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This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed to provide trial attorneys of all levels of experience with practical tips on trial presentation and working with witnesses.

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Would you like to tap into the secrets of veteran litigators and win more cases? Your chance is here! Join us for an engaging study and discussion to gain the skills of experienced courtroom attorneys and practical pointers that you can use during your next trial. (see full course description)

 

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Skillfully present your case in court using tips from the pros!


Would you like to tap into the secrets of veteran litigators and win more cases? Your chance is here! Join us for an engaging study and discussion to gain the skills of experienced courtroom attorneys and practical pointers that you can use during your next trial. Enroll today!



  • Use litigation support service to practice building a sympathetic jury and minimize surprises.

  • Deliver a compelling opening statement for a favorable first impression.

  • Leverage 20 tips that will transform your trial presentation from ordinary to extraordinary.

  • Object to your opponent´s argument without alienating the judge or jury.

  • Time your objections wisely to give them maximum impact.

  • Guide your witnesses in providing persuasive and compelling testimony.

  • Diminish the influence of opposing testimony: know how to limit responses and highlight prior inconsistencies.

  • Be persuasive: use easy, inexpensive technology to tell a compelling story.

  • Learn the five keys to a powerful and effective closing statement.



  1. JURY ANALYSIS AND SELECTION – CHOOSE THE RIGHT AUDIENCE

    8:30 - 9:15 Mark T. Hayden


    1. What Kind of Juror to Look (And Look Out) For

    2. Juror Questions – How to Ask Difficult Questions and Get Truthful Answers

    3. Sample Voir Dire Techniques

    4. Peremptory Challenges and Challenges for Cause

    5. Using Litigation Support Services – Focus Groups, Jury Research Groups, Mock Trial



  2. OPENING STATEMENTS – TELL A COMPELLING STORY

    9:15 - 10:00 Mark T. Hayden


    1. The Purposes of Opening Statement

    2. Communicate Your Theme Effectively

    3. Evoke Emotion and Get the Interest of the Jury From the Beginning – Common Techniques

    4. Clearly Lay Out the Plot of the Case

    5. Identify the Participants and Give Brief Analysis of Their Character

    6. Introduce Applicable Laws

    7. Reinforce Your Case Theme

    8. Leave Listeners With a Favorable Impression



  3. 20 TIPS TO ENHANCE YOUR MASTERY OF THE VERBAL AND NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION IN THE COURTROOM

    10:15 - 11:00 Mark T. Hayden

  4. SKILLFUL USE OF OBJECTIONS FROM JURY SELECTION TO CLOSING ARGUMENT

    11:00 - 11:45 Michael R. Thomas

    1. Preparation

    2. When to Object – Purpose, Evidentiary Basis and Other Tactical Considerations

    3. How to Object

    4. Should You Object During Your Opponent´s Opening Statement and Closing Argument?

    5. Countering Objections



  5. GETTING THE BEST OUT OF WITNESS EXAMINATION

    11:45 - 12:30 D. Jeffrey Ireland


    1. Direct Examination Techniques

      1. Witness Introduction – Establish Credibility and Qualifications in Court

      2. Making the Testimony Clear – Organization and Conversational Manner

      3. Making the Testimony Persuasive – Help the Witness Tell the Story and Emphasize the Strong Parts

      4. Style – Relating to Witness and Jury

      5. Special Considerations in Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses

      6. Redirect Examination

      7. Sample Direct Examination Transcript Analysis



    2. Cross-Examination Methods

      1. How to Prepare for Witnesses´ Testimony and Potential Objections

      2. Organization

      3. Framing the Questions and Limiting the Response

      4. Prior Inconsistent Statements – the What-fors and the How-tos

      5. Specific Techniques for Cross-Examining Expert Witnesses

      6. Sample Direct Examination Transcript Analysis





  6. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

    1:30 - 2:30 Michael R. Thomas

    1. Handling Highly Prejudicial Evidence

    2. Talking to Witnesses Before They Testify

    3. Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest

    4. Responding to Jurors´ Questions During Voir Dire



  7. MAXIMIZE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF YOUR EXHIBITS

    2:45 - 3:30 D. Jeffrey Ireland


    1. Types of Frequently Used Exhibits and Potential Problems in Their Use

    2. Effective and Dramatic Use of Technology in the Courtroom

    3. When and How to Present Exhibits

    4. Limited Admissibility

    5. Opposing Exhibits – Challenge Admissibility and Minimize Impact



  8. CLOSING STATEMENTS AND FINAL JURY INSTRUCTIONS – STEER THE JURY IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

    3:30 - 4:40 D. Jeffrey Ireland


    1. Goals

    2. Organize the Discussion to Focus on Issues, Not People

    3. Address the Other Side´s Case – Not Only Yours

    4. Address Any Weak Points in Your Theory

    5. Last Words and Rebuttal

    6. Style and Delivery

    7. Commonly Asked Questions



Seminar Summary:

Would you like to tap into the secrets of veteran litigators and win more cases? Your chance is here! Join us for an engaging study and discussion to gain the skills of experienced courtroom attorneys and practical pointers that you can use during your next trial. (see full course description)

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