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The National Education already own network presents a law in the news with Professor Joseph R. Jule an associate dean of the University of Michigan Law School. A March 7th and 8th some 3000 lawyers will pay a total sum of $100000 or more to attend the 20th Annual Advocacy Institute in Ann Arbor Michigan. The theme of that institute persuasion the key to damage is the director of this institute John W. Reed is with me. John what is the purpose of this particular Advocacy Institute which will draw so many lawyers from. About 50 states the purpose is essential to help lawyers become better advocates better trial lawyers better men in the court room and the Institute which is sponsored by the Institute of continuing legal education and agency jointly
developed and controlled by the University of Michigan Wayne State University and the State Bar of Michigan is a practical way to get at this problem of how to be better in the courtroom. It does so by means of trial demonstrations in which actual trials are held on the stage actual in the sense that their real questioning of witnesses arguments to the jury and all the rest not actual in the sense of a real case but act of a hypothetical case. Is it likely that the public will ultimately benefit from this almost clinical exercise in cross-examination and that's what it really comes down to is it not. This is the purpose of it. Any time a lawyer does his job better our judgment is that the public is is well served. That's assuming that our ideals and our goals are high ones as they are here namely to make the adversary system which is the basis of our system of trial jurisprudence works better. I suppose a layman might believe that the
cross-examination process is one which has as its object the distortion or the prevention of the telling of the true story. How do you answer such a criticism which you so often heard. Well I think the the sometimes the law students come to us with some of the same feeling their background is. Perry Mason Mr. District Attorney the kinds of theatrical things in which the drama of the the oratorical lawyer and the destroyed witness makes for good theater but the practical aspect of it is that cross-examination is a device designed to see to it that we get the whole story out of a witness not just the story that he tells when examined by a friendly lawyer to support the position of a particular witness. Is it possible that out of an institute such as this will come some new law. What I have in mind particularly is this case you're going to be dealing with one element of the case as I recall involves the use or failure to use
seat belts. I take it there is some question as to whether I am obligated in order to be a prudent individual and therefore not subject to a charge of negligence to use my seatbelt. Is there going to be some law on the subject to evolve from your institute. It's conceivable that some suggestions made at the Institute may lead to new laws we have lawyers from all states coming to this program and as they hear the discussions they may go back to their states and move for new provisions there. Not only concerning seatbelts but concerning headrest neck restraints that are now required to be on all cars as our seatbelt. But people can leave their seat belts unfastened. They can take their head restraints out if they're annoyed by them. And if there are injuries then are made worse in an accident because of the absence of these. There is a question as to whether this should impede their ability to recover for the damages caused by somebody else's negligence since their own negligence and large door contributed to their particular injuries. It is
Law in the news
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This program focuses on the 1969 Advocacy Institute and its theme, persuasion.
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This series focuses on current news stories that relate to the law.
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: Reed, John W., 1918-
Producing Organization: University of Michigan
Producing Organization: National Association of Educational Broadcasters
Speaker: Julin, Joseph R.
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Identifier: 61-35a-403 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
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Duration: 00:04:58
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