Audio CD + Course Book

Civil Trial: Everything You Need to Know.

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

December, 2017

Product ID#:

77400CDRA

Audio + Course Book

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From Event: Civil Trial: Everything You Need to Know., held December 2017.

Program Description

Have you perfected your process of trial procedure into an art of war? In this ultimate guide, you'll learn how to smoothly apply the state and local rules to your case and take your civil courtroom presentation skills to the next level. It doesn't matter whether you're plaintiff or defense, seasoned or aspiring; this complete guide will hone your trial skills and give you the competitive edge. Order today!

Course Content

Day 1

  1. Amendments to State Civil Rules You Need to Know
  2. The New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  3. Insight from a Judge: Applying the Louisiana and Local Rules of Civil Court Procedure to Your Case
  4. Civil Court Judge Pet-Peeves You Need to Know
  5. Pleadings, Persuasive Briefs and Protocol When You Arrive in Court: Practical Pointers
  6. How to Get Your Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out)
  7. When and How to Present Exhibits and Witness Lists: Process, Procedure and Practical Pointers
  8. Creatively Using Motions in Limine in Civil Litigation
  9. Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Research, Precise Juror Questions and Strategic Use of Challenges

Day 2

  1. Influential Opening Statements That Make an Impact
  2. Creative Case Themes: Strategies of Seasoned Litigators
  3. Winning Cross Examination Concepts; Direct Examination; Witness Testimony Techniques
  4. The Art of Civil Trial Objections (and Responses)
  5. Examining Experts: Practically Applying Procedure (and Strategy)
  6. The Tactical Discussion of Damages at Trial: Tips for Winning Over the Judge and/or Jury
  7. Closing Statements That Get Attention; Jury Instructions
  8. Ethical Considerations

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Continuing education credit is not available at this time.
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Agenda / Content Covered

Day 1

  1. Amendments to State Civil Rules You Need to Know
    9:00 - 9:30, Karen M. Dicke
  2. The New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
    9:30 - 10:15, Nicole A. Eichberger
  3. Insight from a Judge: Applying the Louisiana and Local Rules of Civil Court Procedure to Your Case
    10:30 - 11:00, Hon. June B. Darensburg
  4. Civil Court Judge Pet-Peeves You Need to Know
    11:00 - 11:30, Hon. June B. Darensburg
  5. Pleadings, Persuasive Briefs and Protocol When You Arrive in Court: Practical Pointers
    11:30 - 12:15, Andrew L. Kramer
  6. How to Get Your Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out)
    1:15 - 2:00, Andrew L. Kramer
  7. When and How to Present Exhibits and Witness Lists: Process, Procedure and Practical Pointers
    2:00 - 2:45, Karen M. Dicke
  8. Creatively Using Motions in Limine in Civil Litigation
    3:00 - 3:45, Nichole A. Eichberger
  9. Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Research, Precise Juror Questions and Strategic Use of Challenges
    3:45 - 4:30, Kevin J. Christensen

Day 2

  1. Influential Opening Statements That Make an Impact
    9:00 - 9:45, Dorothy L. Tarver
  2. Creative Case Themes: Strategies of Seasoned Litigators
    9:45 - 10:30, Elizabeth L. Gordon
  3. Winning Cross Examination Concepts; Direct Examination; Witness Testimony Techniques
    10:45 - 11:30, Charles O. Taylor
  4. The Art of Civil Trial Objections (and Responses)
    11:30 - 12:15, Richard K. Leefe
  5. Examining Experts: Practically Applying Procedure (and Strategy)
    1:15 - 2:00, Charles O. Taylor
  6. The Tactical Discussion of Damages at Trial: Tips for Winning Over the Judge and/or Jury
    2:00 - 2:30, Charles O. Taylor
  7. Closing Statements That Get Attention; Jury Instructions
    2:45 - 3:30, Kristopher M. Gould
  8. Ethical Considerations
    3:30 - 4:30, Mark Kuss
    1. Rules of Professional Conduct
    2. Handling Highly Prejudicial Evidence
    3. Talking to Witnesses Before They Testify
    4. Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
    5. Responding to Jurors' Questions During Voir Dire
    6. Candor Toward the Tribunal

KEVIN J. CHRISTENSEN is the managing member of Kevin Christensen & Associates, LLC, where he enjoys a broad litigation practice focusing on commercial litigation, maritime law and criminal defense. Mr. Christensen has previously spoken at a multi-day international business law conference in Salzburg, Austria, as well as at several previous National Business Institute seminars. His article "Of Comity: Aerospatiale as Lex Maritima" was published in the premier edition of the Loyola Maritime Law Journal. Mr. Christensen is admitted to the state bars of Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee and Texas, as well as to thirteen federal jurisdictions including the United States Supreme Court. He also is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Fifth Circuit Bar Association, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the New Orleans Bar Association Inn of Court. Mr. Christensen earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his J.D. and L.L.M. degrees from Tulane University School of Law.

HON. JUNE B. DARENSBURG has served as a District Court Judge in the 24th Judicial District Court, presiding over Division C in Jefferson Parish since 2006.

KAREN M. DICKE is a partner of the Los Angeles based law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, working out of the New Orleans office. She has been litigating for more than 17 years in the areas of errors and omissions/professional liability, insurance coverage, employment discrimination, directors' and officers' liability, commercial litigation, and personal injury. Ms. Dicke has lectured to various professionals on legal writing, human resources, insurance law and employment discrimination. She is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Louisiana and Texas, as well as in the state courts of New York, the U.S. Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Dicke earned her B.A. degrees from the University of Washington and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Tulane Law School. She also holds an LL.M. degree in international law (investments, trade, and arbitration) jointly awarded by the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the University of Chile in Santiago de Chile.

NICOLE A. EICHBERGER is a partner in the New Orleans office of Proskauer Rose LLP. She is a member of the firm's Labor and Employment Law Department, the class and collective actions and wage and hour groups and the eDiscovery group. Ms. Eichberger earned her B.A. degree at the University of Virginia and her J.D. degree at Tulane University Law School. She is a member of the American Bar Association and its Labor and Employment Law Section, the FLSA and Employee Benefits Subcommittees, the Management Liaison to the ABA's Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, and the co-chair of Employee Benefits Subcommittee on Fiduciary Subcommittee, and the Federal Bar Association.

ELIZABETH L. GORDON is a partner at Shields | Mott L.L.P. and has been practicing law in Louisiana since 1992. She concentrates in the practice areas of construction law and commercial litigation. Ms. Gordon has experience representing owners, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals in all aspects of construction from construction contract negotiation and drafting, claim drafting and counseling during the construction and resolution of claims through the use of appropriate state or federal courts or before arbitration panels. She has handled these issues against private, local, state and federal agencies. Ms. Gordon has handled state and public law lien claims and federal Miller Act claims. She has also practiced in the areas of oil and gas transactions and litigation, environmental litigation, products liability and mass tort litigation and medical malpractice defense. Ms. Gordon earned her B.S. degree from Tulane University Freeman School of Business and her J.D. degree from Loyola Law School. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Women in Construction.

KRISTOPHER M. GOULD is an attorney in the New Orleans office of Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson, LLP. He represents insurance carriers in first and third party automobile, homeowner, and premises liability lawsuits; insurance coverage disputes; extra contractual and bad faith claims; and workers' compensation claims. Mr. Gould is licensed in Louisiana and North Carolina and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western districts of Louisiana. He is a member of the New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel, New Orleans Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, and Louisiana State Bar Association. Mr. Gould earned his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

ANDREW L. KRAMER is a sole practitioner in New Orleans where he handles a wide range of civil matters. He focuses on litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, and has now become general counsel to several local companies. Mr. Kramer has represented several condominium and commercial property developers in various actions against condominium associations, unit owners, contractors, subcontractors, neighbors and local governments. He also represents plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of personal, commercial and succession cases. Mr. Kramer is a member of the Louisiana State, New York State and American bar associations. Mr. Kramer earned his B.A. degree from Tulane University and his J.D. degree from Tulane University School of Law.

MARK D. KUSS is a sole practitioner in Louisiana, where his main areas of practice are civil litigation, personal injury and domestic law. He has taught at the college level for more than 30 years and is currently teaching at Our Lady of Holy Cross College. He is a member of the Louisiana State and American bar associations. Mr. Kuss earned his B.A. degree from the University of New Orleans, his J.D. degree from Tulane University, his M.A. degree from the University of New Orleans and completed his doctorate at Louisiana State University in 2012.

RICHARD K. LEEFE is a founder and senior partner of the Metairie law firm of Leefe, Gibbs, Sullivan & Dupré, LLC. Since 1974, Mr. Leefe has practiced in the areas of commercial litigation and maritime law. Mr. Leefe has served as an adjunct professor for Loyola College of Law for more than 26 years, and has taught law school courses in evidence, negotiable instruments, and legal research and writing. He also taught American law to Chinese law students in Wuhan, China in 2002. He earned his B.A. degree from Louisiana State University; an L.L.M. degree from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland; and his J.D. degree from Loyola College of Law. Mr. Leefe was elected the 73rd president of the Louisiana State Bar Association and served the 2013-14 term. He is the author of major legal treatises including Louisiana Code of Evidence, Practice Guide, 1st Edition 1990, 2nd Edition 1998 and 3rd Edition 2005 (Lexis Law Publishers).

DOROTHY L. TARVER is a partner with the law firm of Taggart Morton, L.L.C., where she focuses her practice on franchising law, construction litigation, and commercial and business litigation. She has extensive experience in insurance defense litigation in state and federal courts. Ms. Tarver is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court for the Middle, Western and Eastern districts of Louisiana; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. In 2014, she was named as a New Orleans CitiBusiness Leadership in Law Honoree, as well as a New Orleans CitiBusiness Women of the Year Honoree. Ms. Tarver earned her B.A. degree from the University of New Orleans and her J.D. degree from Loyola University School of Law.

CHARLES O. TAYLOR is an attorney in the law firm of Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes, L.L.P., where he practices in the areas of medical malpractice, ERISA, sex discrimination and products liability. He is a frequent lecturer to diverse audiences, including the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, the New Orleans Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Hastings Group, GE Medical Protective Physicians, and Touro Infirmary medical and dental staffs. Mr. Taylor's professional publications include articles in the areas of emergency medicine, tort damages, medical and legal malpractice, as well as HIPAA. He is admitted in Louisiana, all Louisiana federal courts, as well as the U.S. Court of Claims and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Taylor is an adjunct professor of law at the School of Law, Loyola University. He also has taught paralegals at Tulane University College. Mr. Taylor earned his B.A. degree from Virginia Wesleyan College and his J.D. degree from the School of Law at Western New England College. He is a founding member and past chairman of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (Medical Malpractice Section), and is immediate past co-chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association (Medical/Legal Interprofessional Committee) and the Louisiana State Medical Society. Mr. Taylor is a fellow in the Louisiana Bar Foundation and was named one of the top 200 lawyers in New Orleans by New Orleans Magazine and a Leader in the Law by City Business.

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