Organization and Flowing

Think about the most important skills for a debater. What are you thinking of? Speaking fluently? Logic and reason? Evidence and research? Many people overlook that the most important skill is that of listening. The ability to recall what other people said in order to...

Questions and Cross-Examination

When I was a kid my grandmother loved to watch TV legal dramas. What I remember most about those shows was how lawyers acted in trials, specifically what technical things they did to gain an advantage or nullify a threat. One of the things that both good lawyers and...

Topicality

What do you call 10,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start. What do you call 25 lawyers buried up to their neck in cement? Not enough cement. How many lawyer jokes are there? Three, the rest are true stories. Lawyers get a bad rap. There are hundreds of...

Presumption

Consider a very strange question: who is winning before a debate starts: the affirmative or the negative? This might sound like a trick question, that neither side should be considered in the lead until at least one argument is made. But, people have strong opinions...

Fiat

Have you ever watched a science fiction movie with a friend that would criticize the believability of the story? “Light-sabers would never work in the real world” or “Warp speed is impossible because nothing can go faster than the speed of light.” Or maybe you watched...
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