Audio CD + Course Book

Building Your Civil Litigation Skills

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

March, 2018

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78237CDRA

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  • National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. - 6.00
  • National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.
From Event: Building Your Civil Litigation Skills, held March 2018.

Program Description

What are you willing to do to give your civil cases the best chances for success? The sure path to a favorable outcome - no matter if you're a novice or just need a refresher - is having a rock solid foundation in the basics. You'll never have two cases that are exactly the same, so you need to be able to easily manage the day-to-day issues in case something unusual comes your way. How do your civil trial skills stand up? Are you ready to deal with whatever situation arises?

Learn savvy civil practice skills easily! From the comfort of your desk, you'll get the knowledge you need to select the best jury for your case, deliver a compelling case at trial, knowledgeably handle post-trial issues and keep your practice on an even ethical keel. Order today!

Course Content

  1. How to Settle Before Going to Trial
  2. How to Effectively Use Pleadings and Motions
  3. How to Apply the Law of Damages
  4. How to Apply Rules to Discovery and Evidence
  5. Identifying and Overcoming Juror Bias
  6. How to Present Your Civil Case at Trial
  7. How to Avoid Ethical Pitfalls

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State Credit Approval Expiration
CLE 6.00 CT * 03/23/2020
CLE 7.00 NY * 03/23/2020
CLE 6.00 PA * 03/23/2020

National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 6.00 N - Credit Approval Expiration 03/23/2020 *

National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. HOW TO SETTLE BEFORE GOING TO TRIAL
    9:00 - 9:45, Christopher Pannozzo
    1. Negotiating with Insurance Adjusters
    2. Mediation Tactics
    3. Settlement Conference Strategies
    4. Arbitration Procedure and Tips
  2. HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE PLEADINGS AND MOTIONS
    9:45 - 10:30, Earl K. Cantwell
    1. Applying State and Federal Rules and Procedure
    2. Pleading Standards
    3. Sufficiency of the Complaint
    4. Complaint Dismissal for Insufficient Pleadings
    5. When and How to Use Motion to Dismiss
    6. Motions for Summary Judgment
    7. Motion in Limine
  3. HOW TO APPLY THE LAW OF DAMAGES
    10:45 - 11:30, Michelle M. Parker
    1. Types of Damages in Civil Suits
    2. Quantifying Damages
    3. Documenting the Extent of the Injury/Damage
    4. Liens and Subrogation
    5. Handling Medicare Set-Asides: Calculating Past and Future Medical Expenses/Treatment
    6. Calculating Non-Economic Damages
    7. Pain and Suffering
  4. HOW TO APPLY RULES TO DISCOVERY AND EVIDENCE
    11:30 - 12:15, Michelle M. Parker
    1. E-Discovery - Civil Rules and Procedure
    2. Handling Social Media, E-Mail and Text Messages
    3. Preservation of Evidence
    4. Authentication of Evidence
    5. Determining Admissibility of Evidence
    6. Hearsay Objections and Exceptions
    7. Exhibits
    8. Depositions
    9. Recent Case Law
  5. IDENTIFYING AND OVERCOMING JUROR BIAS
    1:15 - 2:15, Leonard D. Zaccagnino
    1. Building Rapport with the Jury from Day One
    2. How Much Case Information Can You Safely Introduce During Voir Dire?
    3. Bringing to the Surface and Overcoming Juror Biases
    4. Using Open Ended Questions to Get Jurors Talking
    5. Preserving Jury Selection Issues for Appeal
  6. HOW TO PRESENT YOUR CIVIL CASE AT TRIAL
    2:15 - 3:15, Leonard D. Zaccagnino
    1. Application of Civil Rules of Procedure
    2. Effective Opening Statements
    3. Direct and Cross Examination Procedure and Rules
    4. Use/Defense of Daubert Motions
    5. Expert Witness Impeachment
    6. Introducing Exhibits
    7. How and When to Make Objections
    8. Using Rebuttal to Cast Doubt on the Other Side
    9. Powerful Closing Arguments
  7. HOW TO AVOID ETHICAL PITFALLS
    3:30 - 4:30, Earl K. Cantwell
    1. Handling Highly Prejudicial Evidence
    2. Handling Questions of Jurors During Voir Dire
    3. Talking to Witnesses Before They Testify
    4. Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
    5. Social Media: How to Avoid Sanctions

EARL K. CANTWELL is a member of the Buffalo law firm of Hurwitz & Fine, P.C., where he is an accomplished civil litigation attorney with 30 years of experience in state and federal courts. Mr. Cantwell focuses his practice in commercial litigation, including business contract matters, business disputes, real estate claims, securities litigation, business and partnership dissolution, as well as construction litigation. He is a member of the Erie County and the New York State bar associations. Mr. Cantwell earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Canisius College; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan.

CHRISTOPHER PANNOZZO is a partner with the law firm of Shaw & Shaw, P.C., where he practices in the areas of personal injury litigation, general civil litigation, and criminal defense. The majority of his practice is comprised of representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases. Mr. Pannozzo has also participated as an arbitrator on several occasions involving claims for personal injuries. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York College at Oswego; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. Mr. Pannozzo is a member of the Erie County Bar Association; the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Western Regional Affiliate; and the American Association for Justice. He is admitted to practice in the New York state courts, the U.S. Federal Court, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

MICHELLE M. PARKER is the first assistant county attorney in the Erie County Department of Law, where her practice focuses on the defense of personal injury, property damage, workplace safety, and various municipal issues. She was previously a partner in the law firm of Anspach Meeks Ellenberger LLP, where her practice focused on the defense of FELA litigation, professional malpractice, personal injury litigation, insurance coverage, municipal liability, and workplace safety. Ms. Parker is the deputy treasurer for the Bar Association of Erie County, a member of the New York State Bar Association, a director and past president of the Defense Trial Lawyers of WNY, a member of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, and the Women's Bar Association. She earned her B.A. degree from Canisius College and her J.D. degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

LEONARD D. ZACCAGNINO is a senior partner with the law firm of Shaw & Shaw, P.C., in Hamburg, New York, where he practices in the areas of personal injury and general civil litigation; as well as civil, criminal, and trial law. Mr. Zaccagnino has spoken before the Young Lawyers Section of the Erie County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. He is a member of the New York Trial Lawyers Association, the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, the Bar Association of Erie County, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Buffalo Law School, and coaches the trial team at that school. Mr. Zaccagnino earned his B.S. degree from Canisius College and his J.D. degree from Syracuse University.

Please refer to Continuing Education Credit FAQ for general information about seeking credit for your participation in one of our continuing education programs.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

CT CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
03/23/2020
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. It is the opinion of NBI, Inc. that this activity qualifies for up to 6.0 self-study hours toward your annual CLE requirement in Connecticut, including 1.0 self-study hour(s) of ethics/professionalism.


NY CLE: 7.00 Credit Approval Exp
03/23/2020
Includes - Ethics: 1.00, Skills: 6.00
This nontraditional format course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for up to 7.0 credit hours. 6.0 hours can be applied to the Skills requirement and is approved for newly admitted and experienced attorneys. 1.0 hour can be applied toward the ethics and professionalism requirement and is approved for experienced attorneys.


PA CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
03/23/2020
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. This program may qualify for up to 6.0 hours of distance learning credit, including 5.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 1.0 hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse distance learning CLE credit. No more than 6.0 hours of distance learning CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.


National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.

N LA: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
03/23/2020
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This seminar meets the requirements of the Certifying Board for Legal Assistants of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc., for 6.0 hours, including 1.0 ethics, of continuing legal assistant education self-study credit required to maintain the CLA (Certified Legal Assistant) credential.


National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.

N PAR: Credit Approval Exp
03/23/2019
NBI, Inc. is a NFPA approved CLE provider.


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