Robert Glass and James Robson of Atlanta’s Glass & Robson, LLC were honored to be asked to present a mock closing argument at Mercer Law School’s Trial Practice class on April 6, 2015. The Trial Practice class is taught by law school professor and former King & Spalding senior parter Dwight J. Davis. Davis is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
On April 6, 2015, Robert and James presented a closing argument from a motor vehicle injury case the firm plans to try later this year. Robert represented the plaintiff and James represented the defendant. James recently completed the AAJ Ultimate Trial College in Boston at Harvard University Law School in March 2015 and applied some of his new techniques to the law school class. Robert completed the college in 2013.
The class offered some interesting feedback in response to different aspects of the closing statements. Questions included whether liability insurance was in play. The class was also intrigued by the two lawyers getting feisty with each other’s allegations in closing. Interesting, only one student thought those aggressive arguments against each other were offensive or off-putting.
Glass & Robson is a big believer in mock trial practice and focus groups. The firm has not tried a case without having first presented the case to a focus group to learn about how ordinary citizens respond to the facts and issues in the case.