****Respond to this discussion forum in 300 words. That’s it.*****I normally do not have any problem seeing both sides of an issue. Having worked for the prosecution and the defense in different cases, I can easily switch support to either side of an issue. In preparation for trial, I was relied upon often to play the “devil’s advocate” and argue the opposing side’s position. I especially liked prepping witnesses for trial and playing the opposing counsel. There were emotional cases, such as child abuse, child pornography, sexual assault, etc. that when working for the defense it was very difficult to remain objective and assist in defending the case. However, as a legal professional, I felt it was my responsibility to assist in providing the best defense possible for the client. In these type of cases, I have to set aside my personal feelings and concentrate on the laws and case precedence which will enable me to provide the best possible legal representation to a client. I cannot picture a scenario in which I would choose to work for the defense in criminal cases. I am confident I could do it on a professional level, but I do not believe I would be able to handle defending someone who I strongly suspected or knew was guilty of a crime, on a personal level.In preparing for a case, it is imperative that you are able to see the opposing side’s argument and accept that some of their positions are valid, either morally, legally or both. By being able to recognize the strengths of the opposing side, you will be able to better prepare to represent and defend your client’s interests. One of the ways I prepare to play the opposing side is to list the strengths and weaknesses of my own case. I use the knowledge of my own position, to develop a list of the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition. This, in turn, allows me research and develop defenses against their strengths and identify issues in my own position that I need to concentrate on.I think it is very important to be able to view both sides of an argument in anything I do in life. From negotiating a contract, supporting a candidate in politics, or representing a client, blind obedience to one point of view, without considering the opposing point of view, limits my ability to make educated decisions and weakens my ability to intelligently defend my position. According to the University of Kansas’ Community Tool Box, How to Respond to Opposition Tactics:If knowledge is power, ignorance is weakness. An opponent you understand is much weaker than an opponent whose every move baffles you. Understand your foe’s beliefs, background, and position. This will put you in a stronger position to respond to attacks. It can also increase your organization’s image as an intelligent, rational group.[1]I find that the key thing for me when developing an opposing view to my own, is to set aside my personal convictions and try to see the issue through my opponent’s eyes.

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