Date of Project
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Ruth Wagoner
Dr. Annette Powell
Dr. Evanthia Speliotis
This analysis of 21 opening statements probes at current persuasive practices employed by trial attorneys through the lens of mainstream legal advice and an expanded definition of rhetorical invention – one which includes both discovery and creation. An evaluation of such practice reveals the utility, and furthermore the duty of the advocate, to draw upon an expanded realm of available arguments.
Chandler, Andrew, "A Rhetorical Analysis of Opening Statements in Trial: Reconsidering the Classical Canon of Invention" (2019). Undergraduate Theses. 40.
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