Advanced Witness Prep Workshop with Katherine James and Alan Blumenfeld: Spotting, Diagnosing, and Solving Witness Problems, Issues, and Challenges Agenda

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Advanced Witness Prep Workshop with Katherine James and Alan Blumenfeld: Spotting, Diagnosing, and Solving Witness Problems, Issues, and Challenges Agenda 

Program Information

You can attend your first AAJ Education program at 25% off, if you are an AAJ member & have been admitted to the bar for five years or less. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college). 

AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this seminar and receive 50% off the registration fee if they are employed by and attending with an AAJ plaintiff attorney at the same firm.

Register two or more lawyers from your firm at the same time, and take $70 off the registration fee for each registrant.

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All cancellations for our programs must be submitted in writing.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Registration (Continental Breakfast Available)
8:00 – 9:00 am  

Morning Session
9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Introduction to Witness Preparation
• Abandoning the “lecture” model of witness preparation
• How to tell the difference between a witness symptom and a witness disease
• The importance of building a unique way to approach preparing the needs of each individual

• How to listen to witnesses, read their body language, and encourage trust and
• Active Listening Exercise I
• Active Listening Exercise II

Lunch (on your own)
12:30 – 1:30 pm 

Afternoon Session
1:30 – 5:00 pm 

Processing Modes
• Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
• Importance of figuring out if witness is a primarily visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner
• How to best communicate with individual witnesses and processing styles

Learning Styles
• Test individual learning styles
• Advantages and pitfalls of your learning style when it comes to teaching witnesses
• Identify individual learning styles of your witnesses
• Best practices for common witness issues

Networking Reception
5:00 – 6:00 pm 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Morning Session (Continental Breakfast Available)
8:30 am – 12:30 pm 

• “Form” of deposition
• Special considerations for videotaped depositions
• Identifying and assessing witness “symptoms” in deposition training process
• Identifying and solving “issues” in deposition training process
• Determining how many sessions each witness needs
• “Form” of direct examination
• Learn “Form” of cross-examination
• Costuming for the courtroom
• Special issues in arbitration and bench trials
• Multiple witnesses—efficient preparation model

12:30 – 1:30 pm 
Afternoon Session
1:30 – 3:30 pm 

Expert Witnesses
• Training novice experts
• Handling experienced prima donnas.
Trouble Shooting Individual Witnesses
• Individual witness problems and solutions
• Trouble spots


CLE Information
Earn approximately 13.5* CLE and NCA credits to be applied to your participation in the NCA's Achievement Recognition Program. For more general CLE information consult the CLE coordinator at 800.622.1791, ext. 8612.

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