Seminar Number

7989

 

Early
Registration Fee:

$245

On-Site
Registration Fee:

$265

 

National Speaker Series
MICHAEL TIGAR'S NINE PRINCIPLES OF LITIGATION
AND PERHAPS LIFE

JUNE 22, 2012

State Bar of Georgia Headquarters
104 Marietta St. NW • Atlanta

CLE Hours:
6 CLE Hours including 1 Ethics Hour

About the Program:
Litigation lawyering is in trouble. It is time for us to rededicate ourselves to the basic idea of obtaining justice for our clients, and doing so ethically, skillfully, and courageously. Lawyers who should be taking their cases to trial accept "case management" techniques designed to prevent trials and promote quick settlements.

Michael Tigar brings you nine rules for shaping and then trying your case, starting with your first client meeting. He discusses and illustrates …

  • how to investigate the facts before spending money on discovery;
  • how to develop the story of your case;
  • how to select and use experts; and
  • how to meet the other side's experts.

His compelling and practical ideas about litigation champion Tigar's firm belief that lawyering can be "exciting, heroic and moral." Tigar brings 40 years of litigation experience in state and federal courts across the country and in foreign lands. He believes that being a trial lawyer should be the most fun you can have in a profession. He also believes that you can, should and must understand the ways that ethical rules govern every aspect of your work. His presentation brings those rules to life in practical, memorable fashion.

Tigar’s presentation will inspire you. His message will engage and motivate you. The tactics he presents and the stories he tells will provide a memorable mechanism for incorporating the techniques into your practice. You will laugh, and you will be reminded why you wanted to be a lawyer in the first place.

7:45

Registration and Continental Breakfast
(All attendees must check in upon arrival. A jacket or sweater is recommended.)

8:30

Courage

  • Zeal, Lawyers and Jury Trial
  • Courage and Clarence Darrow
  • “Let’s Go to Trial”
  • Confronting the Judge; the Jurors’ Prejudice;
    the Public; the Media; and Your Colleagues

Rapport

  • Your Client and Your Team
  • Witnesses, Judges and Jurors
  • The Media

Skepticism

  • Skepticism and Trust With Your Client
  • Skepticism About Your Adversary
  • Cultivating Skepticism Among Jurors
  • Telling the Judge To Be Skeptical
10:00

BREAK

10:15

Observation

  • Learning to Observe
  • Using Others’ Eyes and Ears—and Insights
  • Ambiguity—For and Against You
  • Helping Jurors to Observe
  • Witnesses as Observers

Preparation

  • Say Your Case
  • Organizing Evidence and Exhibits
  • The Tasks of Trial
  • Arguing to Judges
11:45

Lunch (Included in registration fee)

12:15

Structure

  • Structure of Legal Rules
  • Structure of Your Team and Case Plan
  • Structure of the Courtroom
  • Structure of Opening Statement, Direct and Cross-Examination and Closing Argument

Candor

  • Your Candor
  • The Other Side’s Candor
  • The Judge’s Candor
  • Your Client’s Candor
  • The Witness’s Candor
1:45

BREAK

2:00

Empowerment

  • The Experience of Being a Juror
  • Transparency and Empowerment
  • A Template for Empowerment: Expert Witness
  • Don’t Send Flowers, Plant Seeds

Presentation

  • Dead Reckoning
  • Exhibits—Presentation by Showing and Telling
  • The Revised Ten Commandments
  • Markers, Tone and Words
  • Presenting Yourself
3:30
ADJOURN