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  • A Guide to Impeachment by Prior Inconsistent Statement

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    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 all

    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
      • 1,440 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
      • 1,717 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.

      • 2 years ago
      • 764 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.

      • 2 years ago
      • 922 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.

      Check out his videos ...
    • Distinguishing Character Evidence from Impeachment - Duration: 5 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 1,479 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
      • 3,144 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
      • 2,426 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...
    • Objections III. Responses Through the Court - Duration: 9 minutes, 33 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 4,381 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this lecture about evidentiary objections and responses, specifically ...
    • Objections & Responses II: "Evidentiary Sensors" - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      • 2,974 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this lecture about evidentiary objections and responses, specifically ...
    • Objections & Responses I: "The Lights are On" - Duration: 8 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 4,986 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, presents this lecture about evidentiary objections and responses, specifically ...
    • Cross Exam III: Modes of Impeachment & Attacking Credibility - Duration: 13 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      • 12,335 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
      • 4,511 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...
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  • Trial Ad - "Hard Skills" Play all

    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
      • 9,521 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
      • 12,764 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
      • 3,303 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
      • 2,921 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
      • 14,703 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
      • 7,572 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 ...
    • 5-Minute Drills in Trial Advocacy - Duration: 5 minutes, 41 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 4,927 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...
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  • Closing Play all

    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
      • 707 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
      • 493 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
      • 397 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
      • 496 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
      • 676 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
      • 1,852 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.
    • Closing Argument II. Differences from opening & 90.10 rule - Duration: 7 minutes, 11 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 1,358 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 differences from openin...
    • Closing Argument I: Understanding the End-Game - Duration: 8 minutes, 8 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 3,440 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 how understanding your end-g...
    • A Guide to Hooking Your Jury in the First Three Sentences - Duration: 3 minutes, 20 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 10,661 views
      Professor Wes Porter, Director of the GGU Litigation Center at Golen Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, present this lecture about how to get a jury's attention within the first three ...
    • A Demonstration of How to Hook a Jury in the First 3 Sentences - Duration: 72 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 4,385 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 hook your jury in the first three senten...
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  • Cross & Impeachment Play all

    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
      • 3,144 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
      • 2,426 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
      • 4,927 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
      • 12,335 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
      • 4,511 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
      • 5,561 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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