Devil’s Advocate Preparation

TASK:

  • You are required to identify areas to cross-examine from your own work.
    PURPOSE:
  • Analyze and review your own report and work product and determine areas of cross-examination
    possibilities.
    GRADING RUBRIC:
    Skills 10 9 8 7 Score
    Devil’s
    Advocate
    Preparation Language is clear
    and relevant Most language is
    clear and relevant Few parts of the
    contract are
    clear/relevant The language is not
    clear
    Required
    Elements All of the required
    elements are
    clearly visible,
    organized and well
    placed Most of the
    required elements
    are clearly visible,
    organized and well
    placed Few of the required
    elements are clearly
    visible, organized
    and well placed.
    May be missing
    elements Missing most or all
    of the required
    elements
    Content Spelling
    Grammar
    Punctuation Excellent spelling,
    grammar,
    punctuation, and
    original content 1-2 spelling,
    grammar, or
    punctuation errors
    with original
    content 3-5 spelling,
    grammar, or
    punctuation errors
    with original content Multiple spelling,
    grammar, or
    punctuation errors
    Some content is
    copy/paste
    ORIGIN
  1. List 3 areas on which you expect to be cross examined on the issue of your origin location. This
    question seeks some specific questions that you expect to be asked, based on your origin opinion.
    Do not write a general question such as: “Why did you exclude the other portions of the room?”
    Rather, write a more detailed question such as:
    “If the living room went to flashover, could that explain why there was a hole in the
    floor?”
    “If you were told that the fire department extinguished the living room last, would that
    explain why the hole in the floor was so much larger than the hole in the dining
    room?”
    If you start to think like the attorney who will cross examine you, then you will be much
    better prepared for any questions you will face.
    CAUSE
  2. List 3 areas on which you expect to be cross examined on the issue of your determination of cause within your area of origin. Be very specific in identifying these 3 areas.
    Again, make sure your questions are specific. For example, “If you discovered that the
    lab analysis was not reliable, and that the “accelerant” evidence could not be used in
    court, what other proof do you have that would be sufficient to support your conclusion
    that the cause was arson?”