Category Archives: Jury

New CLE: Tell Your Client’s Winning Story

There’s always a greater story hidden behind the rigid surface of your client. As a trial lawyer, it’s your job to be able to find this story, to craft it and then to awaken the jury to your client’s greater story.

Tell the Winning Story

When you’re facing the jury, you’re a storyteller whether you like it or not. The question is, how good is that story? Is it dead or alive?

In this CLE course, Juliard’s graduate Jesse Wilson will show you how to present your client’s winning story to the jury while avoiding the victim trap. Jesse will mainly discuss how to avoid telling the whining story, building a strong human connection with the jury, putting your client’s story before the jury and understanding the role of story & conflict at trial. To access the course please click here: The Winning vs. Whining Story: How to Transform Your Client from Victim to Victor.

Additional topics addressed include:

  • Embracing & thriving in an uncomfortable courtroom
  • Avoiding talking about your client like a victim
  • Tapping into emotional evidence
  • Breaking through your client’s rough exterior
  • Crafting the theme of your case
  • But I don’t love my client
  • Reframing the definition of conflict
  • What make a great story
  • Focusing on conflict
  • Using monologue to understand your client’s experiences

Born and raised in Los Angeles – almost underneath the iconic Hollywood sign – Jesse Wilson is the CEO and Founder of Tell The Winning Story, a communications effectiveness program that helps attorneys step into their true communications power through the raw power of the theater. He works with attorneys throughout the country to tell their client’s winning story.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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New CLE: The Nuts and Bolts Appellate Oral Arguments

Your oral argument is not a speech at the local Toastmasters where you will be handed ten minutes of interrupted speaking time. Rather, it’s dynamic, rapid shifting and can require extreme responsiveness if you get that judge that likes to pepper you with questions. Since oral argument is much more fluid process than regurgitating a written response, you need a more dynamic approach when you prepare and present your argument.

When you prepare for oral argument do you find yourself writing out a convoluted outline and rehearsing in front of the mirror like you are going to be speaking at the local Toastmasters?

In this incredibly entertaining and practical CLE course, Peter R. Afrasiabi covers what to do, what NOT to do and how to be prepared when you stand at the podium to argue your appeal. Peter mainly discusses the hallmarks of an effective oral argument, winning preparation strategies and practical points when making your argument in front of the judges (or justices). To access the course please click here: Appellate Oral Arguments: Nuts and Bolts and Do’s and Don’ts.

Peter also addresses the following:

  • Using a conversation dialogue
  • Knowing your audience & goals
  • Crafting a compelling argument
  • Establishing credibility
  • The kitchen sink approach
  • Briefs & the record review process
  • Facts & law review
  • Your podium materials
  • Mooting
  • Your first words
  • Staying cool under pressure
  • Possible outcomes
  • Amicus briefs
  • 7 Golden Rules

From battles with Madonna over the “Material Girl” brand to fair use disputes with the Eagles’ Don Henley to protecting such iconic brands as Bettie Page in trademark and trade dress disputes, Peter R. Afrasiabi primarily handles copyright, trademark, and entertainment disputes. He is also the Chair of the Appellate Practice Group for One LLP and co-director of the Appellate Litigation Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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New CLE Courses Added!!!

At Attorney Credits, we recognize that we live in a fast paced, ever-changing world.  Every new day brings new inventions, new fads and emerging trends in the practice of law – from utilizing cloud technology to drone law.

New CLE Courses:

  • A Practical Approach to 1031 Exchanges
  • A Sneak Peek at the Possible New Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Appellate Oral Arguments: Nuts and Bolts and “Do’s and Don’ts”
  • But I Only Had Two Beers!!
  • Civility and Professionalism: Gender and Culture Bias in the Legal Profession
  • Counseling Your Business Clients on Trademarks
  • Crafting a Simple and Effective Closing Argument
  • Dealing with Cognitive Bias in Trial from Voir Dire to Deliberations
  • Don’t Give Up 5 Minutes Before the Miracle
  • Estate Planning 101
  • Evidence: Advocacy and Artistry in the Courtroom
  • From Harry Ellis to Trump: The Ethics of Federal Disqualification Motions
  • How to Negotiate with the IRS in Collections and For Audits
  • Prosecuting Trademark Applications
  • Representing Disabled Veterans Before the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • The Phone Knows All: Cell Phones, CDR Reports and GPS Tracking for Attorneys

For that reason, we are constantly adding new CLE courses to keep up with new changes and developments in the law.  Our goal is to keep you as current as possible so you can best serve your clients!  For more information about Illinois CLE please click here: IL CLE.

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CLE Course: Dealing with Cognitive Bias in Trial from Voir Dire to Deliberations

Fairness is a fundamental tenet of the American judicial system. However, no matter how rational and fair people think they might be, all individuals have cognitive biases that effect their judgement and beliefs. These cognitive biases play out in the courtroom everyday across the country and ultimately influence the behavior and decisions of jurors, witnesses, attorneys and judges.

Bias & the Legal Profession

From voir dire to deliberations, the potential biases of the jurors will have a huge impact on the result of the case.

In this CLE course, trial attorney Joel Selik discusses common social and decision making biases encountered during voir dire, at trial and during jury deliberations. Mr. Selik addresses the following subjects: why we have to identify biases for jury trials, the common types of biases exhibited by jurors & attorneys, how attorneys can use bias and ideas to elicit & overcome bias in voir dire. Mr. Selik also discusses methods of determining juror bias and common biases such as tort reform bias and blaming others. To access the course please click here: Dealing with Cognitive Bias in Trial from Voir Dire to Deliberations.

The types of biases discussed include:

  • Social bias
  • Fundamental attribution error
  • Illusory superiority
  • Ingroup bias
  • Trait ascription bias
  • Defensive attribution hypothesis
  • Anchoring bias
  • Attentional bias
  • Availability heuristic
  • Cheerleader effect
  • Regressive fallacy
  • Conservatism
  • Confirmation bias
  • Hindsight bias

Joel G. Selik is a member of both the California and Nevada State Bars. His practice primarily focuses on Litigation and Tax. Mr. Selik has given many seminars on Estate Planning, Nursing Home Litigation and other legal topics and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at a local law school.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in New York and around the country. For more information about CLE in New York please click the following link: NY CLE.

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CLE Course on Crafting an Effective Closing Argument

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The way that juries process information has fundamentally changed over the last few decades – you can thank Big Bird and YouTube for that. Today’s jurors are less apt to soak up volumes of information that complex cases require. Because of this short attention span, you must be as dynamic as possible to grab the jury’s attention and persuade them to find for your client.

When it comes your closing argument, you should keep your message simple, brief and easy to understand.

In this fast paced and informative CLE course, you will learn how to provide an effective and succinct closing argument that the jury will be able to process and remember when they walk into deliberations. Trial attorney David A. Fox covers a number of practice points and uses case examples from the following causes of action: criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, slip & fall, fraud, personal injury, negligence and wrongful death. To access the course please click here: Crafting a Simple and Effective Closing Argument.

Dave mainly discusses:

  • How jurors learn & retain information
  • Using different media in your closing
  • Connecting with the jury
  • Framing the debate
  • Focusing on responsibility & jury instructions
  • Crafting your message
  • Being outcome determinative
  • Keeping your message easy to understand
  • Streamlining your trial
  • Solving the problem

Dave Fox is a trial lawyer that has dedicated his career to helping ordinary people going through extraordinary circumstances. Dave has obtained remarkable settlements and verdicts for his clients in difficult cases involving wrongful death, catastrophic injuries, premises liability and fraud.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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New CLE Course on Evidence & Hearsay at Trial: Advocacy and Artistry in the Courtroom

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Do you know that attorneys have a super power? Attorneys have the super ability to turn information into evidence. From motions in limine to cross examination, your ability to turn information into admissible evidence (or have important evidence excluded) will have the greatest impact on your client’s success at trial.

While the definition of evidence may seem straightforward, preparing and presenting evidence can be extremely tricky…. even for seasoned legal practitioners.

In this CLE course, the honorable Michael B. Orfield (ret.) provides his unique perspective spent from his years on the bench to help you hone your super power of turning information into admissible evidence. The main evidentiary topics addressed include motions in limine, demonstrative evidence, jury notebooks, mini opening statements, relevant vs. unduly prejudicial evidence, direct & cross examination, refreshing the recollection of a witness, rebuttal & impeachment and hearsay evidence. While this course refers to the evidence code of California, numerous practice points will be introduced and discussed that can be deployed by legal practitioners around the country. To access the course please click here: Evidence: Advocacy and Artistry in the Courtroom.

Further topics discussed in this CLE course include:

  • Knowing your court & judge
  • Leading lay witnesses on direct & cross
  • Coaching witnesses
  • Witness credibility
  • Non verbal statements
  • Silence as a statement
  • Evidence offered for the truth of the matter asserted

The Honorable Michael B. Orfield (Ret.) was a jurist for 20 years, mostly as a civil independent calendar judge and he now serves as a mediator and arbitrator with Agreement.com. The Honorable Harry Elias has been a Superior Court Judge for the County of San Diego for over twenty years. Judge Elias presides over both juvenile and criminal cases.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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CLE Course: What Non-Insurance Attorneys Should Know About Insurance Coverage

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Insurance can be an extremely important source of funding for the defense of any lawsuit and the payment of any judgment or settlement for many different causes of action. The failure to recognize when insurance coverage applies and how coverage is triggered can adversely affect your clients and can easily lead to a malpractice lawsuit.

Insurance Coverage

Failing to recognize when and how insurance coverage applies can adversely affect your client’s case and lead to a malpractice lawsuit.

In this CLE course Jared De Jong and Timothy Heggem of Payne & Fears discuss the key points that you need to know in order to preserve potential insurance benefits available to their clients. Jared and Timothy discuss the types of insurance that provide coverage and how to identify them, the types of events that trigger coverage, how to maximize the likelihood of triggering coverage, what to do if the insurer fails to provide coverage, how to best proceed if the insurer imposes unreasonable limitations on the defense it provides, and the steps to take if the insurer and insured disagree about settlement. To access the course please click here: What Every Litigator Should Know About Insurance Coverage.

Additional topics discussed include:

  • “Claims made” nightmares
  • Sources of policy information
  • Commercial general liability policies
  • How to trigger the duty to defend
  • The compliant
  • Denial & delay of coverage
  • How to proceed if the insurer refuses to pay defense counsel’s full billing rates
  • The insurer’s right to settle
  • What to do if the insurer is not defending the suit

Jared De Jong is an associate at Payne & Fears LLP working in the Insurance Coverage Group. Timothy Heggem is an associate in the Insurance Coverage Group at Payne & Fears LLP.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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TX CLE: New Texas CLE Courses Added

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Our goal at Attorney Credits is to bring you the most current and relevant CLE programming that will make you a better attorney. We try to create about 4-8 new CLE course each month to constantly expand and diversity our CLE library. These are the latest CLE courses that we have added for Texas attorneys:

  • Bankruptcy, Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
  • Digital Asset Landscape: Preparation for Changes in Legislation
  • Discharging Taxes in Bankruptcy
  • Ethics in Jury Selection
  • Hot Topics and Emerging Trends in Cannabis Litigation
  • Keep Calm and Drone On: Regulation and Liability
  • Obtaining a Green Card Through Marriage
  • Securities Crowdfunding in the Age of Kickstarter
  • The Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Top Tech Tools for Lawyers
  • Will Bias Cost You Your Next Case?

We are constantly working hard to bring you the best CLE courses and the best CLE presenters. We are not limited by geography like many city and state Bar Associations. We bring you the best presenters and CLE content at your fingertips, available at any time of the day or night. For more information about Texas CLE, please click here: TX CLE.

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CLE on Voir Google & the Ethics of Jury Selection

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When we try a case, our goal as lawyers is to get an impartial jury. But in reality, anybody who has struck a jury knows this is no easy task. During voir dire we must investigate jurors to uncover potential bias to ensure that the jury will be as fair as possible. And our investigation of jurors and jury system itself is changing rapidly because of social media and the law related to social media.

Will the impartial jury be able to exist in the age of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social media websites and apps?

In this CLE course, trial attorney Sharon Stuart presents a thoughtful and timely discussion on ethical considerations in jury selection in our new world of social media. The main topics addressed include voir google, ethically investigating jurors online, your ethical obligations relating to juror misconduct, your ethical obligations to disclose juror relationships, medical privacy & voir dire and your ethical obligations in post-trial juror interviews.  To access the course please click here: Ethics in Jury Selection.

Additional issues covered in this course:

  • Social media use by jurors
  • The benefits of using social media in jury selection
  • The ethical duty to investigate
  • ABA Model Rule 1.1 – Competence
  • Comment to ABA Model Rule 1.1
  • ABA Model Rule 1.3
  • The NYSBA Social Media Guidelines
  • ABA Model Rule 3.5
  • Ethical limitations on juror investigation
  • Best practices when conducing social media research
  • Crossing the ethical line
  • Decorum to the tribunal
  • United States v. Daugerdas
  • Safeguards for jurors’ medical privacy
  • Post trial contact with jurors

Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Sharon Stuart devotes her practice to civil trial work and arbitration. She focuses on complex commercial and insurance litigation, and she handles a variety of pharmaceutical and medical device products liability litigation as national, regional or local counsel. Her trial experience includes a wide range of business tort claims, contract disputes, commercial and insurance fraud and bad faith suits, and wrongful death cases. She has defended dozens of class action lawsuits in areas as diverse as product liability/toxic tort, financial products, insurance and employment law.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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CLE Course Provides Tips & Strategies for Voir Dire

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About the only time that voir dire looks cute and easy… is in the movies. Even seasoned litigators dread the unknown and misreading jurors during the voir dire process.

Voir comes from old French and derives from the Latin word ‘verum’ – meaning “that which is true.”  One of the most common French verbs, “dire” means “to say” or “to tell.”  In combination, the phrase roughly translates “to tell that which is true.”

It is your skill to get prospective jurors “to tell that which is true” during voir dire that will have a significant impact on the result you achieve for your next client.

In this highly practical CLE course, business litigation attorney Karen Frostrom provides tips and strategies so that you can more effectively question prospective jurors during voir dire.  The main topics covered by Karen include thinking about your approach to voir dire, using what works for you, getting started, potential questions to ask and key practice points. To access the course please click here: Voir Dire: Tips and Strategies.

Additional issues covered in this CLE course:

  • iJury vs. Sticky Notes
  • Thinking backwards
  • Eliminating vs. picking jurors
  • Getting to know prospective jurors
  • Asking what opinions they are afraid of
  • Personal experiences
  • World views
  • Opinions
  • Staying in 3’s
  • Making your list
  • Asking what the jury wants
  • Taking notes
  • Misreading potential jurors

Karen R. Frostrom practices business litigation, municipal redevelopment, land use, eminent domain, condemnation, and contracts law. Karen has litigated trials to verdict in San Diego and Orange County and has also handled both appellate writs and direct appeals. Karen is active with the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations, serving previously as the Chair of the San Diego Lawyers’ delegation and the San Diego Bar Association delegation. The Consumer Attorneys of San Diego have awarded her three separate Outstanding Trial Lawyer Awards.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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