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!
- 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.
- Identify instances when a case should be appealed to a higher court.
- Get practical strategies for ethically handling questions of jurors during voir dire.
- HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT JURY FOR YOUR CASE
Gregory M. Cantwell, 9:00 - 10:30
- Preparing for Jury Selection
- Uncovering Cultural and Prejudicial Biases
- FAQs About Jury Instructions
- Making a Connection With Potential Jurors
- Uncovering Attitudes, Biases and Values that May Impact Your Case
- The Art of Asking the Right Questions
- Importance of Active Listening
- Preemptory Challenges and Challenges for Cause
- Using Jury Surveys and Questionnaires
- HOW TO PRESENT YOUR CASE AT TRIAL
Steven J. Errante, 10:45 - 11:45 and 12:45 - 2:00
- Opening Statements - Effectively Delivering the Burden of Proof
- Effectively Using Evidence to Support Your Case
- Tips and Techniques for Direct Examination
- Successful Cross Examination
- How and When to Make Objections
- Using Rebuttal to Cast Doubt on the Other Side
- Powerful Closing Arguments
- HOW TO HANDLE POST-TRIAL ISSUES
Edward P. Brady, 2:00 - 3:15
- Judgment - Where Do You Go From Here?
- Motions After the Verdict - What is Allowed in Your State?
- Appeals - What Constitutes Requesting a Higher Court's Review?
- HOW TO AVOID COMMON ETHICAL PITFALLS
A. Alan Sheffy, 3:30 - 4:30
- Handling Highly Prejudicial Evidence
- Handling Questions of Jurors During Voir Dire
- Talking to Witnesses Before They Testify
- Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed to assist civil litigators and paralegals in increasing their effectiveness in the civil arena.