Advanced Witness Preparation: The Psychology, Tools, and Methods of Bulletproofing and Empowering Witnesses During COVID and Beyond

On Demand

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Part 1: Helping the Bad Witness Get an A+
2:00 - 2:10 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
2:10 - 2:40 p.m.
The Challenges of Zoom vs. In-Person Witness Preparation
  • Bad News vs. Silver Linings of COVID
2:40-3:10 p.m.
What You Must Teach Your Witness About Zoom
  • Making Your Client Virtually Proficient
3:10-3:40 p.m.
How Do the Keys to Successful Preparation Change?
  • The Virtual Attorney-Client Relationship
  • Star Witness Prep System
    • How do some of the Tools and Techniques presented in Harvesting Witnesses’ Stories work effectively, efficiently and effortlessly in virtual as well as “in room” witness preparation?
3:40-3:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Part 2: The Difficult Witness
2:00-2:10 p.m
Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
2:10-2:40 p.m.
Advanced Legal Considerations in Witness Prep
  • Duty to prepare
  • Witness conduct
  • Work product vs. privilege
  • Refreshing recollection
2:40-3:10 p.m
Preparation of Clients Using Case Land Mines, Rebuttals, and Themes
  • Avoiding compromise of the prima facie case
  • Defenses: spoken and unspoken
  • Reframing bad facts
  • Biases – heroes vs. victims
  • Defense exhibits, including medical records
3:10-4:10 p.m.
Advanced Methods for Dealing with Witnesses with Challenges, Problem Witnesses, and Impossible Witnesses
  • Talks too much
  • Can't express emotion
  • In denial
  • Feels guilty
  • Memory problems
  • Crazy
  • Angry
  • Withdrawn
  • Sexually traumatized
  • Brain injured
  • Addiction issues
  • Criminal issues
  • Doesn't speak English
4:10-4:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Part III: Experts - Making Yours Outshine Theirs
2:00-2:10 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
2:10-2:40 p.m.
Who is the Client: Family, Parents, Trustees, Spouses?
  • Who can be present during prep?
  • When is communication privileged?
  • Ethical disclosures
2:40-3:10 p.m
Before and After Witnesses
  • Building damages without plaintiff
  • Avoiding overstatement
  • Making the plaintiff a hero, not a victim
3:10-3:40 p.m.
Law of Expert Deposition Preparation
  • What is privileged?
  • Disclosure: state vs. federal requirements
3:40-4:10 p.m.
Advanced Expert Preparation - What Makes an Expert Extraordinary
  • Evaluating your expert: When is an expert witness persuasive?
  • What every expert should be like and know about testifying
  • Experienced vs. inexperienced witnesses
4:10-4:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks