Crafting Great Credibility Arguments and "The Cross-Examination of the Century"

MCLE Credits: 4.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Tuesday, October 11, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
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MCLE Credit: 4.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 4.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Designation Credit: 4.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)
Registration Fees: Webcast: $229
Telephone: $249


Why Attend?

  • Presented by Robert Musante—a nationally recognized teacher of deposition skills
  • Explore the logic that is essential to crafting credibility arguments in this practical and engaging seminar
  • Valuable for even the most experienced litigators

In every case, no matter the area of law, litigators attack—skillfully or otherwise—the credibility of their opponent’s evidence: a fact-witness’s observations, an expert’s opinion, a document, and/or real evidence. The ability to recognize and craft credibility arguments is crucial to successful litigation, yet few, if any, law schools or law firms know how to teach it. This presentation does so brilliantly … and entertainingly using video clips from the watched-by-tens-of-millions cross-examination conducted by legendary trial attorney F. Lee Bailey of Los Angeles police detective Mark [“I Found the Murderer’s Glove at O.J. Simpson’s Home”] Fuhrman. Measured by publicity and viewership, State of California vs. O.J. Simpson was rightly deemed the trial of the 20th century (and, thus far, it is unsurpassed in the 21st), with Bailey’s 3-day Q&A of Fuhrman unquestionably the centerpiece of that trial.


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COURSE SCHEDULE (October 11) (Eastern Time)

10:00 Session 1
  • Francis Wellman’s “The Art of Cross-X”
  • The universal and timeless logic of cross-examination
  • Three profoundly important litigation truths
  • Introduction of Fuhrman, Bailey, and Simpson case
  • Word-hawking defined and extensively demonstrated
  • Liar vs. Deceiver
12:00 Lunch Break
12:30 Session 2
  • Relationship of deposition to trial cross-examination
  • Deceiver Arguments:
    • Admission of a credibility flaw: disguising necessity as virtue
    • Admission of a competence flaw: concealing blameworthy agenda
    • Wit’s implausible claim re knowledge
    • Wit’s implausible claim re motivation
    • Wit’s implausible claim re practice
    • Wit’s implausible claim re precedent
    • Wit’s implausible claim info considered
    • Wit’s implausible claim re reasoning
    • Wit’s implausible claim re emotion
    • Wit’s implausible claim re remembering
    • Wit’s implausible characterization
    • Wit’s implausible claim re skill, ineptitude, or luck
    • Falsis in unam; falsis in omnibus
2:30 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.



Robert Musante / Alamo, CA

Robert Musante is the country’s foremost teacher of deposition cross-examination. He has taught the logic essential to taking great adverse depositions—of fact witnesses and experts—to more than 50,000 litigators in 44 states. He has made in-house presentations to the attorneys general of 11 states and to the partners and associates of 100+ litigation law firms. For more info, including thousands of rave reviews, visit

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