This one-day seminar will provide trial lawyers with the practical information they need to improve their chances of winning at trial, through more effective opening statements and hearsay arguments. Case studies, demonstrations, and in-depth discussions on proven techniques will be used to enhance your learning experience, and ensure you are better able to handle the unique challenges associated with opening statements and hearsay issues.
Topics to be discussed include:
- Re-evaluating tradition in opening statements
- Selecting a point of view in opening statements
- Developing details in opening statements
- Tools of presentation in opening statements
- Hearsay exceptions
9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
I. Sorting The Gems From The Costume Jewelry: Re-Evaluating
Tradition In Opening Statements
II. A Look At Story Structure: Why It Matters
9:20 a.m. - 9:50 a.m
III. Choosing A Story Structure: Chronological, Flash Back, Fast
IV. Selecting A Point Of View
9:50 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
V. Replacing Facts With Scenes
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
VI. Tags, Traits, And Trivia: Developing The Details That Bring A Story
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
VII. Opening Argument vs. Opening Statement: What's The Difference?
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
VIII. The Tools Of Presentation: Voice, Pace, Body, Space
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
IX. Hearsay Exceptions
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
X. Walks Like A Duck, Sounds Like A Duck: Convincing A Judge When
Hearsay Isn't Hearsay