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Mock Trial Camp 2010 Legal Analysis and Theme Development. Mark V. Griffin Assistant Hennepin County Attorney. Picture a white bear. What is the job of a trial lawyer?. The job of a trial lawyer. Is to make sure the jury sees the bear you want them to see. Legal Analysis.

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Mock Trial Camp 2010Legal AnalysisandTheme Development

Mark V. Griffin

Assistant Hennepin County Attorney


Picture a white bear.


What is the job of a trial lawyer?


The job of a trial lawyer

  • Is to make sure the jury sees the bear you want them to see.


Legal Analysis

  • Whom do you represent?

  • What outcome do you want?

  • What evidence do you have?


  • Every story can be reduced to one sentence.

  • That sentence is your theory of the case.


Representing the Bears

What outcome do you want?


Representing the Bears

What outcome do you want?

Goldilocks to pay for the damage she did.


Representing the Bears

What evidence do you have?


Representing the Bears

What evidence do you have?

What the Bears saw.


Representing the Bears

What is this case about in one sentence?


Representing the Bears

This case is about three innocent bears whose sense of security was permanently destroyed when Goldilocks burglarized their home.


Representing Goldilocks

What outcome do you want?


Representing Goldilocks

What outcome do you want?

Goldilocks does not have to pay.


Representing Goldilocks

What evidence do you have?


Representing Goldilocks

What evidence do you have?

Goldilocks.


Representing Goldilocks

What is this case is about in one sentence?


Representing Goldilocks

This case is about a terrified little girl who was lost, hungry, and tired.


Darth v. Leia


Representing Darth Vader

What outcome do you want?


Representing Darth Vader

What outcome do you want?

To send Princess Lightfingers to jail for stealing.


Representing Darth Vader

What evidence do you have?

The stolen plans for the Death Star were in her possession.


Representing Darth Vader

What is this case is about in one sentence?


Representing Darth Vader

This case is about a traitor who endangered the public safety when she stole top secret information.


Representing Princess Leia

What outcome do you want?


Representing Princess Leia

What outcome do you want?

To keep her out of Galactic Prison.


Representing Princess Leia

What evidence do you have?


Representing Princess Leia

She put the plans into a droid and shot it out of the ship.


Representing Princess Leia

What is this case about in one sentence?


Representing Princess Leia

This case is about a young woman who just wanted to spend some quality time with her Dad.


The job of a trial lawyer

  • Is to make sure the jury sees the case that you want them to see.


Legal Analysis and Theme

  • Whom do you represent?

  • What outcome do you want?

  • What evidence do you have?


  • Every story can be reduced to one sentence.

  • That sentence is your theory of the case.


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