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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

Location:
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

Speakers
  • 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

Costs

Antitrust and Consumer Law Section

$259.00

Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section

$259.00

Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice

$259.00

Criminal Law and Individual Rigths Section

$259.00

D.C. Bar Members

$269.00

Family Law Section

$259.00

Government Attorney

$279.00

Government Contracts and Litigation Section

$259.00

Intellectual Property Law Section

$259.00

Labor and Employment Law Section

$259.00

Law Practice Management Section

$259.00

Litigation Section

$259.00

Others

$299.00

Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section

$259.00

Tort Law Section

$259.00