Civil Trial From Start to Finish
Thursday, February 22, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Hampton Inn- Downtown Salt Lake City
425 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
$339 / Each Additional
Registration Includes Course Book
Continuing Legal Education
- UT CLE - 6.00
Skillfully present your case in court!
Would you like to tap into the real-world know-how of seasoned litigators and win more cases? Your chance is here! Join us for an engaging study of each key step of civil trial to gain the skills of experienced courtroom attorneys and practical pointers that you can use during your next trial. Enroll today!
- Find out how to reveal juror biases in voir dire and pick a favorable jury.
- Deliver a compelling opening statement for a favorable first impression.
- Guide your witnesses in providing persuasive and compelling testimony.
- Find out how and when to object to protect the record or gain momentum.
- Learn how to get your evidence admitted and avoid getting stopped in your tracks by an objection.
- Discover how to conduct a successful cross-examination.
- Learn the keys to an effective closing argument.
Who Should Attend
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed to provide trial attorneys of all levels of experience with practical tips on trial presentation and working with witnesses.
- Jury Analysis and Selection - Choose the Right Audience
- Court Rules and Updates - What You Need to Know
- Opening Statements - Tell a Compelling Story
- Getting the Best Out of Witness Examination
- Skillful Use of Objections from Jury Selection to Closing Argument
- Evidence - Get it Admitted and Present it
- Ethical Considerations
- Closing Statements and Final Jury Instructions - Steer the Jury in the Right Direction
Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *
* denotes specialty credits
Agenda / Content Covered
- JURY ANALYSIS AND SELECTION - CHOOSE THE RIGHT AUDIENCE
9:00 - 9:45, Bruce M. Pritchett
- What Kind of Juror to Look (And Look Out) For
- Juror Questions - How to Ask Difficult Questions and Get Truthful Answers
- Sample Voir Dire Techniques
- Peremptory Challenges and Challenges for Cause
- Using Litigation Support Services - Focus Groups, Jury Research Groups, Mock Trial
- COURT RULES AND UPDATES - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
9:45 - 10:15, Trevor A. Bradford
- OPENING STATEMENTS - TELL A COMPELLING STORY
10:30 - 11:15, Nathan S. Morris
- The Purposes of Opening Statements
- Communicate Your Theme Effectively
- Evoke Emotion and Get the Interest of the Jury from the Beginning - Common Techniques
- Clearly Lay Out the Plot of the Case
- Identify the Participants and Give a Brief Analysis of Their Character
- Introduce Applicable Laws
- Reinforce Your Case Theme
- Leave Listeners With a Favorable Impression
- GETTING THE BEST OUT OF WITNESS EXAMINATION
11:15 - 12:00, Nathan S. Morris
- Direct Examination Techniques
- Witness Introduction - Establish Credibility and Qualifications in Court
- Making the Testimony Clear - Organization and Conversational Manner
- Making the Testimony Persuasive - Help the Witness Tell the Story and Emphasize the Strong Parts
- Style - Relating to Witness and Jury
- Special Considerations in Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses
- Redirect Examination
- Sample Direct Examination Transcript Analysis
- Cross-Examination Methods
- How to Prepare for Witnesses' Testimony and Potential Objections
- Framing the Questions and Limiting the Response
- Prior Inconsistent Statements - the What-fors and the How-tos
- Specific Techniques for Cross-Examining Expert Witnesses
- Sample Cross-Examination Transcript Analysis
- Direct Examination Techniques
- SKILLFUL USE OF OBJECTIONS FROM JURY SELECTION TO CLOSING ARGUMENT
1:00 - 1:30, Christopher R. Hogle and Romaine C. Marshall
- When to Object - Purpose, Evidentiary Basis and Other Tactical Considerations
- How to Object
- Should You Object During Your Opponent's Opening Statement and Closing Argument?
- Countering Objections
- EVIDENCE - GET IT ADMITTED AND PRESENT IT
1:30 - 2:30, John A. Snow
- Using Motions in Limine
- Basics of How to Enter Evidence
- How to Get Different Types of Evidence Admitted at Trial
- Emails, Social Media and Internet Postings
- Evidence Presentation and Demonstrative Evidence
- Using Technology in the Courtroom
- ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
2:45 - 3:45, John A. Snow
- Handling Highly Prejudicial Evidence
- Talking to Witnesses Before They Testify
- Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
- Responding to Jurors' Questions During Voir Dire
- CLOSING STATEMENTS AND FINAL JURY INSTRUCTIONS - STEER THE JURY IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
3:45 - 4:30, Bruce M. Prichett
- Organize the Discussion to Focus on Issues, Not People
- Address the Other Side's Case - Not Only Yours
- Address Any Weak Points in Your Theory
- Last Words and Rebuttal
- Style and Delivery
- Commonly Asked Questions
TREVOR A. BRADFORD is the founder and owner of Bradford Law Group, where his main areas of practice are plaintiff's personal injury, including automobile, slip and fall accidents, and medical malpractice. Mr. Bradford is a member of the Utah State Bar. He earned his B.A. degree from Brigham Young University and his J.D. degree from the University of Montana.
CHRISTOPHER R. HOGLE is a partner with Holland & Hart LLP. He has won cases for his clients through jury and bench trials, arbitrations, settlement negotiations and mediations, and pretrial development of cases. Mr. Hogle quickly grasps client needs and goals, provides clear strategic choices for his clients, and effectively and efficiently executes the approved strategies to achieve successful outcomes. He provides sound counsel on land use and other real estate disputes, as well as represents clients in cases involving commercial contracts, natural resources, condemnation, exaction, development, and real estate purchases. Mr. Hogle is admitted to practice in Utah, and in the following Courts: U.S. District Court, District of Utah; and U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. He is a member of the Salt Lake County Bar Association (member, Executive Committee), and is a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence. Mr. Hogle earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Auburn and his J.D. degree from the University of Utah College of Law.
ROMAINE C. MARSHALL is a partner with Holland & Hart LLP and a litigation and trial attorney in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Marshall serves a variety of client types, from the well-established to the startup, from the locally-owned and operated to the multinational with a determination to solve complex problems effectively and efficiently. He helps clients refine complex technical and legal issues into comprehensive strategies to protect sensitive information, including personally identifiable information. Mr. Marshall is a member of the Utah Bar Association Office of Professional Conduct (Ethics and Disciplinary Committee), the Utah State Bar (Litigation Section), the American Bar Association, and the American Trial Lawyers Association. He is admitted to practice law in Utah. Mr. Marshall earned his B.S. and J.D. degrees from Brigham Young University.
NATHAN S. MORRIS joined Eisenberg Gilchrist & Cutt in 2017. He is an experienced trial attorney with a diverse personal injury practice and a background that includes both plaintiffs and defense work. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Morris enjoys teaching trial advocacy skills and related topics to attorneys. He has been invited to give multiple presentations, locally and nationally, including, “Premises Liability: The Defense Perspective,” and “Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Social Media and Other Complex Issues and Ethical Considerations at Trial.” He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. During his study there he was the moot court chairperson and a member of the UALR Law Review. Until 2015, Mr. Morris was a defense lawyer and board member at Richards Brandt Miler Nelson, where he served as lead counsel in numerous trials including cases for complex canal flooding cases, a catastrophic oil-field injury case which was tried in Wyoming Federal Court, and a two-week medical malpractice case arising from a fatal methadone overdose. His defense experience has given him invaluable insight into the aggressive tactics often employed by insurance companies and corporate America during litigation and when evaluating your claim. This detailed understanding allows him to help navigate your case and maximize your recovery through experience possessed by few other attorneys in Utah.
BRUCE M. PRITCHETT is of counsel with Larson Law where his practice emphasizes tort and insurance law. He has been named to Utah's Legal Elite for the past five years in the areas of civil litigation and/or personal injury. Mr. Pritchett's service for the Utah State Bar includes membership on the Model Utah Jury Instructions subcommittee for insurance law and as CLE director for the Solo & Small Firm Section. He is a silver eagle member of the Utah Association for Justice, where he served on the Legislative Committee. Mr. Pritchett earned his B.A. degree from Brigham Young University and his J.D. degree from the University of Washington.
JOHN A. SNOW is an attorney with Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler, and he has also had an active professional practice in Nevada. Mr. Snow's practice consists of general civil litigation, including commercial, professional malpractice, construction, insurance coverage, and defense. He is the chair of the Utah Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee. Mr. Snow has been designated in The Best Lawyers in America as Lawyer of the Year 2012 in the specialties of litigation, real estate, and construction law. He has also been designated in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of legal malpractice law, commercial litigation, and construction law; designated in Utah Business magazine's Utah Legal Elite in the specialties of business and civil litigation and construction law; and designated as a Super Lawyer in the Mountain States in Super Lawyer Magazine. Mr. Snow is also ranked in Chambers USA for Utah, litigation: general commercial.
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