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  • A Guide to Impeachment by Prior Inconsistent Statement

    11,943 views 3 years ago
    Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this lecture about how to impeach a witness with their prior inconsistent statement. Visit www.ggulitigation.com for the companion handout.

    For other trial advocacy and litigation lectures and demonstrations, check out our other videos and materials on GGULitigation.com, follow Professor Porter on Twitter (@WRPspdADVOCACY), and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (wporterable). Show less
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  • Evidence Play

    Professor Porter discusses key concepts in evidence to help you understand nd apply the rules in the courtroom.
    • Evidence 1.2 Objections as "Hurdles" - Duration: 11 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,286 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this lecture series about the concepts and rule of evidence. This vid...
    • Evidence 1.1 Introduction - Duration: 7 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,516 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this lecture series about the concepts and rule of evidence. This vid...
    • Understanding the Modes of Impeachment - Duration: 4 minutes, 46 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 687 views
      Prof. Wes Porter explains the modes of impeachment as applied to witnesses and their character for untruthfulness under Article VI.

      Check out his videos on this channel - wporterable - visit us a...
    • Identifying Character Evidence - Duration: 5 minutes, 24 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 811 views
      Prof. Wes Porter explains issue spotting character evidence under Article IV by WHO the evidence relates to, WHEN the evidence occurred, and WHAT FORM it presents at trial.

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    • Distinguishing Character Evidence from Impeachment - Duration: 5 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,305 views
      Prof. Wes Porter explains the difference between character evidence under Article IV and impeachment of witnesses under Article VI.

      Check out his videos on this channel - wporterable - visit us a...
    • Understanding Character Evidence, Impeachment and "Prior Bad Acts" II - Duration: 8 minutes, 52 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 2,941 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU) in San Francisco, presents these two clips of a lecture by the very popular GGU Prof. Bob C...
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  • Trial Ad - "Hard Skills" Play

    Professor Wes Porter (constantly) talks about "hard skills" versus "soft skills" in the context of trial advocacy (see Daniel Coyle's "The Little Book of Talent" for more explanation). The three clearest examples of "hard skills" in trial advocacy - skills that you should just hard wire into your brain PRECISELY - are:

    1. refreshing recollection (of your forgetful witnesses)
    2. impeaching by prior INconsistent statement (for their witnesses)
    3. laying the foundation for EXHIBITS (to RE-tell the story)


    Visit GGUlitigation.com for more.
    • A Demonstration of Impeachment by Prior Inconsistent Statement - Duration: 116 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 8,806 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this student demonstration on how to impeach a witness with their prio...
    • A Guide to Impeachment by Prior Inconsistent Statement - Duration: 4 minutes, 17 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 11,943 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this lecture about how to impeach a witness with their prior inconsist...
    • A Demonstration of Refreshing a Witness' Recollection - Duration: 107 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 3,019 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this student demonstration about how to refresh a witness' recollectio...
    • A Guide to Refreshing a Witness' Recollection - Duration: 3 minutes, 44 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 2,734 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this lecture about how to refresh a witness' recollection. Please visi...
    • A Guide to Laying a Proper Foundation for Exhibits - Duration: 5 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      • 13,585 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this lecture about how to lay the proper foundation to admit exhibits ...
    • A Guide to Presenting Motions in Limine - Duration: 4 minutes, 5 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 7,236 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this lecture about the essential components of presenting a motion in ...
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  • Closing Play

    Professor Porter emphaiszesTHREE key concepts for effective closing arguments:

    1. RE-hooking the jury with your 1st few minutes
    2. using the LAW (elements, burden, jury instructions, etc.) to frame your arguments
    3. An 90/10 Rule - spend 90% of your argument on YOUR case, YOUR theory, YOUR witness and why YOU should prevail, as opposed to recapping your OPPONENT's case.

    Visit GGUlitigation.com for more.
    • Explaining the Law in Closing - Student Demonstration - Duration: 3 minutes, 22 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 672 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golen Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, present this demonstration about how to explain the law in closing.

      For other t...
    • Closing - Referencing Your Theme Throughout Closing - Duration: 2 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 467 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golen Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, present this student demonstration about how to reference your theme throughout ...
    • Using the Law in Closing - Part III - Duration: 8 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 381 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this talk and demonstration for the "Advocacy Teaching Blog" about usi...
    • Using the Law in Closing - Part II - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      • 474 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this talk and demonstration about "Using the law in a closing statemen...
    • Using the Law in Closing - Part I - Duration: 7 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 629 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this talk and demonstration for the "Advocacy Teaching Blog" about usi...
    • Closing Argument III. Don'ts - Duration: 6 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 1,803 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this lecture about closing argument - and some don'ts for your closing.
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  • Cross & Impeachment Play

    Professor Porter preaches about crafting SHORT, CLEAR, AIMING FOR "YES" QUESTIONS organized into BLOCKS on cross examination. When the witness gioves an answer OTHER than "yes," then the advocate must listen and react with witness control devices.

    Professor Porter also urges advocates to consider the following MODES OF IMPEACHMENT as permissible PATHWAYS to explore a witness' credibility on cross examination. If opposing counsel on cross examination is NOT properly on one of these PATHWAYS, then "objection IMPORPER character evidence."

    The modes of impeachment:

    - memory (no FRE - other than 602)
    - perception (no FRE - other than 602)
    - bias (no FRE)
    - prior convictions (FRE 609)
    - specific acts of UNtruthfulness (FRE 608(b) - *favorite rule*)
    - prior inconsistent stanements (FRE 613 & 801(d)(1)(B))

    Visit GGUlitigation.com for more.
    • Understanding Character Evidence, Impeachment and "Prior Bad Acts" II - Duration: 8 minutes, 52 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 2,941 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU) in San Francisco, presents these two clips of a lecture by the very popular GGU Prof. Bob C...
    • Understanding Character Evidence, Impeachment & "Prior Bad Acts": I - Duration: 8 minutes, 47 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 2,238 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU) in San Francisco, presents these two clips of a lecture by the very popular GGU Prof. Bob C...
    • 5-Minute Drills in Trial Advocacy - Duration: 5 minutes, 41 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 4,572 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this talk and demonstration for the "Advocacy Teaching Blog" about 5-m...
    • Cross Exam III: Modes of Impeachment & Attacking Credibility - Duration: 13 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      • 11,335 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this lecture about cross examination, specifically the modes of impeac...
    • Cross Exam II: Organizing Questions in "Blocks" - Duration: 13 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      • 4,179 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this lecture about cross examination and organizing our cross question...
    • Cross exam I: Constructing, Organizing & Connecting - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      • 5,093 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this lecture about cross examination - specifically constructing your ...
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