Trial Advocacy College: Damages With David Ball, Ph.D.

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Trial Advocacy College: Damages With David Ball, Ph.D. 

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CLE Credits: 22

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October 17, 2013 - October 19, 2013
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
Atlanta, GA

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David Ball’s book David Ball on Damages 3 provides a framework for trial management that puts you in the winning driver’s seat within the first few minutes of a trial and helps you organize your case presentation in the best possible way.

But reading the book is only the beginning: AAJ Education's Trial Advocacy College: Damages with David Ball gives you the opportunity to master the Damages techniques with David himself.

Reinforce David’s techniques through hands-on, interactive workshops. You will learn to craft an opening that will be the centerpiece of your mediations and help you set the tone for an entire trial from the outset, guided by an experienced faculty of trial attorneys and consultants.

The College is not just lectures; it is about applying knowledge in a constructive environment. Attendees are divided into small groups where on-your-feet practice and hands-on guidance from expert practitioners helps you attain mastery level. In particular, you will have the opportunity for a one-on-one advisory session with Dr. Ball, so make sure to bring a case from your current work.

"If you try personal injury cases, this course is a must. I literally saw the light go on in my fellow attorneys' heads, including one who has been trying cases for over 30 years."
—James H. Thompson, Jr., North Kansas City, MO, 36 years in practice

Thursday, October 17


Morning Session
9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Welcome and Introductions

Overview and Elements of an Opening Statement
Rules Development
• The Liability Story (What the Defedant Did)
• Who We’re Suing and Why
• Liability and Causation Undermining
• Harms and Losses
David Ball, NC
Artemis Malekpour, NC

Opening Statement Demonstration

Workshop Introductions (boxed lunch provided)

Afternoon Session
1:00 - 5:00 pm

Opening Statement Workshop

One-on-one case reviews with David Ball

Networking Reception

Friday, October 18

Morning Session
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Welcome and Introductions

Opening Trouble Spots, Continued
David Ball, NC
Artemis Malekpour, NC

Closing Workshop Preparation
David Ball, NC

Opening Statement Workshop (continued)


Afternoon Session
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Opening Statement Workshop (continued)

One-on-one case reviews with David Ball

Saturday, October 19

Morning Session
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Welcome and Introductions

A Hint of the Reptile
David Ball, NC

Wrongful Death Damages
Mary Alice McLarty, TX

Damages Concepts for Closing
• Teaching, Instructions, and Arming the Juror
• Anchoring with Opening Components
• Using Rules, Reasons for Suing, and Undermining in Your Closing
• Harms and Losses Techniques
David Ball, NC

Closing Argument Workshop

One-on-one case reviews with David Ball


Afternoon Session
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Closing Argument Workshop (continued)

One-on-one case reviews with David Ball

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