Advanced Witness Preparation: Spotting, Diagnosing, and Solving Witness Problems, Issues and Challenges (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 4.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 4.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $225 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 5/30/2017

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Please note: This online seminar is not eligible for discounts, and may not be purchased with bundle credits.

A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the entire May 2014 live seminar, Advanced Witness Preparation: Spotting, Diagnosing, and Solving Witness Problems, Issues, and Challenges.


You will:

  • Learn how to turn nightmarish witnesses into stars, no matter what the problem
  • Discover how to identify individual learning styles of witnesses and react with an appropriate communication model
  • Explore "form" of depositions and trial, and how to identify, assess, and solve witness "symptoms" in both
  • Learn how to maximize your own performance by maximizing that of your witness
  • Learn how to work with novice experts as well as those who have been in court more often than you!

Some attorneys who have taken this course have suggested we call it: "You Don't Even Know What You Don't Know, and Why What You Don't Know Can Kill Your Witness". Others call it "How to Turn Your Problem Witnesses into Stars".

Whatever one calls it, this four-hour seminar as taught by our remarkably accomplished and engaging faculty is among the most helpful witness preparation workshops an attorney can take. By including lecture and participatory exercises, this unique program helps you combine the skills of the litigator, the psychologist, the educator, and, of course, the theater artist — skills that all attorneys must have in order to be successful with each witness.

The first session focuses on learning skills from disciplines in which most attorneys have little or no experience: skills that are applied to the task of witness preparation.

The second session focuses on applying the skills learned in the first session to the witness preparation process. In addition, specific "forms" — formats of how to think through questions and respond — for deposition and trial are provided. Skills for troubleshooting expert witnesses are explored, the individual preparation demeanor of attending attorneys is critiqued and improved, as time permits, and finally, attendees' questions about specific witnesses they are dealing with are answered and solutions are offered.

 

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Faculty

Katherine James, Act of Communication / Culver City, CA

A trial consultant who specializes in live communication skills based in the discipline of theater, Katherine James has been working to make attorneys and witnesses better courtroom communicators since 1977. Nationally regarded as the preeminent source for witness preparation, she has helped take over 1,000 cases to trial and helped prepare literally thousands of witnesses, including experts of every stripe. She coaches witnesses and their lawyers to reach, persuade, and activate jurors. She has taught for AAJ (formerly ATLA), ABTL, ABA, NITA, DRI, and CICA, as well as many private law firms and bar associations. 

Ms. James holds a BFA from Illinois Weslyan University, where she graduated Phi Kappa Phi, Summa Cum Laude. She received her MFA at the American Conservatory Theater, where she studied as a classical theater actor.

Alan Blumenfeld, Act of Communication, Culver City, CA

Alan Blumenfeld is a working professional actor who makes his living in film, television, and theater. For the past three decades, he has also been regarded as one of the leading trial consultants in the United States. He specializes in live communication skills based in the discipline of theater and has been working to make attorneys and witnesses better courtroom communicators since 1977. As a teacher of working professional trial lawyers and law students, he has taught for scores of continuing legal education colleges such as NITA (since 1986), AAJ (formerly ATLA, since 1986), ABTL, ABA, DRI, and CICA, as well as many dozens of private law firms and bar associations.

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