Alice in Wonderland

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Mar 24, 2010 in The 1L Life | Subscribe

Hey everybody! :D

I mentioned back on Sunday that I participated in NCCU Law‘s annual Mary Wright 1L Closing Argument competition. The videos were posted online today, so I downloaded a copy and threw it on YouTube to share with y’all :)

The student workers who did the recording apparently took a coffee break around the 4min mark — the camera just keeps on panning into the wall, so for the last minute you’ll just have to listen to my voice. Hopefully you can still figure out the theme to the closing ;)

That whole experience showed me how weird it is to watch yourself after giving a speech. At the time I thought I was talking incredibly fast — I finished with 35+ seconds left, even though every time I’d practice I’d only have 3-5 seconds left — but watching it after the fact it doesn’t seem that bad.

If you want to check out the fact pattern for the case, download “People v. Andrew Madison” from this URL at

Anyhow, hope y’all enjoy :) I’m off to study for CivPro then to prepare for this weekend’s UNCASG meeting. Have a great night! :D

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Mar 25, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Great job! That was fun to watch.

Mar 25, 2010 at 12:13 PM

That was awesome! I was doing Street Law for a while and we were using this case…I really like your Alice in Wonderland analogy. Really great job, again!

Mar 25, 2010 at 1:57 PM

BOOYAH! Great job!

Anytime you can work in “their cheshire cat grins” into a courtroom argument, you win!

Mar 26, 2010 at 12:06 AM

Thank you so much, I really do appreciate it :) I’m glad y’all had fun watching :D

Mar 26, 2010 at 2:19 AM

You’ll make a hellova lawyer someday.


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