Tag: Trial

New CLE: Tips to Avoid Ethical Violations and Malpractice Claims

What can you do to avoid a legal malpractice claim or grievance from the state bar? Most of the time it’s not rocket science, there are many basic things you can do to limit your exposure. Practicing Ethically How many times do you have to be told to communicate with your clients? Well, it’s still not enough for some attorneys because numerous…

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,…

CLE Course on Crafting an Effective Closing Argument

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…

Bias Considerations With Juries: Voir Dire & Beyond

The jury is one of the greatest concerns trial attorneys have when approaching trial. Millions of dollars and thousands of hours are spent analyzing the potential result from the 12 people in that little wooden box. And from voir dire to deliberations, the social biases of the jurors will have a huge impact on the end result of the case and the…

CLE Course: The Limits of Persuasion: Know Them and Use Them

Influencing other people can be a challenging task.  Many people hold strong beliefs and opinions on a number of positions – from gun regulation to their favorite sports team.  However, persuasion techniques can be employed to influence and convince others to change their beliefs or at least get them to move away from an entrenched position. Robert Cialdini – Six Principles of Influence…

CLE Course: How to Prepare Your Client for Deposition

Considering that less than 5% of cases go to trial, deposition is now one of the most crucial aspects of litigation.  For your anxious client, the deposition is almost the functional equivalent of their “day in court.” One of the most useful subjects, both for lawyers and their clients, has been preparing to give testimony at a deposition. Proper preparation of the…