Get Concrete Trial Skills (and Strategy) From Seasoned Trial Attorneys
Join our veteran attorneys for a day of tactical exchange and take your courtroom skills to the next level. It doesn't matter whether you're plaintiff or defense, seasoned or aspiring; this program will hone your skills and give you the competitive edge. Register today!
- Learn questioning tactics to effectively uncover biases during voir dire.
- Fine tune your opening statements and get practical tips for dealing with case weaknesses.
- Discover pointers for improving your direct examinations and commanding juror attention.
- Uncover techniques for getting - and maintaining - control of witnesses in cross-examination.
- Apply the rules of evidence with precision and minimize the impact of opposing exhibits.
- Get tips for crafting and delivering more powerful and persuasive closing arguments.
All times are shown in Eastern time
- Mastering Jury Selection and Voir Dire
10:00 - 11:00, Robert J. Kasieta
- Strategies that DON'T Work
- Actively Preparing for Voir Dire
- Key Questions That Frame Your Case
- Questioning Tactics That Ferret Out Bias
- Tips and Tricks for Jury Research
- Effectively Using Peremptory Challenges and Challenges for Cause
- Opening Statements: Strategies to Persuade Fact Finders
11:15 - 12:00, James W. Balmer
- The First Few Minutes: Building Favorable Impressions
- Effectively Introduce Your Theme and Case Plot
- Addressing Supporting and Damaging Evidence
- Delicately Introducing Applicable Laws
- How Polished is Too Polished?
- Taking Control of Direct Examination
12:00 - 12:45, James M. Susag
- Witness Introduction - Establish Credibility and Qualifications
- Clarifying and Structuring
- Guide Your Witness to Emphasize the Strong Parts
- Developing and Adjusting Your Style to Relate to the Witness and Jury
- Special Tactics for Examining Experts
- Redirect Examination
- Cross-Examination Tactics for the Savvy Attorney
1:15 - 2:00, Robert J. Kasieta
- Ensuring Proper Preparation
- 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
- Customizing Your Approach for Experts
- Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Exhibits
2:00 - 2:45, James M. Susag
- Common Exhibits and Potential Problems in Their Use
- Effective and Dramatic Use of Technology in the Courtroom
- When and How to Present Exhibits
- Limited Admissibility
- Opposing Exhibits - Challenge Admissibility and Minimize Impact
- Crafting Powerful Closing Statements and Jury Instructions
3:00 - 4:00, Robert J. Kasieta
- Sticking to the Goals of the Case
- Delicately Addressing the Other Side's Weak Points in Your Theory
- Last Words and Rebuttal - Ending on a High Note
- Practical Pointers for Jury Instructions
- Ethical Considerations
4:00 - 5:00, James W. Balmer
- 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 program is designed for attorneys.