A Comprehensive Look at Civil Trial Skills
Are you confident you can handle any civil case that comes your way? This comprehensive program will guide you from start to finish through the process with helpful tips and tricks. Gain the knowledge you need to successfully avoid common mistakes attorneys make with proven strategies for voir dire, witness testimony, exhibit presentation and much more. Take your skills to the next level - register today!
- Examine some of the top mistakes attorneys make in voir dire and jury selection and how to avoid them.
- Learn tips for giving the jury a favorable impression after the opening statement.
- Gain insight on ways to assist your witnesses in telling their story and accentuate the compelling parts.
- Explore effective timing and methods for presenting exhibits at trial.
- Discover effective ways to address the opposing counsel's case during closing statements.
All times are shown in Eastern time
- Preparing for Court: Do's and Don'ts
10:00 - 11:00, Daniel R. Shulman
- What to Bring with You to Court
- When to Stand and When to Sit
- Avoid Common Mistakes Made by New Attorneys
- The Strategies of Seasoned Litigators - Revealed
- Jury vs. Bench Trials: What's the Difference?
- Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make
11:00 - 11:45, Sean P. Dwyer
- Select The Right Jury for Your Case
- FAQs about Jury Questionnaires
- Peremptory Challenges and Challenges for Cause
- Powerful Opening Statements: Know What You're Trying to Accomplish
12:00 - 12:45, Sean P. Dwyer
- How to Introduce Your Theme Effectively
- Evoking Sympathy and Capturing Interest
- Clearly Laying out the Case Plot
- Introducing Case Parties and Character Analysis
- Introducing Applicable Laws
- Tips for Leaving Listeners with a Favorable Impression
- Witness Examination and Testimony - Proven Strategies
1:15 - 2:15, Daniel R. Shulman
- Direct Examination Techniques
- Witness Introduction - Establish Credibility and Qualifications
- Clarifying and Structuring
- How to Help Your Witness Tell the Story and Emphasize the Strong Parts
- Style - Relating to Witness and Jury
- Special Tactics for Examining Experts
- Redirect Examination
- Cross-Examination Methods
- How to Prepare for Witnesses' Testimony and Potential Objections
- Framing the Questions and Limiting the Response
- Prior Inconsistent Statements - the What-for's and the How-to's
- Cross-Examining Experts
- Effective and Dramatic Use of Exhibits at Trial
2:15 - 3:00, Drey A. Cooley
- Common Exhibits and Potential Problems in Their Use
- Use of Technology in the Courtroom
- When and How to Present Exhibits
- Limited Admissibility
- Opposing Exhibits - Challenge Admissibility and Minimize Impact
- Compelling Closing Statements and Jury Instructions
3:15 - 4:00, Drey A. Cooley
- Goal-Setting: Do's and Don'ts
- Addressing the Other Side's Case and Any Weak Points in Your Theory
- Last Words and Rebuttal
- Crash Course on Jury Instructions
- Ethical Considerations
4:00 - 5:00, Sean P. Dwyer
- Rules of Professional Conduct You Must Follow
- Handling Highly Prejudicial Evidence
- Talking to Witnesses Before They Testify
- Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
- Responding to Jurors' Questions During Voir Dire
- Candor Toward the Tribunal: Avoid False Statements at All Cost!
This seminar is designed for attorneys. Paralegals may also benefit from attending.