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Gain the Skills That Are Critical to Success in Civil Litigation

In the high-stakes world of civil litigation, how do you gain the advantage you need when every case is so different? Whether you're new to civil litigation or have practiced in this area in the past, having a firm foundation in the basics is essential to your success. Since each case needs special tailoring, your ability to handle the day-to-day issues with ease can really help when you get thrown a curve ball. Do you have a strong enough understanding of the fundamentals to handle whatever situation comes your way?

This comprehensive seminar will give you a good base to start with. Our experienced faculty will share with you their best strategies and techniques for achieving the most favorable outcome possible. After attending, you'll have enhanced methods for selecting the jury that will best support your side of the argument. Give a strong, persuasive delivery with our solid case presentation techniques. Know what your post-trial responsibilities are and how to carry them out in case of an appeal. Develop a reputation for integrity by adhering to strict ethical standards. Don't miss your opportunity to prepare yourself for success in the civil trial courtroom!

    Learn how to practically apply the rules of civil procedure to your case.
    Gain a better understanding of damages in civil litigation.
    Find out the latest court rulings regarding discovery and get advice on how to overcome current e-discovery obstacles.
    Overcome authentication and admissibility challenges.
    Unearth jury pool prejudices, attitudes, biases and values that may affect your case.
    Deliver outstanding opening statements and make your closing arguments memorable.
    Effectively present evidence in order to shore up your case.
    Gain insider's techniques for effective direct and cross-examination.
    Get practical strategies for ethically handling questions of jurors during voir dire.

    How to Settle Before Going to Trial
    How to Effectively Use Pleadings and Motions
    How to Apply the Law of Damages
    How to Apply Rules to Discovery and Evidence
    How to Select the Right Jury
    How to Present Your Civil Case at Trial
    How to Avoid Ethical Pitfalls


HOW TO SETTLE BEFORE GOING TO TRIAL
    9:00 - 9:45, Written by Andrew T. Wampler. Presented by Robert M. Stivers, Jr. in Knoxville and Andrew T. Wampler in Johnson City.
        Negotiating with Insurance Adjusters
        Mediation Tactics
        Settlement Conference Strategies
        Arbitration Procedure and Tips
HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE PLEADINGS AND MOTIONS
    9:45 - 10:30, Written by Joshua R. Walker. Presented by Joshua R. Walker in Knoxville and Eric Reecher in Johnson City.
        Applying State and Federal Rules and Procedure
        Pleading Standards
        Sufficiency of the Complaint
        Complaint Dismissal for Insufficient Pleadings
        When and How to Use Motion to Dismiss
        Motions for Summary Judgment
        Motion in Limine
HOW TO APPLY THE LAW OF DAMAGES
    10:45 - 11:30, Written by Eric Reecher. Presented by Joshua R. Walker in Knoxville and Eric Reecher in Johnson City.
        Types of Damages in Civil Suits
        Quantifying Damages
        Documenting the Extent of the Injury/Damage
        Liens and Subrogation
        Handling Medicare Set-Asides: Calculating Past and Future Medical Expenses/Treatment
        Calculating Non-Economic Damages
        Pain and Suffering
    HOW TO APPLY RULES TO DISCOVERY AND EVIDENCE
    11:30 - 12:15, Written by H. Stephen Gillman. Presented by H. Stephen Gillman in Knoxville and Andrew T. Wampler in Johnson City.
        E-Discovery - Civil Rules and Procedure
        Handling Social Media, E-Mail and Text Messages
        Preservation of Evidence
        Authentication of Evidence
        Determining Admissibility of Evidence
        Hearsay Objections and Exceptions
        Exhibits
        Depositions
        Recent Case Law
HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT JURY
    1:15 - 2:15, Written by Robert M. Stivers, Jr. Presented by Robert M. Stivers, Jr. in Knoxville, and Eric Reecher and Andrew T. Wampler in Johnson City.
        Applying Federal and State Rules
        Preparing for Jury Selection
        Uncovering Cultural/Prejudicial Biases
        FAQs About Jury Instructions
        Making a Connection with Potential Jurors
        Uncovering Attitudes, Biases and Values
        What Jurors are Thinking
        Asking the Right Questions and Active Listening
        Preemptory Challenges and Challenges for Cause
        Jury Surveys and Questionnaires
        Arguing Damages to the Jury
HOW TO PRESENT YOUR CIVIL CASE AT TRIAL
    2:30 - 3:30, Written by Russell Adkins. Presented by Robert M. Stivers, Jr. in Knoxville and Russell Adkins in Johnson City.
        Application of Civil Rules of Procedure
        Effective Opening Statements
        Direct and Cross Examination Procedure and Rules
        Use/Defense of Daubert Motions
        Expert Witness Impeachment
        Introducing Exhibits
        How and When to Make Objections
        Using Rebuttal to Cast Doubt on the Other Side
        Powerful Closing Arguments
HOW TO AVOID ETHICAL PITFALLS
    3:30 - 4:30, Written by H. Stephen Gillman. Presented by H. Stephen Gillman in Knoxville and Russell Adkins in Johnson City.
        Handling Highly Prejudicial Evidence
        Handling Questions of Jurors During Voir Dire
        Talking to Witnesses Before They Testify
        Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
        Social Media: How to Avoid Sanctions

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