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Making an impact on a witness


In past columns, I’ve talked about the “10 Rules” for witnesses as a way to help bridge the wide gap between normal conversation and communicating in a witness environment. The first is easy and natural; the second is difficult and unnatural — and treacherous. The language, rhythm and goals of each are very different.

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SYBIL PROCEDURE: The cycle of teaching and learning

Sybil Dunlop is an attorney with Greene Espel PLLP, Minneapolis. Her practice focuses on representing individuals, corporations and public-sector entities in business and governmental defense litigation.

When I was an undergraduate, I had the good fortune to hear Kurt Vonnegut speak on my college campus. I don’t remember the substance of his speech, but I do remember that I thought it was rambling and disjointed, until the end when the whole thing brilliantly came together and 10 different themes converged.

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