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This basic-to-intermediate level seminar will provide trial attorneys with practical case presentation skills.

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Join us for an enlightening interactive program that will help you hone your oral arguments into the razor-sharp instrument of justice they're meant to be. (see full course description)

 

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Are You Maximizing Your Persuasion Potential When Presenting the Case at Trial?

At trial the science of discovery and pre-trial work gives way to the art of persuasion. Are you maximizing your case's chances to win with well-structured and articulate opening and closing statements? Join us for an enlightening interactive program that will help you hone your oral arguments into the razor-sharp instrument of justice they're meant to be. Increase the impact of every word through in-depth critique and analysis of real-life cases and collaboration with your colleagues. Enroll today!

  • Gain the judge's view of a perfect case presentation.
  • Hear experienced trial lawyers share their techniques for concise and powerful case introduction in opening statements.
  • Give the decision-makers all the information to make the right choice: learn how to simplify the technical aspects of the case facts.
  • Discover what information NOT to include in your opening and closing statements.
  • Gain helpful strategies for managing the weak points of your case at trial.
  • Practice what you've learned with dynamic exercises and thorough case law analysis.
  • Get experts' guidance on how to deliver a powerful opening statement that will lay the groundwork for success.
  • Don't give the opposition the upper hand: tell your client's story in a compelling manner based on a solid case theory.


Morning Session: Opening Statements

  1. What Judges Do and Do Not Want to Hear in Opening Statements
    9:00 - 9:45, Hon. William Nelson
  2. Tips from the Pros
    9:45 - 10:30, Lisa M. Dillman and Timothy A. Rowe
    • The Function/Goal of Opening Statements
    • Telling the Story (Relaying the Case Theme)
    • Introducing the Parties
    • Introducing the Facts of the Case
    • Asking for Desirable Decision
    • What Information Not to Include
    • Style Pointers, Effective Turns of Speech, “Plot Devices”
  3. Training Exercise 1: work in teams to sort through the facts of sample cases and prepare opening statements
    10:45 - 11:15 , Lisa M. Dillman and Timothy A. Rowe
  4. Opening Statements Presentation
    11:30 - 11:45, Lisa M. Dillman and Timothy A. Rowe
  5. Roundtable Critique of the Presentation and Analysis of the Real-Life Opening Statements
    11:45 - 12:00, Lisa M. Dillman and Timothy A. Rowe

Afternoon Session: Closing Arguments

  1. What Judges Do and Do Not Want to Hear in Closing Statements
    1:00 - 1:45, Hon. William Nelson
  2. Tips from the Pros
    1:45 - 2:30, Lisa M. Dillman and Timothy A. Rowe
    • The Function/Goal of Closing Arguments
    • Reiterating the Case Theme/Story Incorporating Newly Discovered Info
    • Recapping the Facts of the Case
    • Addressing the Weak Points of Your Side of the Case
    • Clarifying What Decision You're Asking for and Why
    • What Information Not to Include
    • Style Pointers
    • Handling Courtroom Surprises
  3. Training Exercise 2: work in teams to incorporate the trial information into the closing statement and put together the summation presentation
    2:45 - 3:15, Lisa M. Dillman and Timothy A. Rowe
  4. Closing Arguments Presentation
    3:15 - 3:45, Lisa M. Dillman and Timothy A. Rowe
  5. Roundtable Critique of the Presentation and Analysis of the Real-Life Closing Arguments
    3:45 - 4:30, Lisa M. Dillman and Timothy A. Rowe

Seminar Summary:

Join us for an enlightening interactive program that will help you hone your oral arguments into the razor-sharp instrument of justice they're meant to be. (see full course description)

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