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Honing Your Trial Advocacy Skills

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Honing Your Trial Advocacy Skills

Workshop Description/Agenda

Gain a Competitive Edge

There are many lawyers out there - but few know how to try a case, and even fewer know how to do so effectively. Where do you fall on this spectrum? In this program, seasoned attorneys will share practical tips and techniques that any trial lawyer should know. From pre-trial to jury selection to witness examination and summation, get the skills you need to be successful in the courtroom. Register today!

  • Save clients time and money by resolving the case before trial.
  • Take away the opposing party's ammunition with motions in limine.
  • Avoid trial prep and courtroom protocol mistakes that could leave you embarrassed or scrambling.
  • Identify jurors who are helpful to your case and eliminate those who are not.
  • Capture and keep jurors' attention during your opening statements and summations.
  • Discover how to successfully introduce exhibits into evidence at trial.
  • Learn how to tailor your cross-examination strategies to the witness in question.


  1. Win Before the Trial
    10:00 - 10:30, Thomas E. Brown
    1. Should the Case Be Tried?
    2. Tactics for Effective Settlement Negotiations
    3. Summary Judgment
  2. Strategically Use Motions in Limine
    10:30 - 11:00, Robert J. Kasieta
  3. Avoid Trial Prep and Courtroom Protocol Mistakes
    11:15 - 12:00, Thomas E. Brown
    1. Jury Instructions and Verdict Forms
    2. Pre-Trial Brief
    3. Demonstrative Exhibits and Electronic Visuals
    4. Trial Notebooks
    5. Outlines for Oral Motions
    6. Courtroom Protocol
  4. The Art of Jury (De)Selection
    12:00 - 1:00, Robert J. Kasieta
    1. Juror Profiles and Investigation
    2. Breaking the Ice & Making a Good Impression
    3. Asking the Right Questions
    4. Eliciting Bias and Challenging for Cause
    5. Using Peremptory Strikes Wisely
    6. Hiding and Rehabilitating Your Best Jurors
    7. Theme Introduction and Preconditioning Jurors
    8. Sample Juror Questionnaires
    9. Removals and Replacements
  5. Opening & Closing Statements: Start Strong and End Strong
    1:30 - 2:00, Thomas E. Brown
    1. The Do's and Don'ts
    2. Introducing and Reinforcing Your Theme
    3. Taking Advantage of Persuasive Techniques
    4. Removing the "Sting" of Bad Facts
    5. Anticipating and Attacking Opposing Counsel's Case
    6. Making Your Visual Aids Pop
    7. Weaving it All Together and Motivating Jurors
  6. Exhibits and Direct Examination: Captivate the Jury
    2:00 - 2:45, Daniel R. Shulman
    1. Exhibit and Demonstrative Evidence Problems
    2. Introducing Exhibits Into Evidence at Trial
    3. Creative Tips for Presenting Evidence
    4. Making Witness Testimony More Riveting
    5. Maximizing Witness Credibility
    6. Correcting Errors and Defusing Cross-Examination
    7. Simplifying Expert Evidence and Testimony
  7. The Keys to Effective Cross-Examination
    3:00 - 4:00, Daniel R. Shulman
    1. Substance, Organization and Questioning Techniques
    2. Tailoring the Cross-Examination to the Witness
    3. Emphasizing Areas of Agreement
    4. Revealing Lies, Bias and Impairing Witness Credibility
    5. Impeaching Critical Testimony
    6. Challenging the Opinion of the Expert Witness
    7. Controlling the Difficult Witness
    8. Making and Responding to Objections
  8. Trial Ethics: Uphold Your Responsibilities
    4:00 - 5:00, Robert J. Kasieta
    1. Duties to Clients
    2. Duties to Opposing Party and Counsel
    3. Responsibilities Concerning Third Parties
    4. Obligations to the Court and Legal Process

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for attorneys.

Additional Information

Training Provider: NBI, Inc.

Course Topics: Law Training > Trial Practice

Training Course Summary: Honing Your Trial Advocacy Skills