Civil Trial From Start to Finish
Skillfully present your case in court!
Would you like to tap into the real-world know-how of seasoned litigators and win more cases? Your chance is here! Join us for an engaging study of each key step of civil trial to gain the skills of experienced courtroom attorneys and practical pointers that you can use during your next trial. Enroll today!
- Find out how to reveal juror biases in voir dire and pick a favorable jury.
- Deliver a compelling opening statement for a favorable first impression.
- Learn how to get your evidence admitted and avoid getting stopped in your tracks by an objection.
- Find out how and when to object to protect the record or gain momentum.
- Guide your witnesses in providing persuasive and compelling testimony.
- Discover how to conduct a successful cross-examination.
- Learn the keys to an effective closing argument.
- JURY ANALYSIS AND SELECTION - CHOOSE THE RIGHT AUDIENCE
9:00 - 10:00, Patrick A. Ferris
- What Kind of Juror to Look (And Look Out) For
- Juror Questions - How to Ask Difficult Questions and Get Truthful Answers
- Sample Voir Dire Techniques
- Peremptory Challenges and Challenges for Cause
- Using Litigation Support Services - Focus Groups, Jury Research Groups, Mock Trial
- OPENING STATEMENTS - TELL A COMPELLING STORY
10:00 - 10:45, Paul D. Bekman
- The Purposes of Opening Statements
- Communicate Your Theme Effectively
- Evoke Emotion and Get the Interest of the Jury from the Beginning - Common Techniques
- Clearly Lay Out the Plot of the Case
- Identify the Participants and Give a Brief Analysis of Their Character
- Introduce Applicable Laws
- Reinforce Your Case Theme
- Leave Listeners With a Favorable Impression
- EVIDENCE - GET IT ADMITTED AND PRESENT IT
11:00 - 12:00, Patrick A. Ferris
- Using Motions in Limine
- Basics of How to Enter Evidence
- How to Get Different Types of Evidence Admitted at Trial
- Emails, Social Media and Internet Postings
- Evidence Presentation and Demonstrative Evidence
- Using Technology in the Courtroom
- ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
1:00 - 2:00, Nathaniel Fick
- Handling Highly Prejudicial Evidence
- Talking to Witnesses Before They Testify
- Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
- Responding to Jurors' Questions During Voir Dire
- SKILLFUL USE OF OBJECTIONS FROM JURY SELECTION TO CLOSING ARGUMENT
2:15 - 2:45, Michael J. Winkelman
- When to Object - Purpose, Evidentiary Basis and Other Tactical Considerations
- How to Object
- Should You Object During Your Opponent's Opening Statement and Closing Argument?
- Countering Objections
- GETTING THE BEST OUT OF WITNESS EXAMINATION
3:00 - 3:45, Ellen B. Flynn
- Direct Examination Techniques
- Witness Introduction - Establish Credibility and Qualifications in Court
- Making the Testimony Clear - Organization and Conversational Manner
- Making the Testimony Persuasive - Help the Witness Tell the Story and Emphasize the Strong Parts
- Style - Relating to Witness and Jury
- Special Considerations in Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses
- Redirect Examination
- Sample Direct Examination Transcript Analysis
- Cross-Examination Methods
- How to Prepare for Witnesses' Testimony and Potential Objections
- Framing the Questions and Limiting the Response
- Prior Inconsistent Statements - The What-Fors and the How-Tos
- Specific Techniques for Cross-Examining Expert Witnesses
- Sample Cross-Examination Transcript Analysis
- CLOSING STATEMENTS AND FINAL JURY INSTRUCTIONS - STEER THE JURY IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
3:45 - 4:30, Paul D. Bekman
- Organize the Discussion to Focus on Issues, Not People
- Address the Other Side's Case - Not Only Yours
- Address Any Weak Points in Your Theory
- Last Words and Rebuttal
- Style and Delivery
- Commonly Asked Questions
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