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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


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Picture a white bear.


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What is the job of a trial lawyer?


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The job of a trial lawyer

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


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Legal Analysis

  • Whom do you represent?

  • What outcome do you want?

  • What evidence do you have?


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  • Every story can be reduced to one sentence.

  • That sentence is your theory of the case.


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Representing the Bears

What outcome do you want?


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Representing the Bears

What outcome do you want?

Goldilocks to pay for the damage she did.


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Representing the Bears

What evidence do you have?


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Representing the Bears

What evidence do you have?

What the Bears saw.


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Representing the Bears

What is this case about in one sentence?


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Representing the Bears

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


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Representing Goldilocks

What outcome do you want?


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Representing Goldilocks

What outcome do you want?

Goldilocks does not have to pay.


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Representing Goldilocks

What evidence do you have?


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Representing Goldilocks

What evidence do you have?

Goldilocks.


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Representing Goldilocks

What is this case is about in one sentence?


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Representing Goldilocks

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


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Darth v. Leia


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Representing Darth Vader

What outcome do you want?


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Representing Darth Vader

What outcome do you want?

To send Princess Lightfingers to jail for stealing.


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Representing Darth Vader

What evidence do you have?

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


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Representing Darth Vader

What is this case is about in one sentence?


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Representing Darth Vader

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


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Representing Princess Leia

What outcome do you want?


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Representing Princess Leia

What outcome do you want?

To keep her out of Galactic Prison.


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Representing Princess Leia

What evidence do you have?


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Representing Princess Leia

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


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Representing Princess Leia

What is this case about in one sentence?


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Representing Princess Leia

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


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The job of a trial lawyer

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


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Legal Analysis and Theme

  • Whom do you represent?

  • What outcome do you want?

  • What evidence do you have?


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  • Every story can be reduced to one sentence.

  • That sentence is your theory of the case.


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