The courtroom was tense. The dashing trial lawyer cross-examined the witness with consummate skill. The questions, seemingly simple, incisively cut through the witness’ direct testimony, revealing to the packed courtroom the liar that the witness was …

Moot court was so much fun! After I started practicing, however, I began to realize that things are rarely as they were in law school. Rules of law applicable to real cases are not as well defined as they were in the research assignments we were given. Clients are not always as angelic as the citizens of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. And on those all too rare occasions when we actually examine a witness in a courtroom, there is rarely any real drama. Several years into my career, I could not help but wonder, were my best days as a trial lawyer in moot court?

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