesses During Direct Examination?

The WORST Question You Can Ask During Direct Examination

Using Loops to Highlight Important Testimony During Direct Examination

How to Persuasively Present Written Transcripts During a Simple Checklist Can Salvage Your Direct Examination

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