In October, Feldman Shepherd held a “Don’t Panic: Effective
Trial Techniques for Young Lawyers” CLE in Pennsylvania. Moderated by Carol
Nelson Shepherd, the program was held on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at the Fitler
Club, in Philadelphia.
G. Scott Vezina
and Daniel J. Mann began the seminar
by presenting on strategies for conducting voir dire, including tips for
identifying biased jurors; how and when to rehabilitate biased jurors; and
techniques for eliminating biased jurors.
Mark W. Tanner
and James P. Faunes then spoke on
the fundamentals of opening statements. Their presentation included strategies
for delivering powerful openings, how to get jurors “on board” with the theory
of the case, building the damage award, developing broader themes that resonate
beyond your client’s case, and planting the seed for monetary damages.
Daniel S. Weinstock
and Carolyn M. Chopko addressed how
young lawyers can elicit favorable evidence in a clear, concise and persuasive
manner during direct examination. Their presentation included preparing and
presenting witnesses, eliciting evidence in “plain talk,” and crafting and
Alan M. Feldman
and Bethany R. Nikitenko gave an
interactive presentation on cross-examination using a cross-examination from an
actual case. Areas addressed included setting up effective cross-examination
when conducting depositions, incorporating technology, turning up the heat when
necessary, and use of documents during cross.
John M. Dodig and
Jason A. Daria closed the program
with guidance on how to create and deliver a strong closing argument. They
addressed proper and improper arguments; avoiding reversible error; techniques
for telling a compelling story; expanding themes, tying evidence together, and
giving the jury what it needs to rule in your client’s favor; and strategies
for the jury charge.
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