March 01, 2017 Articles

What Barbara Walters Can Teach Us about Direct Examination

The television legend's 1999 interview with Monica Lewinsky is something all lawyers should watch

By Michael J. Satin

In his unprecedented campaign for president, Donald Trump responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by bringing up the names of women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct—as well as those who did not. Quite suddenly, Monica Lewinsky’s name was in the papers again. For reasons I can hardly explain, I found myself on YouTube watching Barbara Walters’s interview of Monica Lewinsky on March 3, 1999. In doing so, I realized it is this interview that lawyers should watch to learn how to conduct an effective direct examination.

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