4 - 6
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 08:30 to Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 13:15
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Trial Skills Workshop I: Advocacy Strategies & Skills to Maximize the Use of Experts

Austin, Texas


The Trial Skills Workshops are new two and a half day programs that center upon specific components of criminal trial litigation. This first iteration focuses on expert testimony.  The skills targeted include:  (1) Identifying & screening experts to support the theory of the case, with practical workshops on screening, interviewing, records collection and qualifying the experts to testify; (2) Understanding competency procedurally and strategically, including the strengths and pitfalls of  diagnostic modalities; (3) Effective use of the Federal Rules of Evidence to make sure that your experts are qualified and the reports and documents that further your theory are admitted into the record; (4) Advanced theme-based cross examination of the government’s expert witnesses; and (5) Advanced direct examination and understanding  how to navigate the direct examination of a “hostile” witness.  An experienced and skilled faculty will lead this program. Elements of effective litigation advocacy skills will be presented in the plenary sessions. Participants will practice those skills and receive feedback in small group sessions.

Attendance at this program is limited and requires an application, which will be made available when registration opens.  Accepted applicants will be notified in advance.