Friday, March 14

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00–8:15 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:15–9:15 a.m.

Your Opening Statement: Winning Over The Jury From Day 1
Kathleen L. Bogas & Dennis E. Egan
As counsel for the plaintiff you have the unique ability to set the tone of the trial and shape the jury’s perception of your case from the beginning. Learn from NELA’s veteran trial lawyers how to use your first five sentences to introduce your theme with “grabbers” that will resonate with the jury. Ms. Bogas and Mr. Egan will demonstrate how to develop your theme and tell your story by presenting an opening statement. If you have struggled with credentialing the unlikeable client or the client that has damaging character evidence, deciding how to handle the defendant’s exculpatory evidence, or using demonstrative aids and technology in your opening statement, you will learn how to weave all of this into your opening statement while establishing credibility with the jury using ordinary words that shift the jury’s focus to the bad conduct of the defendant.

9:15–10:15 a.m.

The Closing Argument: Your Final Pitch To The Jury
J. Bernard Alexander, III & Alicia K. Haynes
Your closing argument is your last chance to convince the jury of your client’s case and finish with a bang. Our expert trial lawyers will share strategies and tactics for recalling the important evidence for the jury in a compelling story. They will demonstrate closing argument techniques for both liability and damages, including when to address the issue of damages and how to relate the defendant’s bad conduct when asking for money.

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Trial Team Huddles
Trial Boot Camp Advocates and Campers will meet with their designated Trial Team to learn more about how to develop and create their own winning opening statement and closing argument using the techniques and pointers discussed during the morning presentations. Trial Boot Camp Advocates who have debated about using a certain story or example in their opening or closing will have an opportunity to practice their delivery at this time.

12:45–1:45 p.m.

Working Box Lunch: Persuasive Trial Tactics & Strategies That Work
David J. Zehner
Mr. Zehner will share successful persuasive tactics and strategies (and those to avoid) in preparing for trial. Topics include selecting the best jurors, case strategy, witness preparation, and more.

2:00–3:00 p.m.

Direct Examination Of The Plaintiff
Speakers: Carla D. Brown & Kathryn Burkett Dickson
Motivate and captivate the jury with a lively direct examination of your plaintiff using your theme to tell the story and prove your client’s case. Our speakers will discuss all aspects of effective direct examination from strategy and credibility issues to offers of proof and preserving objections to protect your record on appeal. They also will review and demonstrate handling evidentiary objections and how to offer an exhibit using the Federal Rules of Evidence.

3:00–4:00 p.m.

Cross-Examination Of The Defendant & His Expert
Kathleen M. Cahill & Amanda A. Farahany
Experienced trial lawyers will explore the fundamentals, strategies, and techniques of cross-examination of the defendant and his expert. They also will discuss how to expose and impeach the defendant’s witnesses using depositions and statements, and will demonstrate how to do so.

4:15–6:00 p.m.

Trial Huddles
Trial Boot Camp Advocates and Campers will meet with their designated Trial Team to work on effective direct and cross-examinations.

6:00–6:30 p.m.

Trial Boot Camp End-Of-The-Day Convening
Dennis E. Egan & Alicia K. Haynes
All Trial Boot Camp participants will reconvene to discuss preparations for Saturday’s mock trials.

5:00–7:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy