SERIES: Essential Trial Skills Series (February 5, 19, 26 and snow date: March 12)

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:15 pm

CLE Credit: Yes

Event Description
Credit: 12.0 Total Credit Hours, 3 hours per Session

Description: This series is a great introduc­tion to and overview of the trial skills a law­yer must possess in the courtroom. From jury selection and opening statements to witness preparation, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing arguments, this class will help you become more effec­tive in court. The series includes lectures, discussions, and demonstrations emphasiz­ing the rules, practices, and procedures in local and federal courts in the Washington metropolitan area. Both civil and criminal trial considerations will be discussed.


Part 1: Jury Selection (February 5) This session will examine the process and procedures of jury selection, including learn­ing the composition of the jury pool, peremptory strikes, and using jury selection services. Faculty: Paulette Chapman, Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P.; Janet Mitchell, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia; Dwight Murray, Jordan Coyne & Savits LLP (retired)


Part 2: Opening Statements and Closing Arguments (February 12)

Start out right and finish strong at your next trial. This session will look at opening and closing arguments from several key perspec­tives, including preparation, presentation, and objections. Faculty: Linda M. Correia, Webster, Fredrickson, Correia & Puth, PLLC; Michael F. Williams, Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Part 3: Witness Preparation and Direct Examination (February 19)

Well-prepared witnesses and persuasive direct examinations (or lack thereof) can make or break your case at trial. This program will cover the vital task of preparing your witness­es to testify credibly at trial. It also will exam­ine techniques and strategies for effective direct examination, maximizing your witness' potential and minimizing his or her weaknesses. Faculty: Patrick J. Coyne, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP; Sara E. Kropf, Baker Botts LLP; Catherine D. Bertram, Regan Zambri & Long, PLLC


Part 4: Cross-Examination (February 26)

This session will teach you how to use cross-examination to tell your story, to control the witness, and to impeach the witness. The class is useful to attorneys who have yet to cross-examine a witness, as well as to practi­tioners who have a modest level of trial experience. It will delve into the objectives, strate­gies, tactics, mechanics, and legal principles governing effective cross-examination. Faculty: Patrick J. Attridge, King & Attridge; L. Barrett Boss, Cozen O'Connor


Fee: Entire Series: $259 Cosponsoring Section Members; $269 D.C. Bar Members; $279 Government Attorneys; $299 Others. Individual Sessions: $89 Cosponsoring Section Members; $99 D.C. Bar Members; $109 Government Attorneys; $129 Others

D.C. Bar Conference Center
1101 K Street NW
(Nearest Metro Stop: Metro Center 12th Street)
Washington DC 20005

Contact Information
CLE Program
Phone: 202-626-3488
Fax: 202-942-9750

  • Patrick Attridge, King & Attridge

  • Catherine Bertram, Williams Bertram PLLC

  • L. Barrett (Barry) Boss, Cozen O'Connor, PC

  • Paulette Chapman, Koonz McKenney Johnson DePaolis & Lightfoot

  • Linda Correia, Webster Fredrickson Correia & Puth PLLC

  • Patrick Coyne, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP

  • Sara Kropf, Law Office of Sara Kropf PLLC

  • Janet Mitchell, Public Defender Service for the District Of Columbia

  • Dwight Murray, Jordan, Coyne & Savits

  • Michael Williams, Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Antitrust and Consumer Law Section


Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section


Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice


Criminal Law and Individual Rigths Section


D.C. Bar Members


Family Law Section


Government Attorney


Government Contracts and Litigation Section


Intellectual Property Law Section


Labor and Employment Law Section


Law Practice Management Section


Litigation Section




Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section


Tort Law Section