Trials of the Century I, Featuring Todd Winegar

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Video on Site: Tuesday, December 4 / Alexandria, Charlottesville, Danville, Norfolk, Richmond
  Wednesday, December 5 / Dulles
  Thursday, December 6 / Tysons
Registration: 8:00 a.m. (Richmond location: 8:30 a.m.)
Program: 8:25 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. (Richmond location: 9:00 a.m - 4:15 p.m.)
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Live on Site: October 30 in Richmond (Glen Allen) and October 31 in Fairfax


Why Attend?

Learn from watching the masters!

  • Clarence Darrow—America's greatest trial lawyer. Hear his finest closing argument in The People v. Clarence Darrow. Understand his cunning trial theme in the Scopes Monkey Trial.
  • Nuremburg Trials. Watch U.S. Supreme court Justice Jackson spar with Hitler's Reichsmarschall Göring.
  • The O.J. Case.  See F. Lee Bailey break the most basic rules of cross—and prosper. Witness how winning the battle sometimes loses the war.
  • “Hissteria.”  Alger Hiss, clerk to Justice Holmes, advisor to Roosevelt at the Tehran Conference, and to Truman at the Potsdam conference.  Was Hiss a statesman?  Or a spy?
  • Clinton Impeachment Trial. Watch the final argument that acquitted Clinton and analyze the arguments made.

Todd Winegar, one of America’s highest rated CLE speakers, uses actual film footage, re-creations, and verbatim trial transcripts to bring you a unique educational program. Learn from the masters.

There can be no better education—and entertainment—than to be seated in the front row as some of the greatest trial attorneys of the past century rise to cross-examine a witness or deliver their closing argument. Now, thanks to this acclaimed seminar and Todd Winegar, YOU have that front row seat for some of history’s top courtroom performances. You see actual trial footage and verbatim recreations from transcripts. This seminar allows you to emulate some of the greatest techniques ever developed, and avoid some of the greatest mistakes ever made. Listen, learn, and enjoy!

Each registrant receives the workbook Trials of the Century and the Ultimate Trial Notebook. Said one state bar president: “the best CLE handout EVER!” A binder of checklists and advice to use every time you appear in court or write a memorandum. It will be a valuable desk reference for the rest of your career.

Includes chapters such as:

  • Opening Statement
  • Pretrial Checklist
  • Writing Checklist
  • Witness Preparation
  • Closing Argument
  • Cross-Examination
  • Direct Examination
  • Trial Forms

And much more

Praise from previous Todd Winegar programs:


“It was extraordinary.  And that’s something I never even imagined could be said about CLE.”

“As a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one who has tried many complicated trials, as well as attended countless trial practice seminars and been a seminar presenter myself, this was the finest trial practice seminar I have ever attended.”

 “I thought ‘best CLE ever’ was the normal hype.  But it really was the best both in content and interest.”

“Todd makes an invaluable contribution to the practice of law.”
Fantastic!  Mr. Winegar combines the History Channel and the Discovery Channel with trial advocacy class.”

Todd Winegar is a master seminar presenter.”


“Congratulations!  You’re our highest rated speaker ever.”  ICLE of New Jersey

“Todd Winegar is the best national speaker.”  ICLE of Georgia

“I’ve never seen evaluations so good.”  State Bar of Arizona

“Todd Winegar’s reviews from his full-day seminars are ‘off the charts’.”  Minnesota CLE

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* Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

8:00 Registration
8:25 Opening Remarks
8:30 Cross-Examination: The O.J. Simpson Trial (1995)


Observe the cross-examination of Mark Fuhrman by F. Lee Bailey

  • Accepted principles of cross-examination
  • Adjusting and breaking the principles of advocacy to fit the circumstances
  • Techniques that can make a cross-examination great

See the cross-examination of Ellen Aaronson by Marcia Clark

  • How winning the battle can sometimes lose the war

Watch the carefully structured cross-examination of Criminalist Dennis Fung

  • Surprising the witness—Victory is in the documents
10:30 Break
10:45 The Scopes Monkey Trial (1925)

John T. Scopes’s trial for teaching evolution in public school

  • Listen to the cross-examination of William Jennings Bryan by Clarence Darrow
  • See the great guidelines of cross-examination followed
11:10 Lindbergh Kidnapping Trial (1935)
  • The “annihilating” cross-examination
  • Cross can be aggressive if you have “the goods”
11:30 “Hissteria”: Alger Hiss, Statesman or Spy? (Ethics)

The ethics of dealing with difficult witnesses and counsel

  • Hiss’s witnesses included two Supreme Court Justices, two presidential nominees, and a solicitor general
  • What to do when the opposing witness or counsel “misbehaves”: persuasive techniques, recourse to Rules 3.3, 3.4, 4.4, and 8.4, and appeals to the Court
12:00 Lunch Recess
12:45 “Hissteria” continued
1:15 The Nuremberg Trials: Cross-Examination of the Difficult Witness (1945–1946)
  • Watch U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson cross-examine Reichsmarschall Herman Göring
  • Next watch British prosecutor Sir Maxwell Fyfe cross the same witness
  • Two cross-examinations, one famous, the other infamous—the difference: technique that you can learn
2:30 Break
2:45 The People v. Clarence Darrow (L.A. Times Bombing Trial) (1911)

Watch Darrow’s best closing argument—in his own bribery trial
  • Darrow’s favorite arguments used in virtually every case
  • Putting the white hat on your client
  • Framing the issues
  • Flattery will get you everywhere
3:15 The Clinton Impeachment (1999)
  • Watch the closing argument that acquitted Clinton
  • Favorite arguments with a 21st century twist—great arguments have not changed throughout the years
3:40 What Was the Trial of the Century?  Learning from the Trials of the Century
3:45 Adjourn



Nationally Recognized Speaker and Civil Litigation Attorney Todd Winegar

Todd S. Winegar is a dynamic speaker and attorney who has taught CLE programs in most major cities in the U.S. and Canada.  He has been involved in some of the largest cases in his home state, including a record-setting plaintiff’s verdict.  His practice emphasizes civil trial litigation, including a Minuteman missile accident case, professional malpractice, and product liability actions involving para- and quadriplegia.  Mr. Winegar draws examples from these experiences to present a thought-provoking, yet practical, seminar.

Locations, Dates and Fees

VIDEO REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch not included)

$265 regular registration (printed materials included).
$280 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).



Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Danville: The Institute Conference Center, 150 Slayton Avenue (434) 766-6777 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Norfolk: SpringHill Suites Norfolk—Virginia Beach, 6350 Newtown Road (757) 333-3100 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.) (Venue Website / Google Map)


Dulles: Holiday Inn Washington—Dulles International Airport, 45425 Holiday Drive (703) 471-7411 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Tysons: Courtyard Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive) (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map)

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