Audio CD + Course Book

Advanced Trial Tactics

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

April, 2018

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • WV CLE - 7.20
From Event: Advanced Trial Tactics, held April 2018.

Program Description

Have you perfected your process of trial preparation into an art of war? Are you getting all you can out of the opportunities witnesses and opposing counsel let slip during trial? Do your juries leave the courtroom wanting to reach the verdict that you've clearly stated you want? Take your courtroom presentation skills to the next level of excellence with this strategic guide. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Voir Dire and Jury Selection Strategies
  2. Opening Statements and Direct Examination
  3. Cross-Examination and Redirect - Focus on Experts and Evidence
  4. Effective Exhibits and Courtroom Technology
  5. Summations and Jury Instructions
  6. Roundtable Discussion

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 7.20 WV - Credit Approval Expiration 04/12/2020

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

    9:00 - 10:30, Robert G. McCoid
    1. Preparing for Jury Selection - Researching Your "Target Audience"
    2. Introducing Your Case During Jury Selection
    3. Bringing to the Surface and Overcoming Juror and Judicial Biases
    4. Reading the Vital Non-Verbal Signals Jurors are Sending
    5. Peremptory and For-Cause Challenge Tactics
    10:45 - 12:00, Gail W. Kahle
    1. Maximizing the Impact of Opening Statements
    2. Preparation Tips for Direct Examination
    3. Areas of Direct Examination
    4. Persuasive Witness Testimony - How to:
      1. Develop the Story and Make it Interesting
      2. Integrate a Theme
      3. Adjust to the Specific Audience
      4. Limit the Scope
      5. Handle and Introduce Exhibits
      6. Authenticate Documents
      7. Humanize Your Witness
      8. Anticipate and Neutralize Cross-Examination
    5. Is Interim Commentary Allowed? How to Use it Well
    1:00 - 2:15, Jenna H. Perkins
    1. Advanced Uses of Basic Cross-Exam Tools: Bias, Opportunity to Observe, Inconsistency, etc.
    2. Tips for Cross-Examining Difficult Lay Witnesses
    3. Opposing Experts in the Courtroom - Setting Up the Motion to Strike
      1. Timing/Sequence
      2. Phrasing
      3. Detailed Facts
      4. Psychological Components
      5. Advanced Techniques for Getting an Expert Disqualified
    4. Making and Responding to Objections
    5. Relevancy Issues
    6. Addressing Hearsay
    7. Redirect Examination - Taking Advantage of the Often-Overlooked Resource
    2:30 - 3:30, L. Richard Walker
    1. Overcoming Fear and Confronting Technology
    2. Preparing for the Digital Trial
      1. Digital Case Storage and Organization
      2. Authentication of Documents
      3. Document/Exhibit Organization
      4. Preparing the Courtroom and Conditioning the Jury
      5. Blending Technology Use Into Your Presentation for Seamless Delivery
    3. Choosing the Right Method and Form of Exhibit
    4. Does Each of Your Exhibits Pass the 8-Point Test?
    5. What Can the Opposing Counsel do With the Evidence I Introduce?
    6. Video Depositions (Prior Testimony)
      1. Advantages and Pitfalls
      2. When to Use
      3. Rules of Completeness
      4. Objections
      5. Fairness
    3:30 - 4:30, Robert G. McCoid
    1. What to Include
    2. Length and Style Tactics
    3. Use of Pace and Voice Inflection to Emphasize Key Elements
    4. Addressing the Weak Points of the Case
    5. The Verdict Sheet/Jury Instructions - Clearly Asking for What You Want

GAIL W. KAHLE is the principal attorney of the Law Office of Gail W. Kahle in Wheeling. Mr. Kahle has more than 25 years of legal experience and practices in the areas of civil litigation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and estate planning. He currently holds a position as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ohio County West Virginia. Mr. Kahle has successfully acted as lead counsel in dozens of jury trials across the entire state of West Virginia. He formerly served on the Board of Governors of the West Virginia State Bar. Since 2010 he has been a part of a training team educating police, victim advocates and prosecutors in proper response to domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault. In 2015, Mr. Kahle was the recipient of the Purple Ribbon award from the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence for his efforts in advocacy for victim of crimes of domestic violence. He earned his B.A. degree from West Liberty State College and his J.D. degree from West Virginia University.

ROBERT G. McCOID is a partner with McCamic, Sacco & McCoid, PLLC. He is an intense litigator with 20 years of trial and courtroom experience, concentrating heavily in criminal defense and civil rights matters rooted in excessive force and unlawful arrests. Mr. McCoid has successfully defended a dozen murder indictments and dozens of serious felonies, including sexual assaults, robberies, gun offenses, malicious wounding, and drug possession and distribution conspiracies in state and federal courts throughout West Virginia. He also has defended hundreds of DUI, simple batteries, and domestic assault cases. Mr. McCoid's civil practice is concentrated on civil rights claims for excessive force usually associated with unlawful arrests. He also litigates, and has been qualified as an expert witness in, post-conviction state habeas corpus proceedings. Mr. McCoid is admitted to practice in West Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of West Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has spoken at seminars dealing with his areas of practice and is a past adjunct professor at Wheeling Jesuit University and West Virginia Northern Community College. Mr. McCoid is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense, and West Virginia DUI Defense Lawyers Association. He earned his B.A. degree from The American University, School of Public Affairs, and his J.D. degree from West Virginia University College of Law.

JENNA H. PERKINS a resident partner in the Wheeling, West Virginia office of Rawle & Henderson, LLP. She has more than 20 years of litigation and trial experience. Ms. Perkins represents individuals and businesses in defense of automobile/commercial vehicle, work injury, oil and gas industry, medical malpractice, toxic torts, product liability, construction defects, and premises liability claims. She has successfully litigated and tried to verdict a variety of civil and criminal cases in the state and federal courts of West Virginia. Ms. Perkins also serves as a Crimes Against Children assistant prosecuting attorney for Ohio County, West Virginia. She is admitted to practice in West Virginia and the U.S. District Courts, Southern and Northern districts of West Virginia. Ms. Perkins is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, The West Virginia State Bar, and the American and Ohio County bar associations. She earned her B.S. degree, cum laude, from West Liberty State College and her J.D. degree from the West Virginia University College of Law.

L. RICHARD WALKER serves as a senior litigator in the Federal Public Defender Office Northern District of West Virginia in Clarksburg. His practice is dedicated to criminal defense, including trial work before the federal district court and appeals, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to joining the Federal Public Defender Office Northern District of West Virginia, Mr. Walker worked in Miami as an associate for the firm Black, Srebnick, Kornspam & Stumpf, which specializes in the defense of high-profile and complex criminal cases throughout the U.S. He is admitted to practice in Florida, the District of Columbia, and West Virginia. Mr. Walker is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, and his J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

WV CLE: 7.20 Credit Approval Exp
This program may qualify for up to 7.2 hours of self-study credit, which includes 0.0 hour of self-study ethics credit, under the West Virginia Rules for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. No more than 12.0 hours of self-study CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.

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