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William and Mary Digest: Feb. 22

William and Mary Digest: Feb. 22

Law professor pushes students to outdo themselves in court

Jeffrey Breit is a veteran of hundreds of trials, and in his Trial Advocacy class, he's teaching budding lawyers about the nuances of battling a case in court. Any of the law students who walk in the door, Breit said, can be molded.

"I have never had a student who I thought couldn't become a good trial lawyer," says Breit, an adjunct law professor and past president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. "Every student has qualities I can work with. The 'art of persuasion,' which is what I teach, is a learned art. Learning how to tell a story is a learned art. Learning how to examine a witness...

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