The role of the paralegal in litigation is an ever-evolving one, particularly in the cost-driven society we live in. Clients want paralegals to do more of the work, and with attorneys taking on larger caseloads, paralegals must certainly play an integral role in preparing a case for trial. This basic-to-intermediate level interactive seminar will lead you through the steps of preparing for trial - from the day you get the file until the final day of trial.
- Learn case management and organization essentials
- Put together a pre-trial action plan
- Learn how to prepare trial exhibits that get results
- Using technology in the courtroom
- The attendee will be able to discuss personality profiling and how to use it.
- The attendee will be able to identify what kind of juror best suits your case.
- The attendee will be able to review the role of the paralegal.
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
I. The Changing Role Of The Paralegal
A. The Law A Cost-Driven Profession And How The Paralegal Factors In
B. Legal Advice And UPL How To Avoid Crossing The Line
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
II. Trial Preparation Day One
A. Setting Up The File For The Long Run
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
A. Gathering Information From Your Client
B. Key Information What To Look For And Where To Find It
C. Interrogatories, Requests For Production, Requests For Admissions And Non-Party Discovery
D. Investigation Interviewing Witnesses
E. Depositions Who To Depose And Why
F. Final Discovery Responses And Requests
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
IV. Managing Trial Preparation Who Has The Time?
A. Organize And Prioritize
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
V. Witness Preparation
A. Preparing Your Witnesses
B. Discrediting Theirs
C. Preparing And Serving Trial Subpoenas
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
VI. Final Trial Preparation
A. Setting Up Your War Room
B. Assembling Courtroom Supplies
C. Organizing Your File For Trial
D. Selecting Exhibits
2. The Computer In The Courtroom
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
VII. Jury Selection
A. The Jury Questionnaire
B. What Kind Of Juror Best Suits Your Case?
C. Personality Profiling And How To Use It
D. Voir Dire And How To Use It
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
VIII. The Paralegal's Role At Trial
A. Know The Court Staff
B. Know The Courtroom
C. Your Role In Note-Taking And Crafting Questions
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
IX. Courtroom Ethics