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Top-Shelf Advanced Trial Advocacy Course

Preliminary Course Outline
April 3-5, 2019

This course will utilize a fact pattern based upon an actual, complex wrongful death and survival action lawsuit involving multiple expert witnesses testifying to matters of liability and damages. Participants will learn how to select and prepare for direct and cross examinations of various types of forensic experts, how to prepare for trial, how to anticipate and navigate Daubert evidentiary challenges, as well as about additional topics in trial advocacy practice and theory.

Wed., APRIL 3 (Full Day)

  • Preparing the Case and Opening Statements (lecture)
  • Group Reviews of Case File (files distributed in advance of course)
  • Preparing Opening Statements (presentations and group discussion of prepared statements)
  • Opening Statements (with commentary and critique by the faculty)
  • Direct and Cross of Fact Witnesses (lecture)
  • Direct and Cross-Examinations of Fact Witnesses (with commentary and critique by the faculty)
  • Use of Courtroom Technology-Accident Reconstruction (lecture and demonstration)

Thurs., APRIL 4 (Full Day)

  • Introduction to the Expert Witnesses (with commentary by the faculty)
  • Preparing Direct and Cross-Examinations of Expert Witnesses
  • Evidence and Experts (lecture)
  • Direct and Cross-Examinations of Expert Witnesses (with commentary and critique by the faculty)

Friday, APRIL 5 (Mid-afternoon Adjournment)

  • Direct and Cross-Examinations of Expert Witnesses (continued)
  • Closing Arguments and Faculty Commentary
  • Please note that this course plan is subject to change, pending further faculty input.