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Trial Skills Workshop I: Advocacy Strategies & Skills to Maximize the Use of Experts
Trial Skills Workshop I (TSW 1) is our newest skills training. The first iteration of TSW will focus on the use of experts for trials and evidentiary hearings. This presentation of the program is an excellent opportunity for attorneys to learn about the value of experts to (a) help them understand complex areas which impact representation of clients and (b) develop their courtroom skills, when either presenting expert testimony in their cases or cross examining government experts. Participants will learn from an experienced and highly skilled faculty in both plenary and small-group sessions. During the small-group sessions, participants will practice those skills and receive feedback. Areas covered include: (1) identifying and screening experts to support the theory of the case, with practice sessions on screening, interviewing, records collection and qualifying the experts to testify; (2) using the Federal Rules of Evidence to make sure that experts are qualified and the reports and documents that further the defense theory are admitted into the record; and (3) cross examining the government’s expert witness.
Attendance at this program is limited and requires an application. Once accepted, applicants will be moved from the waitlist to accepted status and will be notified promptly.