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Evidence: Tips for Effective Direct and Cross Examination

1 hour MCLE Credit

 

Presenting your client’s side of the story through direct examination is a crucial skill for all litigators. Equally important is your ability to highlight the weaknesses in your opponent's case through cross-examination. Your skill, or lack thereof, at examining witnesses may even determine the outcome of your trial. In this program, you will learn how to sharpen your case presentation through memorable direct examination, and streamline your cross-examination by following simple, yet effective rules.

 

Presenting your client’s side of the story through direct examination is a crucial skill for all litigators. Equally important is your ability to highlight the weaknesses in your opponent's case through cross-examination. Your skill, or lack thereof, at examining witnesses may even determine the outcome of your trial. In this program, you will learn how to sharpen your case presentation through memorable direct examination, and streamline your cross-examination by following simple, yet effective rules.

Program Highlights:

  • Whether to cross examine
  • Keeping it short and simple
  • Preparing & focusing on your witness
  • Building jury interest & using documents to tell the story
  • Address bad facts upfront
  • Preparing yourself
  • Impeaching on major points
  • Asking only questions that help & avoiding open-ended questions
  • What to do about the uncooperative witness

This is an intermediate level program that assumes some experience in litigation/trial.

On Demand CP58914-191

Recorded 6/15 

 

Presenting your client’s side of the story through direct examination is a crucial skill for all litigators. Equally important is your ability to highlight the weaknesses in your opponent's case through cross-examination. Your skill, or lack thereof, at examining witnesses may even determine the outcome of your trial. In this program, you will learn how to sharpen your case presentation through memorable direct examination, and streamline your cross-examination by following simple, yet effective rules.

Program Highlights:

  • Whether to cross examine
  • Keeping it short and simple
  • Preparing & focusing on your witness
  • Building jury interest & using documents to tell the story
  • Address bad facts upfront
  • Preparing yourself
  • Impeaching on major points
  • Asking only questions that help & avoiding open-ended questions
  • What to do about the uncooperative witness

This is an intermediate level program that assumes some experience in litigation/trial.

JOHN A. BURKE

John A. Burke

JOHN A. BURKE is an experienced trial attorney representing primarily defendants in general liability, products liability, toxic tort, personal injury, and commercial litigation cases. He has tried numerous cases to jury verdicts in California state courts, and in the state courts of Pennsylvania and Washington. In the overwhelming majority of these cases, Mr. Burke obtained either a defense verdict for his client, or a verdict that was less than plaintiff’s pre-trial settlement demand. In all, he has spent more than 70 weeks in trial. He received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco.

ARA R. JABAGCHOURIAN

ARA R. JABAGCHOURIAN

ARA R. JABAGCHOURIAN is a trial attorney with vast experience in numerous area of civil law. He has handled hundreds of matters to successful resolution, either through settlement or verdict. Mr. Jabagchourian litigates in the areas of business litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, contract disputes, fraud litigation, intellectual property, elder abuse, false claims, whistleblower actions, employment law, and numerous forms of partnership and shareholder disputes. He received his J.D., from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Products specifications
PRACTICE AREA Civil Litigation & Torts
PRODUCT GROUP CLE
SUBTOPICS Evidence and Discovery
Products specifications
PRACTICE AREA Civil Litigation & Torts
PRODUCT GROUP CLE
SUBTOPICS Evidence and Discovery