Mind Map of the Month: Theft of Government Property Template (Law) Richard W. Vitaris
If you have an important meeting where you need to speak, respond to questions, and keep track of the points you want to make, a Mind Map can really help. This template is one I developed for use by trial lawyers, but anybody who needs to speak at any type of public meeting can make good use of it by making a few easy modifications.
This template uses an example of a case involving theft of Government property. This particular template could be used by a prosecutor, defense attorney, investigator, or a judge (that’s how I used it). But the template can be easily modified for use by anyone who wants to keep track of the arguments raised and the evidence presented in this or any other context from a Homeowner’s Association Meeting, a negotiation over a contract, or whatever.
This particular template lists the elements of the crime of Theft of Government Property. These are the three things a prosecutor would need to prove the case: 1) that the defendant took the property; 2) that the defendant intended to permanently deprive the government of the property; and 3) that the property was the property of the Government. Each element is a separate branch of the map.
For each element, there are subbranches to identify the exhibits (documents), if any, relevant to the element, the witnesses who will testify about the element, and the points that the attorney will make when making his or her final argument before the judge or jury. Finally, there are check boxes which can be marked when evidence is introduced or an argument has been made. That way, nothing can be overlooked.
While this mind map is based upon a relatively simple, single charge, the template can be readily expanded for cases with multiple and complex charges. The mind map can be easily collapsed or expanded allowing (in this case) the trial lawyer to have all aspects of the case available on a single map. And, as explained earlier, the template can be readily modified for any other type of situation where a public speaker needs to keep track of what he or she says or does.
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