Fundamentals of advocacy taught at the Lyceum of Aristotle.*
These, then, are the basics of advocacy of which we should remind ourselves on our visit back through the centuries. But above all, we must constantly keep in mind what Aristotle dinned into his pupils that the essence of the art of advocacy is persuasion. How often, in our assemblage of proofs, do we substitute volume for quality? How often, in our presentation of them, does tedium dominate attraction? How often do we, in our audience, assume interest rather than earn it?
*Taken from an article by Mr Justice John H Phillips in  ALJR 347 "The Peripatos" - of walking