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BUSINESS TRIAL ACADEMY: Strategy and Execution

(4 MCLE CA Credits)

From 365, 90, or 30 days out from trial through verdict

Trials are stories told by lawyers and witnesses bound by the rules of evidence. Mastery of the laws of evidence and the art of persuasion are what all great trial lawyers have in common.

In this online course, you’ll discover:

  • How to methodically and strategically transition from litigation strategy to a trial strategy
  • How to organize your case for trial, along with the key evidentiary rules to persuasively argue your case
  • How to use opening statements through closing arguments
  • The science of evidence and art of persuasion to present a compelling case to a judge or jury
Enroll Now in Business Trial Academy

EXPERT WITNESS ACADEMY

(4 MCLE CA Credits)

“You only have to be able to evaluate companies within your circle of competence. The size of that circle is not very important; knowing its boundaries, however, is vital.” – Warren Buffett

Expert witnesses almost invariably know more about their subject matter than the lawyers hired to cross-examine them. But expert witnesses are not expert lawyers, and they are not expert cross-examiners.

In this online course, you’ll discover:

  • How to turn your expertise in cross-examination into an advantage even when examining a witness with a superior subject matter expertise
  • The strategies and techniques lawyers use to debunk expert witnesses’ opinions (and how to best prepare for the anticipated attack)
  • Foundational principles of expert witness testimony
  • The use and strategy of hypothetical questions
  • Daubert rules and impeachment strategies
  • How to prepare your own expert witness (and related discovery rules)
  • How to prepare for the cross-examination of adverse expert (including both deposition and trial strategies) 
Enroll Now in Expert Witness Academy

DEPOSITION and SKILLS

(4 MCLE CA Credits)

“If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.”
– Yogi Berra

Depositions are the building blocks for successful trial presentations. Far beyond the mere discovery of facts and collection of admissions, effective depositions lay the groundwork for winning evidentiary battles at both the summary judgment and trial stages of a case.

In this online course, you’ll discover:

  • The questions that establish (or challenge) whether a writing is a business record
  • What makes a hearsay statement admissible
  • What to do to get a motion in limine granted (or denied)
Enroll Now in Deposition Skills Clinic

CALIFORNIA EVIDENCE 101

Gain a Working Understanding of California’s Evidence Code and its Application

Like concert pianists practicing their scales, California litigators must know the Evidence Code and how it’s applied. From Section 1 through 1605, you’ll gain the confidence of knowing what the rules are and how they work. From knowing when to raise a Section 721(b) objection to knowing the pitfalls of an improper custodian of records affidavit, this is a must-take course for all California litigators.

In this online seminar, you’ll learn:

  • The Evidence Code’s application (not just trials)
  • The distinction between preliminary and adjudicative facts
  • The rules for relevance, foundation, and authentication of evidence
  • The rules for opinion testimony
  • The rules for the admissibility of writings
  • The Evidence Code! Front to back! And how it works!
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MASTERING WITNESSES: Direct- and Cross-Examination

Master the witnesses, master the trial

Attorneys have just one tool during witness examinations: questions. Lawyers cannot argue. Lawyers cannot testify. To illuminate what is true to the jury, lawyers are strictly confined to asking questions. And yet great trial lawyers—by mastering both the rules of evidence and the art of rhetoric—have learned to use their one weapon skillfully.

In this live training seminar, you’ll discover:

  • Questioning techniques to make witness testimony clear, memorable, and invulnerable to impeachment
  • How to use documents effectively during trial examinations
  • Techniques and strategies for impeachment
  • First-hand examples of witnesses examination from O.J. Simpson to Enron
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JURY SELECTION and OPENING STATEMENT TRAINING SEMINAR

Voir dire and opening statement: two first impressions

Jury selection is the jury’s first impression of the lawyers, and opening statements are the jury’s first impression of the case. And first impressions are important.

In this live training seminar, you’ll discover:

  • How to present both favorable and persuasive impressions to the jury in a way that lays the groundwork for a successful trial presentation
  • The substantive rules governing both jury selection and opening statements
  • Examples of real-life trials to see what is effective (and not effective) advocacy during these early stages of a case (from Michael Jackson to Martha Stewart)
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HEARSAY and EXCLUSIONS: Mastery in Real-Time

Memory of the rules is step one. Adroitly applying the rules in the heat of trial? That is mastery.

Evidentiary battles during trial are won and lost quickly. Mastering hearsay and other rules of exclusion are among the great trial lawyer’s tools of advocacy.

In this live training seminar, you’ll discover:

  • A more practical way to immediately recognize and apply the hearsay rule (and its exceptions) during the heat of trial
  • How to quickly apply the rules for character evidence, privileges, and other evidentiary exclusions
  • Other tools to confront evidentiary battles with expert competence
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