Trial Advocacy College: Essentials of Civil Litigation

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Trial Advocacy College: Essentials of Civil Litigation 

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October 7, 2010 - October 10, 2010
University of Tennessee College of Law
Knoxville, TN

Cosponsored by the University of Tennessee College of Law, Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and the Tennessee Association for Justice

28 CLE and NCA credits

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

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
Paul J. Scoptur, WI

Voir Dire:  Deselecting Jurors
• Open-ended questions
• Challenges for cause
• Persuasion in voir dire
Stacey Mullins Garbowit , FL

Winning Techniques from the Beginning:  Storytelling and Theming in Opening Statement
• Preparing “early” for opening statement
• Crafting and weaving the story
• Delivery techniques
Michael Patrick Doyle, TX
 
Developing and Executing a Deposition Plan
• Developing goals for each deposition
• Deciding on approach for questioning
• 30(b)(6) depositions
• Restating and summarizing techniques
Paul J. Scoptur, WI

 Workshop Introductions and Orientation 

 Workshop on Voir Dire/Opening Statement

Networking Reception—Sponsored by the Tennessee Association for Justice

Friday October 8, 2010

Witness Preparation
• Reducing/eliminating witness behaviors that affect credibility
• Dealing with weaknesses in your case
• Anticipating cross-examination 
Charlotte A. Morris, M.A., NC

Direct Examination
• Introduction of exhibits
• Refreshing recollection
• Techniques for controlling the witness (restating, summarizing, asking the reverse cross question)
Michael Patrick Doyle, TX

Cross-Examination of Lay and Expert Witnesses
• Asking about facts, not conclusions
• One fact, one question
• Control techniques
• Impeachment
Paul J. Scoptur, WI

Ethics for Lawyers:  Dealing with the Rambo Litigator
• Associating counsel (referral fees)
• Fees on structured settlements
• Hall v. Clifton Precision Tools
Stacey Mullins Garbowit  , FL

 Workshop on Direct and Cross of Lay Witnesses

Individual Trial Consultant Video Reviews

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cross-Examination of the DME
Michael Patrick Doyle, TX

 Workshop on Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses

Individual Trial Consultant Video Reviews 

Focus Groups:  Insights to Jury Decision Making and Jury Selection
     Moderators:  Charlotte A. Morris, M.A., NC; Paul J. Scoptur, WI
     Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Stacey Mullins Garbowit, FL
     Defense Counsel:  Michael A. Ferrera, Jr., NJ

Evening Colloquium:

Effective Design and Use of Demonstratives/Exhibits
Michael A. Ferrera, Jr., NJ         

Crafting the Closing and Rebuttal Argument
• Incorporating jury instructions
• Inoculating jurors from defense juror arguments and conduct
• Arguing damages
Michael A. Ferrera, Jr., NJ

Sunday, October 10, 2010

 Workshop on Closing Argument and Rebuttal

Individual Trial Consultant Video Reviews

Roundtable Discussions:  Bringing it all Together


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