Advancing Advocacy

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					                                                               Advancing Advocacy

                                                                Major Jay Thoman*

                                                The Necessity of Advancing Advocacy Skills

     Teaching trial advocacy is one of the most critical duties               for trial counsel assigned to a s
				
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Description: To support this endeavor, I recently attended a workshop on teaching advocacy presented by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).1 The purpose of this article is to pass along what I learned from the course, plus some of my own experience, to assist readers in mentoring advocates within their zones of influence.2 For a training program to prove successful, a leader must examine his plan to ensure it supports his objectives. Active interest in your counsels' actual skill levels permits you to tailor your instruction to their needs, while emphasizing that professional growth is a priority.5 Committing the time to sit through trial, even if simultaneously working on something else such as reviewing a record of trial, also provides an opportunity for meaningful input about how the attorney may improve.
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