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Civil Practice and Trial Procedure Update
Voir Dire and Jury Selection Strategies
Opening Statements and Direct Examination
Advanced Discovery Skills
Cross-Examination and Redirect - Focus on Experts and Evidence
CIVIL PRACTICE AND TRIAL PROCEDURE UPDATE 10:00- 10:45, Tracy N. Tool
Significant Rulings and Case Updates
Rethinking Jury Trials: COVID-19 in the Courtroom
Trial Tools: Trending Technology
VOIR DIRE AND JURY SELECTION STRATEGIES 10:45 - 11:45, James M. Susag
Preparing for Jury Selection - Researching Your "Target Audience"
Preparing the Pre-Trial Order
Introducing Your Case During Jury Selection
Bringing to the Surface and Overcoming Juror and Judicial Biases
Peremptory and For-Cause Challenge Tactics
Social Media: Jury Selection, Juror Usage, etc.
"Challenges for Cause" in the Jury Selection Process
What to Include
Length and Style Tactics
OPENING STATEMENTS AND DIRECT EXAMINATION 12:00 - 1:30, James M. Susag
Maximizing the Impact of Opening Statements (Introducing Case Theme and Key Case Parties; Laying out the Sequence of Events; Introducing Supporting and Damaging Evidence; Preparing Judge and Jury to Focus on Specific Elements of Trial Presentation; Opening Techniques That Simply Don't Work, Cutting Out Unnecessary Clutter)
Preparation Tips for Direct Examination (Establishing the Main Theme; Organizing the Order of Testimony; Preparing Witnesses; Formulating Effective Questions)
Areas of Direct Examination (Specific Approaches to Impeachment, Fact Testimony, Expert Testimony, Causation, Liability, Damages, Foundation, etc.)
Persuasive Witness Testimony - How to:
Develop the Story and Make it Interesting
Integrate a Theme
Adjust to the Specific Audience
Limit the Scope
Handle and Introduce Exhibits
Humanize Your Witness
Anticipate and Neutralize Cross-Examination
Is Interim Commentary Allowed? How to Use it Well
ADVANCED DISCOVERY SKILLS 2:00 - 2:45, James M. Susag and Tracy N. Tool
The Use of Social Media as Evidence
Other Important Discovery Issues
CROSS-EXAMINATION AND REDIRECT - FOCUS ON EXPERTS AND EVIDENCE 2:45 - 3:45, Tracy N. Tool
How to Bolster or Attack an Expert's Testimony After Receiving a Daubert Challenge
Advance Uses of Basic Cross-Exam Tools: Bias, Opportunity to Observe, Inconsistency, etc.
Tips for Cross-Examining Difficult Lay Witnesses
Opposing Experts in the Courtroom - Setting Up the Motion to Strike
Advanced Techniques for Getting an Expert Disqualified
Making and Responding to Objections
Redirect Examination - Taking Advantage of the Often-Overlooked Resource
CLOSING ARGUMENT 4:00 - 5:00, James M. Susag and Tracy N. Tool
What to Include
Length and Style Tactics
Use of Pace and Voice Inflection to Emphasize Key Elements
JAMES M. SUSAG is a shareholder with Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd., in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since 1995, his commercial and real estate litigation trial practice has focused on franchise; dealer and contract disputes; and real estate, construction, and land use. He has extensive first chair litigation experience representing clients in numerous jury and court trials, domestic and international arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and appeals. Mr. Susag is a member of the Minnesota State, Hennepin County, and Ramsey County bar associations; the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising; and the International Franchise Association. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th, 4th, and 8th circuits. Mr. Susag earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas; and his J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law.
TRACY N. TOOL is a partner with the law firm of Bye, Goff & Rohde, Ltd., serving Wisconsin and Minnesota. Since 1990, Mr. Tool has focused his practice in the areas of plaintiff's personal injury litigation, nursing home malpractice, wrongful death, employment litigation, and civil rights litigation. He is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial specialist. Mr. Tool earned his B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota and his J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. He is a member of the St. Croix Valley, Ramsey County, and Hennepin County bar associations; and the Wisconsin Association of Justice.
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