Criminal Defense Trial Strategies A-Z

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Course Description

Strategies That Could Mean the Difference Between Acquittal and Conviction

When you're all that stands between your client and a guilty verdict, it's imperative that you know how to develop and deliver the best possible defense. From trial prep to jury selection, opening statements, and more, get the practical insights you need to effectively advocate for your client's freedom. Augment your trial skills - register today!

  • Learn how to craft a defense story that will resonate with the decisionmakers.
  • Discover how to elicit biases from jurors who are not likely to see things from your point of view.
  • Deliver an opening statement that captivates and persuades your audience.
  • Get practical pointers for staying in control during cross-examination.
  • Find out how to deal a powerful blow to opposing expert testimony.
  • Make the most of your last communications with jurors with winning closing argument tips.


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  1. Preparing for Trial and Developing Your Case Theme
    10:00 - 10:30, Cynthia E. Everson
  2. Voir Dire and Jury Selection Strategies
    10:30 - 11:30, Brian H. Bieber
    1. Preparing for Voir Dire: Overall Strategy and Research
    2. Structuring Your Introduction
    3. Effective Questioning Techniques: Ferreting Out Subtle Bias
    4. Peremptory and for-Cause Challenge Tactics
    5. Top 10 Voir Dire Mistakes to Avoid
  3. Delivering a Powerful Opening Statement
    11:45 - 12:30, Brian H. Bieber
    1. Overall Structure and Introduction
    2. Conveying Your Theme and Theory
    3. Event Sequence and Evidence
    4. Addressing Weaknesses
    5. High-Impact Presentation Techniques
    6. What NOT to Do During Your Opening
  4. Direct Examination Strategies - Lay Witnesses
    12:30 - 1:15, W. Jesse Forbes
    1. Overall Witness Strategy and Relationship to Case Theme
    2. Sequencing Questions for Different Types of Non-Expert Witnesses
    3. Preparing Yourself and Your Witnesses
    4. Anticipating Areas of Cross-Examination
    5. Phrasing Questions Effectively
    6. Listening and Following Up
    7. Style, Posture, Objections, and Use of Exhibits and Diagrams
  5. Cross-Examination Strategies - Lay Witnesses
    1:45 - 2:30, W. Jesse Forbes
    1. Identifying Goals and Devising Your Plan
    2. To Cross or Not to Cross?
    3. Structuring Destructive Cross-Examinations
    4. How to Not Drop the Ball When Impeaching
    5. Phrasing Questions Effectively
    6. When to Stop Asking Questions
  6. Preparing for Expert Witness Battles
    2:30 - 3:15, Cynthia E. Everson
    1. Knowing When to Retain Which Expert
    2. Attacking (and Demonstrating) Qualifications and Reliability
    3. Preparing Experts and Structuring Direct Examination
    4. Cross-Examination Strategies and Questioning Lines
  7. Effective Closing Argument Techniques
    3:30 - 4:00, Cynthia E. Everson
    1. Goals and Organization
    2. Arguing Your Story, Addressing Weaknesses, and Attacking
    3. Style and Presentation Tips
    4. Concluding
    5. Getting Creative and Bold: Lessons From History
  8. Legal Ethics
    4:00 - 5:00, Cynthia E. Everson
    1. Decision-Making and Authority Issues
    2. Working With Clients Who Have Diminished Capacity
    3. Landmines in Witness Preparation
    4. Handling Client Lies, Omissions, and Misrepresentations
    5. Confidentiality Issues for Criminal Lawyers

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for attorneys.

Additional Information

Training Provider: NBI, Inc.

Course Topics: Law Training > Criminal Law

Training Course Summary: Criminal Defense Trial Strategies A-Z

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