Program

Thursday, October 24, 2019

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00–8:15 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Introductions: Wade Cowan, NELA President & Ashley Westby, NELA Program Manager

8:15–10:15 a.m.

Jury Selection & Voir Dire Live Demonstration
Watch our faculty as they participate in a live voir dire demonstration with prospective jurors from the community! Whether you conduct voir dire yourself or provide questions to the judge, our expert trial lawyers will discuss preparing for voir dire, selecting the best jury for your case, jury selection questionnaires, and using focus groups.

10:30–11:30 a.m.

The Opening Statement: Setting The Stage For Your Client’s Story
Plaintiff’s counsel sets the tone and shapes the jury’s perception of the case from the beginning. Discover how to use your first five sentences to introduce your theme that will resonate with the jury. Learn how to establish credibility with the jury if your client is unlikeable or there is damaging character evidence and shift the jury’s focus to the bad conduct of the defendant. Explore how to diffuse defendant’s exculpatory evidence at the outset and use demonstrative aids and technology during an opening statement.

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Workshop: Telling Your Client’s Story (Part 1)
This workshop will focus on techniques for making an opening statement. Advocates will have the chance to present a short (less than 15 minutes) opening statement for a current or future case they are working on in their practice. **Please note: Advocates should prepare an opening statement for the mock trial case before the Boot Camp and may practice during team huddles.

12:45–1:30 p.m.

Workshop: Telling Your Client’s Story (Part 2)

2:00–3:00 p.m.

Direct Examination
Learn how to motivate and captivate the jury using a lively direct examination to tell the story and prove your 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 will review and demonstrate how to admit an exhibit into evidence and respond to evidentiary objections.

3:15–4:45 p.m.

Workshop: Preparing For Your Plaintiff’s Testimony
This workshop will focus on preparing for the plaintiff’s testimony and allow participants to practice direct examination techniques.

5:00–6:00 p.m.

Trial Team Huddles
Trial Boot Camp Advocates and Campers will meet with their designated Trial Teams and Leaders to prepare for the mock trials using the techniques and pointers discussed during the day’s lectures and workshops.

6:00–7:30 p.m.

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

Friday, October 25, 2019

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:00 a.m.

Trial Practice Pointers
This session will focus on what to do before the first day of trial, so that you are fully prepared to try your case the morning trial begins. Panelists will offer general pre-trial practice tips, including topics such as motions in limine, introduction of exhibits, jury instructions, and a trial prep checklist—to name just a few.

9:15–10:15 a.m.

The Art Of Examining Adverse Witnesses & Cross-Examination
Seasoned trial lawyers will explore the fundamentals, strategies, and techniques of cross-examination. Tools for obtaining crucial testimony from different types of witnesses, including corporate representatives and experts, will be discussed.

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Workshop: Preparing For Your Cross-Examination Testimony
This workshop will focus on preparing for adverse witness testimony and allow participants to practice cross-examination techniques.

12:45–1:45 p.m.

Closing Arguments: Making Your Final Pitch To The Jury
Closing argument is the last chance to persuade the jury to find for the plaintiff and finish on a high note. Trial experts will share strategies and tactics for retrieving and knitting the key facts and important evidence into a compelling story. They will demonstrate closing argument techniques for liability and damages, including when and how to address the issue of damages.

2:00–4:00 p.m.

Workshop: Selling Your Case To The Jury
This workshop will focus on preparing for closing argument and allow participants to practice making an argument.

4:15–6:15 p.m.

Trial Team Huddles
Trial Boot Camp Advocates and Campers will meet with their designated Trial Teams and Leaders to prepare for trial using the techniques and pointers discussed during the lectures and workshops over the last two days.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

8:00–11:00 a.m.

Mock Trial I
Trial Boot Camp Advocates and Campers will meet with their designated Trial Teams and Team Leaders for the first mock trial.

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Mock Trial I Evaluation Session
Advocates and Campers will meet with their designated Trial Teams and Team Leaders for a critique of the first mock trial.

1:00–4:00 p.m.

Mock Trial II
Trial Boot Camp Advocates and Campers will meet with their designated Trial Teams and Team Leaders for the second mock trial.

4:00–5:30 p.m.

Mock Trial II Evaluation Session
Advocates and Campers will meet with their designated Trial Teams and Team Leaders for a critique of the second mock trial.

Program subject to change without notice.