I noticed the other day that one reader was following the Advocacy Teaching Blog. I hadn’t seen it before, and I’m not sure how long it’s been going, but there’s already a wealth of information there.
It’s administered by Assoc Prof Chris Behan (Southern Illinois University School of Law), Prof Charles H. Rose III (Stetson University College of Law), and Assoc Prof Hugh Selby (Australian National University).
Although some of the articles have a focus on North American practice that might not directly apply in the Australian context, there are enough similarities for most of them to be good.
For example, a random post I looked at on control of witnesses suggested a couple of good key phrases for calming down a recalcitrant witness who won’t answer questions as asked. (One of the things I liked about this were the examples, similar to Mauet & McCrimmon’s Fundamentals of Trial Technique, which tells readers how to go about the task, with specific examples of questions, rather than just what they want to achieve.)
And there’s an Agony Aunt section for asking questions of the hive-mind at work on this blog!
And another advocacy resource I came across is a YouTube channel set up by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. NITA was responsible for the Irving Younger videos at Boulder, Colorado, that probably many of us have seen once or twice over the years. None of these free videos I’ve seen so far are quite so entertaining, but they’re interesting nonetheless.