9 - 11
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 08:30 to Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 11:45
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Trial Skills Workshop II: Advocacy Strategies & Skills To Maximize Use Of Experts

San Diego, CA

Please be advised that this event has been cancelled.

The Trial Skills Workshops are two and a half day programs that center upon specific components of criminal trial litigation. This first iteration focuses on expert testimony and is the same workshop that we hosted in January. We will not offer this particular workshop again in 2020. The skills targeted include:  (1) Identifying & screening experts to support the theory of the case and qualifying the experts to testify; (2) Recognizing the signs of mental illness, hiring the best expert to consult and maybe testify, and considering how mental illness might impact litigation strategy; (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) Preparation of defense expert witnesses and 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 and demos. Participants will practice those skills and receive feedback in small group sessions.

Opportunity to work on your own case: Participants may bring their own case to TSWII for use in some or all of the workshop sessions, provided that the case contains one of the following issues: mental health, toolmark/prints/DNA issues related to guns, and cell site location information (CSLI).

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.