Trial Advocacy College: Essentials of Civil Litigation Agenda

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Trial Advocacy College: Essentials of Civil Litigation Agenda 

Program Information

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Registration:
Registration Fee: Members – $995
Nonmembers – $1,245

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All cancellations for our programs must be submitted in writing.

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Monday October 7, 2013

Registration (continental breakfast available)
8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session
8:30 am - 12:45 pm

Welcome and Introductions 
 
Developing and Executing a Deposition Plan
• Developing goals for each deposition
• Deciding on approach for questioning
• 30(b)(6) depositions
• Restating and summarizing techniques

Giving Plaintiff Jurors the Facts and Arguments They Need to Prevail in the Jury Room
• Juror perceptions and beliefs
• Techniques for overcoming bias
• Anticipating the defense arguments

Voir Dire:  Deselecting Jurors
• Open-ended questions
• Challenges for cause
• Persuasion in voir dire
   
Winning Techniques from the Beginning:  Storytelling and Putting Together the Framework

Workshop Introductions and Orientation 

Lunch
12:45 - 1:30 pm (boxed lunch available)

Afternoon Session
1:30 - 5:30 pm

 Workshop on Voir Dire/Opening Statement

Networking Reception 
545 - 7:30 pm

Tuesday October 8, 2013

8:00 – 8:30 am   (continental breakfast available)

Morning Session
8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Witness Preparation
• Reducing/eliminating witness behaviors that affect credibility
• Dealing with weaknesses in your case
• Anticipating cross-examination  
     
Direct Examination
• Introduction of exhibits
• Refreshing recollection
• Techniques for controlling the witness (restating, summarizing, asking the reverse cross question)
     
Cross-Examination of Lay and Expert Witnesses
• Asking about facts, not conclusions
• One fact, one question
• Control techniques
• Impeachment

Ethics for Lawyers:  Dealing with the Rambo Litigator
     
Lunch (on your own)
12:15 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session
1:30 - 5:30 pm

 Workshop on Direct and Cross of Lay Witnesses
     
Individual Trial Consultant Video Reviews

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
    
8:00 – 8:30 am   (continental breakfast available)

Morning Session
8:30 am - 12:45 pm

Cross-Examination of the DME
          
Workshop on Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses

Individual Trial Consultant Video Reviews 
    
Lunch (on your own)
12:45 - 2:00 pm

Afternoon Session
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Focus Groups:  Insights to Jury Decision Making and Jury Selection

Evening Session (at the hotel)
6:30 - 8:15 pm
    
Effective Design and Use of Demonstratives/Exhibits

Crafting the Closing and Rebuttal Argument
• Incorporating jury instructions
• Inoculating jurors from defense juror arguments and conduct
• Arguing damages

Thursday, October 10, 2013
     
8:00 – 8:30 am   (continental breakfast available)

Morning Session
8:30 am - 1:30 pm

 Workshop on Closing Argument and Rebuttal
     
Individual Trial Consultant Video Reviews

Roundtable Discussions:  Bringing it all Together
    

CLE Information
Earn approximately 28.25* CLE (including one hour of ethics) 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.

Professional Recognition Programs
Click here to learn more about AAJ's Professional Recognition Programs, Achievement Recognition Program (ARP)  and Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy (ASTA), or call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 8612.

The Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) provides Advocate, Fellow, and Diplomate recognition to AAJ members. To gain ARP credits, submit a certificate of attendance for every seminar, college, and convention you attend.

* Number of credits may vary depending on calculation method used by individual state accreditation agencies. AAJ is a State Bar of California MCLE-approved provider.

 


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