Building Your Civil Litigation Skills
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Holiday Inn Express Civic Center
100 Civic Center Dr
Charleston, WV 25301
$339 / Each Additional
Registration Includes Course Book
Continuing Legal Education
- WV CLE - 7.20
- NALA - 6.00
Gain the Skills That Are Critical to Success in Civil Litigation
In the high-stakes world of civil litigation, how do you gain the advantage you need when every case is so different? Whether you're new to civil litigation or have practiced in this area in the past, having a firm foundation in the basics is essential to your success. Since each case needs special tailoring, your ability to handle the day-to-day issues with ease can really help when you get thrown a curve ball. Do you have a strong enough understanding of the fundamentals to handle whatever situation comes your way?
This comprehensive seminar will give you a good base to start with. Our experienced faculty will share with you their best strategies and techniques for achieving the most favorable outcome possible. After attending, you'll have enhanced methods for selecting the jury that will best support your side of the argument. Give a strong, persuasive delivery with our solid case presentation techniques. Know what your post-trial responsibilities are and how to carry them out in case of an appeal. Develop a reputation for integrity by adhering to strict ethical standards. Don't miss your opportunity to prepare yourself for success in the civil trial courtroom!
- Learn how to practically apply the rules of civil procedure to your case.
- Gain a better understanding of damages in civil litigation.
- Find out the latest court rulings regarding discovery and get advice on how to overcome current e-discovery obstacles.
- Overcome authentication and admissibility challenges.
- Unearth jury pool prejudices, attitudes, biases and values that may affect your case.
- Deliver outstanding opening statements and make your closing arguments memorable.
- Effectively present evidence in order to shore up your case.
- Gain insider's techniques for effective direct and cross-examination.
- Get practical strategies for ethically handling questions of jurors during voir dire.
Who Should Attend
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed to assist civil litigators and paralegals in increasing their effectiveness in the civil arena.
- How to Settle Before Going to Trial
- How to Effectively Use Pleadings and Motions
- How to Apply the Law of Damages
- How to Apply Rules to Discovery and Evidence
- How to Select the Right Jury
- How to Present Your Civil Case at Trial
- How to Avoid Ethical Pitfalls
Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 7.20 *
National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 6.00 *
National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA
* denotes specialty credits
Agenda / Content Covered
- HOW TO SETTLE BEFORE GOING TO TRIAL
9:00 - 9:45, Written by Christen Justice. Presented by Lindsey M. Saad in Morgantown and Christen Justice in Charleston.
- Negotiating with Insurance Adjusters
- Mediation Tactics
- Settlement Conference Strategies
- Arbitration Procedure and Tips
- HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE PLEADINGS AND MOTIONS
9:45 - 10:30, Written by Lindsey M. Saad and Arie M. Spitz. Presented by Lindsey M. Saad in Morgantown and Arie M. Spitz in Charleston.
- Applying State and Federal Rules and Procedure
- Pleading Standards
- Sufficiency of the Complaint
- Complaint Dismissal for Insufficient Pleadings
- When and How to Use Motion to Dismiss
- Motions for Summary Judgment
- Motion in Limine
- HOW TO APPLY THE LAW OF DAMAGES
10:45 - 11:30, Written by Guy R. Bucci. Presented by Gregory H. Schillace in Morgantown and Guy R. Bucci in Charleston.
- Types of Damages in Civil Suits
- Quantifying Damages
- Documenting the Extent of the Injury/Damage
- Liens and Subrogation
- Handling Medicare Set-Asides: Calculating Past and Future Medical Expenses/Treatment
- Calculating Non-Economic Damages
- Pain and Suffering
- HOW TO APPLY RULES TO DISCOVERY AND EVIDENCE
11:30 - 12:15, Written by Arie M. Spitz. Presented by Travis A. Prince in Morgantown and Arie M. Spitz in Charleston.
- E-Discovery - Civil Rules and Procedure
- Handling Social Media, E-Mail and Text Messages
- Preservation of Evidence
- Authentication of Evidence
- Determining Admissibility of Evidence
- Hearsay Objections and Exceptions
- Recent Case Law
- HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT JURY
1:15 - 2:15, Written by Guy R. Bucci. Presented by Gregory H. Schillace in Morgantown and Guy R. Bucci in Charleston.
- Applying Federal and State Rules
- Preparing for Jury Selection
- Uncovering Cultural/Prejudicial Biases
- FAQs About Jury Instructions
- Making a Connection with Potential Jurors
- Uncovering Attitudes, Biases and Values
- What Jurors are Thinking
- Asking the Right Questions and Active Listening
- Preemptory Challenges and Challenges for Cause
- Jury Surveys and Questionnaires
- Arguing Damages to the Jury
- HOW TO PRESENT YOUR CIVIL CASE AT TRIAL
2:30 - 3:30, Written by Arie M. Spitz. Presented by Gregory H. Schillace in Morgantown and Arie M. Spitz in Charleston.
- Application of Civil Rules of Procedure
- Effective Opening Statements
- Direct and Cross Examination Procedure and Rules
- Use/Defense of Daubert Motions
- Expert Witness Impeachment
- Introducing Exhibits
- How and When to Make Objections
- Using Rebuttal to Cast Doubt on the Other Side
- Powerful Closing Arguments
- HOW TO AVOID ETHICAL PITFALLS
3:30 - 4:30, Written by Arie M. Spitz. Presented by Travis A. Prince in Morgantown and Arie M. Spitz in Charleston.
- Handling Highly Prejudicial Evidence
- Handling Questions of Jurors During Voir Dire
- Talking to Witnesses Before They Testify
- Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
- Social Media: How to Avoid Sanctions
TRAVIS A. PRINCE is an attorney at Bailey Glasser LLP, in Morgantown, focusing his practice on medical malpractice, product liability and catastrophic personal injury cases. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Prince was a law clerk to Judge Thomas H. Keadle in the 26th Judicial Circuit Court of West Virginia. He is a member of the Monongalia County Bar Association and the Harrison County Bar Association. Mr. Prince received his B.A. degree, cum laude, in political science, from Concord University; and his J.D. degree from West Virginia University College of Law. He is admitted to the West Virginia State Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.
LINDSEY M. SAAD is an attorney with Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso, PLLC, in Morgantown, West Virginia. Her practice includes general litigation, long term care litigation and product liability litigation, with a special emphasis in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. She has experience defending lawsuits in multidistrict litigation as well as individual cases pending in state and federal courts. Ms. Saad earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in political and economic philosophy, from Wheeling Jesuit University, and her J.D. degree from West Virginia University College of Law.
GREGORY H. SCHILLACE is the founder of the Schillace Law Office. His practice focuses on consumer law, civil and insurance litigation, trial practice, insurance liability and coverage defense, personal injury, truck and automobile accidents and injuries, nursing home abuse and neglect, slip and fall, professional negligence and malpractice, and wrongful death. Mr. Schillace is admitted to practice in West Virginia and is a member of the American, Harrison County, and the West Virginia State bar associations, as well as the Defense Research Institute and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He earned his B.S.B.A. and J.D. degrees from West Virginia University.February 27 - Charleston
GUY R. BUCCI is an attorney with Hendrickson & Long in Charleston. He devotes his practice to serious and catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases and to commercial and insurance disputes. Mr. Bucci’s body of work and experience includes verdicts and settlements in a wide array of cases against mining, construction and manufacturing industries, as well as representing clients against careless drivers and reckless truck companies, and manufacturers of unsafe products and harmful chemicals. He is admitted to practice law in the state of West Virginia and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Bucci earned his B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. degree from West Virginia University College of Law.
CHRISTEN JUSTICE is an attorney with Kesner & Kesner, PLLC, in Charleston, where she practices primarily in the field of insurance defense litigation. Her previous areas of practice include criminal defense and criminal appellate work. Ms. Justice is a 2006 graduate of West Virginia University and a 2009 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law.
ARIE M. SPITZ is a member of the litigation department of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. He has successfully tried cases on behalf of both defendants and plaintiffs on claims including breach of contract, negligence, products liability, and medical malpractice. Mr. Spitz has successfully represented employers in a wide variety of matters, including claims of deliberate intent, sexual harassment, ERISA benefits coverage, and retaliation claims under the West Virginia Patient Safety Act. His diverse experience, both in terms of the types of cases he handles as well as the clients that he assists, gives him unique insight when it comes to litigating and trying cases. Mr. Spitz has practiced before West Virginia’s federal and state trial courts, as well as the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Illinois and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Penn State.
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