Audio CD + Course Book

Civil Trial From Start to Finish

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

December, 2017

Product ID#:

78059CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • CT CLE - 6.00
From Event: Civil Trial From Start to Finish, held December 2017.

Program Description

Would you like to tap into the real-world know-how of seasoned litigators and win more cases? Your chance is here! This guide will provide you with skills of experienced courtroom attorneys and practical pointers that you can use during your next trial. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Jury Analysis and Selection - Choose the Right Audience
  2. Court Rules and Updates - What You Need to Know
  3. Opening Statements - Tell a Compelling Story
  4. Evidence - Get it Admitted and Present it
  5. Skillful Use of Objections from Jury Selection to Closing Argument
  6. Getting the Best Out of Witness Examination
  7. Ethical Considerations
  8. Closing Statements and Final Jury Instructions - Steer the Jury in the Right Direction

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 CT - Credit Approval Expiration 12/14/2019 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. JURY ANALYSIS AND SELECTION - CHOOSE THE RIGHT AUDIENCE
    9:00 - 9:30, Christopher P. Kriesen
    1. What Kind of Juror to Look (And Look Out) For
    2. Juror Questions - How to Ask Difficult Questions and Get Truthful Answers
    3. Sample Voir Dire Techniques
    4. Peremptory Challenges and Challenges for Cause
    5. Using Litigation Support Services - Focus Groups, Jury Research Groups, Mock Trial
  2. COURT RULES AND UPDATES - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
    9:30 - 10:30, Steven J. Errante
  3. OPENING STATEMENTS - TELL A COMPELLING STORY
    10:45 - 12:00, Christopher P. Kriesen
    1. The Purposes of Opening Statements
    2. Communicate Your Theme Effectively
    3. Evoke Emotion and Get the Interest of the Jury from the Beginning - Common Techniques
    4. Clearly Lay Out the Plot of the Case
    5. Identify the Participants and Give a Brief Analysis of Their Character
    6. Introduce Applicable Laws
    7. Reinforce Your Case Theme
    8. Leave Listeners With a Favorable Impression
  4. EVIDENCE - GET IT ADMITTED AND PRESENT IT
    1:00 - 1:30, Patrick Tomasiewicz
    1. Using Motions in Limine
    2. Basics of How to Enter Evidence
    3. How to Get Different Types of Evidence Admitted at Trial
    4. Emails, Social Media and Internet Postings
    5. Evidence Presentation and Demonstrative Evidence
    6. Using Technology in the Courtroom
  5. SKILLFUL USE OF OBJECTIONS FROM JURY SELECTION TO CLOSING ARGUMENT
    1:30 - 2:00, Steven J. Errante
    1. Preparation
    2. When to Object - Purpose, Evidentiary Basis and Other Tactical Considerations
    3. How to Object
    4. Should You Object During Your Opponent's Opening Statement and Closing Argument?
    5. Countering Objections
  6. GETTING THE BEST OUT OF WITNESS EXAMINATION
    2:00 - 2:30, Patrick Tomasiewicz
    1. Direct Examination Techniques
      1. Witness Introduction - Establish Credibility and Qualifications in Court
      2. Making the Testimony Clear - Organization and Conversational Manner
      3. Making the Testimony Persuasive - Help the Witness Tell the Story and Emphasize the Strong Parts
      4. Style - Relating to Witness and Jury
      5. Special Considerations in Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses
      6. Redirect Examination
      7. Sample Direct Examination Transcript Analysis
    2. Cross-Examination Methods
      1. How to Prepare for Witnesses' Testimony and Potential Objections
      2. Organization
      3. Framing the Questions and Limiting the Response
      4. Prior Inconsistent Statements - the What-fors and the How-tos
      5. Specific Techniques for Cross-Examining Expert Witnesses
      6. Sample Cross-Examination Transcript Analysis
  7. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
    2:45 - 3:45, Steven J. Errante
    1. Handling Highly Prejudicial Evidence
    2. Talking to Witnesses Before They Testify
    3. Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
    4. Responding to Jurors' Questions During Voir Dire
  8. CLOSING STATEMENTS AND FINAL JURY INSTRUCTIONS - STEER THE JURY IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
    3:45 - 4:30, Christopher P. Kriesen
    1. Goals
    2. Organize the Discussion to Focus on Issues, Not People
    3. Address the Other Side's Case - Not Only Yours
    4. Address Any Weak Points in Your Theory
    5. Last Words and Rebuttal
    6. Style and Delivery
    7. Commonly Asked Questions

STEVEN J. ERRANTE is a partner in the New Haven law firm of Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, P.C., where his practice is devoted to civil litigation with a special emphasis on personal injury. He served as an adjunct professor of legal studies at the University of New Haven and is currently an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac School of Law. Mr. Errante is editor-at-large of the Connecticut Bar Journal. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Hofstra University and his J.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Errante is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association (member, House of Delegates and member, Executive Committee of the Litigation Section). He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the New York Trial Lawyers Association and The Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

CHRISTOPHER P. KRIESEN is the founder and principal of Kalon Law Firm, LLC, where he practices in the area of civil litigation. Mr. Kriesen received his B.S. degree, cum laude, from Villanova University; his J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law; and his M.A. degree from Trinity College-Harford. He received his Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate and his LEAD Certificate: Corporate Innovation (Learn Engage Accelerate Disrupt), Intellectual Contribution Award in Critical Analytical Thinking Class from Stanford University. Mr. Kriesen received his Other: “Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen” from HBX/Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Yale Humanist Community, DRI (Defense Research Institute), Zen Mountain Monastery, Connecticut Bar Foundation, Oliver Ellsworth American Inn of Court, Connecticut Bar Association and the Holt Elwell Memorial Foundation. Mr. Kriesen is admitted to practice in Connecticut and the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut.

PATRICK TOMASIEWICZ is the owner and principal partner of Fazzano &Tomasiewicz, a firm specializing in criminal and civil litigation located in Hartford, Connecticut, where he has been in private practice for more than 30 years after graduating from the University of Bridgeport School of Law. Mr. Tomasiewicz is admitted to practice and has been involved in cases in the Connecticut state and federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Supreme Court. His professional memberships include the Hartford County Bar Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Civil Justice Foundation, and the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He also serves as counsel for the Fraternal Order of Police, Hartford Chapter. Since 2004, Mr. Tomasiewicz has maintained certification with the National Board of Trial Advocacy in civil litigation. He has been honored since 2007 as a Connecticut Super Lawyer and as a New England Super Lawyer. He is currently the treasurer for the Hartford County Bar Association and has also been elected to the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. Besides his commitment to the firm, Mr. Tomasiewicz has written a chapter in the 2016 compendium, Connecticut Criminal Procedure (Chapter 5, "Jeopardy, Pre-Arrest Delay, Speedy Trial, and Prosecutorial Discretion"). He has lectured individually and participated in panels before members of the HCBA and CTLA on the following topics: "Ten Most Wanted Pieces of Evidence," "The Hearsay Rule and Exceptions: Friend or Foe," "What You Want to Know About Depositions," "Courthouse Practice and Procedure," and "Panel Voir Dire." He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford in their legal studies program teaching criminal law and professional ethics. Mr. Tomasiewicz has also served as an instructor in the Laborers-AGC Apprenticeship Law class in Chicago, Illinois.

 

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Continuing Legal Education

CT CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
12/14/2019
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
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