High-Level Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Civil Trial
Have you mastered every angle of civil trials? Are you prepared for the twists and turns that arise? This advanced course will tackle the most challenging and complex issues faced by attorneys including top strategies for conducting jury selection, how to orchestrate captivating opening statements, taking charge of direct and cross examination and much more. Go beyond the basics - register today!
- Discuss the latest changes to the FRCP and FRE and how they affect your civil case.
- Gain valuable tips on developing rapport with the jury.
- Learn how to efficiently address key elements of the case in your opening statements.
- Develop high-level strategies for applying hearsay objections and exceptions.
- Uncover effective methods for getting social media and other ESI evidence authenticated and admitted.
- Master the art of crafting compelling and successful closing arguments.
All times are shown in Eastern time
- Changes to the FRCP and FRE You Need to Know
10:00 - 10:15, Drey A. Cooley
- Voir Dire/Jury Selection: Veteran Tips and Tactics
10:15 - 11:00, Chester A. Isaacson
- Preparation Pointers
- Tips for Developing Rapport with the Jury
- Questions - Exposing Juror Prejudices, Values, etc.
- Dealing with Difficult Jurors (Quiet, Defensive, etc.)
- Spotting Personality Types, Subtle Verbal and Nonverbal Cues
- Advanced Pointers for Introducing Case Information
- Favorable Jurors - Leveraging, Rehabilitating, Protecting
- Peremptory and For-Cause Challenge Tactics
- Technology Tips - Before and During Voir Dire
- Jury Instruction Tips
- Maximizing the Impact of Opening Statements
11:15 - 12:15, Chester A. Isaacson
- Most Effective Styles/Approaches
- Addressing Key Aspects: Case Theme, Key Issues, Parties, Body, etc.
- Cutting Out the Clutter; Less Effective Tactics
- Neutralizing Weaknesses in Your Case
- Plaintiff - Anticipating and Crippling the Defendant's Defenses
- Sophisticated Strategies for Defense Attorneys
- Effective Use of Visual Aids in Your Opening
- Mistakes That Diminish the Weight of Opening Statements
- Effectively Applying the Rules of Evidence at Trial
12:45 - 1:45, Drey A. Cooley
- Relevancy and the Exclusion of Relevant Evidence
- Foundation Pitfalls
- Applying Hearsay Objections and Exceptions
- Character Evidence
- Social Media, Smart Phone Evidence, Other ESI: Authentication and Admissibility
- Best Evidence Rule
- Creatively Using Motions in Limine and Evidentiary Objections (w/Samples)
- Sophisticated Direct and Cross-Examination Strategies - Focus on Experts and Evidence
1:45 - 3:00, Daniel R. Shulman
- Direct and Redirect Examination: Effective Execution
- Planning; Preparation
- Powerful Approaches to Different Areas of Direct Examination
- Deftly Addressing Weaknesses
- Anticipating and Neutralizing Cross-Examination
- Handling Surprises, Trouble Witnesses, Other Issues
- Rehabilitating Witnesses - Redirect Examination Tactics
- Advanced Cross-Examination Tactics
- Planning; Preparation Pointers
- Sophisticated Questioning Techniques
- Advanced Uses of Cross-Exam Tools and Psychological Theories
- Controlling Difficult, Evasive Witnesses
- Dealing with Mistaken or Dishonest Witnesses
- Setting Traps for the Witness
- Keys to Successful Impeachment
- Avoiding Mistakes with Devastating Consequences
- Making and Responding to Objections during Examination
- Closing Arguments That Get Attention
3:15 - 4:00, Daniel R. Shulman
- Veteran Tips for Crafting Compelling, Winning Closing Arguments
- Addressing Weak Points in Your Case - and Theirs
- Tactics That Just Don't Work
- Addressing Liability, Damages, Other Aspects: Advanced Pointers
- Legal Ethics for Trial Lawyers
4:00 - 5:00, Chester A. Isaacson
- Ethics of Social Media: Jury Research and More
- Candor with the Court; Client Confidentiality
- Witness Preparation and Examination - Ethical Considerations
- Courtroom Civility
This course is designed for attorneys. Paralegals may also benefit from attending.