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Civil Trial Boot Camp

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Civil Trial Boot Camp

Workshop Description/Agenda

Gain the Benefit of Years of Courtroom Experience with These Case Presentation Techniques

Countless efforts in building a solid case theme and supporting it with admissible evidence are about to crescendo in the all-or-nothing storytelling contest. Are you prepared? Our experienced faculty will help you sidestep etiquette blunders and opponent's objections so that you can deliver your side of the case to the decision-makers with clarity and force. Gain the upper edge with superior trial skills - register today!

  • Know exactly what to bring with you to court and don't forget anything crucial.
  • Avoid a faux pas: know when to sit and when to stand in court.
  • Deliver a compelling opening statement for a favorable first impression.
  • Guide your witnesses in providing persuasive and compelling testimony.
  • Diminish the influence of opposing testimony: know how to limit responses and highlight prior inconsistencies.
  • Identify rules of professional conduct you must abide by in order to avoid trouble.
  • Be persuasive: use easy, inexpensive technology to tell a compelling story.
  • Get tips for structuring a powerful and effective closing argument.


  1. Know Protocol When You Arrive in Court
    10:00 - 11:00, Daniel R. Shulman
    1. What to Bring with You to Court
    2. When to Stand and When to Sit
    3. Avoid Common Mistakes Made by New Attorneys
    4. The Strategies of Seasoned Litigators - Revealed
    5. Jury vs. Bench Trials: What's the Difference?
  2. Select the Right Jury for Your Case
    11:15 - 12:00, James M. Susag
    1. Voir Dire: Know What You're Doing!
    2. FAQs About Jury Questionnaires
    3. Peremptory Challenges and Challenges for Cause
  3. Keys to Powerful Opening Statements
    12:00 - 1:00, James M. Susag
    1. What You're Trying to Accomplish in Your Opening
    2. How to Introduce Your Theme Effectively
    3. Evoking Sympathy and Capturing Interest
    4. Clearly Laying out the Case Plot
    5. Introducing Case Parties and Character Analysis
    6. Introducing Applicable Laws
    7. Tips for Leaving Listeners with a Favorable Impression
  4. Getting the Best Out of Witness Examination
    1:30 - 2:15, Daniel R. Shulman
    1. Direct Examination Techniques
      1. Witness Introduction - Establish Credibility and Qualifications
      2. Clarifying and Structuring
      3. How to Help Your Witness Tell the Story and Emphasize the Strong Parts
      4. Style - Relating to Witness and Jury
      5. Special Tactics for Examining Experts
      6. Redirect Examination
    2. Cross-Examination Methods
      1. How to Prepare for Witnesses' Testimony and Potential Objections
      2. Framing the Questions and Limiting the Response
      3. Prior Inconsistent Statements - The What-for's and the How-to's
      4. Cross-Examining Experts
  5. Ethical Considerations
    2:15 - 3:15, James K. Theisen
    1. Rules of Professional Conduct You Must Follow
    2. Handling Highly Prejudicial Evidence
    3. Talking to Witnesses Before They Testify
    4. Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
    5. Responding to Jurors' Questions During Voir Dire
    6. Candor Toward the Tribunal: Avoid False Statements at all Cost!
  6. Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Exhibits
    3:30 - 4:15, James M. Susag
    1. Common Exhibits and Potential Problems in Their Use
    2. Effective and Dramatic Use of Technology in the Courtroom
    3. When and How to Present Exhibits
    4. Limited Admissibility
    5. Opposing Exhibits - Challenge Admissibility and Minimize Impact
  7. Strong Closing Statements and Jury Instructions
    4:15 - 5:00, James K. Theisen
    1. Goals
    2. Addressing the Other Side's Case and any Weak Points in Your Theory
    3. Last Words and Rebuttal
    4. Crash Course on Jury Instructions

Who Should Attend

This legal course is designed to provide trial attorneys with practical tips on jury selection, courtroom case presentation and witness examination. Paralegals who assist them will also find this program beneficial.

Additional Information

Training Provider: NBI, Inc.

Course Topics: Law Training > Trial Practice

Training Course Summary: Civil Trial Boot Camp

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