Seminar Number

8405

 

Early
Registration Fee:

$245

On-Site
Registration Fee:

$265

 

National Speakers Series
REVISITING YOUNGER'S 10 COMMANDMENTS
An Update of Irving Younger's Classic Rules for Cross-Examination

DECEMBER 5, 2013

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

CLE Hours:
6 CLE Hours including 1 Ethics Hour and 6 Trial Practice Hours

About the Program:
Steve Easton rises to the task of revisiting Younger’s famous TEN COMMANDMENTS OF CROSS-EXAMINATION. Incorporating video clips from Younger’s masterpiece presentation, Easton takes a fresh look at the philosophy, psychology and physiology of credibility. He analyzes modern tools for preparing a witness to be credible and reflects on the skills that every lawyer must master to expose an adversary’s lack of credibility.

Easton will help you to reconcile the rules of evidence law and the modern considerations of the craft of advocacy. This fast-paced, multi-media program will entertain and provide invaluable, practical tips that every practicing lawyer—regardless of age, gender, experience or practice area—will benefit from.

7:45

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

8:30

Preliminary Thoughts About Cross-Examination

  • Terminology
  • The 3 Types of Cross-Examination
  • Required Elements for Successful Cross-Examination
  • Evidence Law Regarding Impeaching and Accrediting

The Law of Impeachment:  What You Can Ask About in Cross

  • Competence Factors
  • Special Modes of Discrediting
  • Reputation for Veracity
  • The Law of Accrediting: What You Can Do to Rebuild Credibility
10:00

BREAK

10:15

Irving Younger’s “TEN COMMANDMENTS OF
CROSS-EXAMINATION,” with a Few Additional Suggestions
Write Your Cross-Examination Questions in Advance

  1. Be Brief, Don’t Just Tell Them—Show Them!
  2. Ask Short Questions Using Plain Words Getting One Fact Per Question
  3. Ask Leading Questions
    Write Questions that Must Be Answered “Yes”
  4. Ask Only Questions to Which You Already Know the Answer—Be Ready to “Prove Up” Your Questions Immediately
  5. Don’t Let the Witness Merely Repeat Direct Testimony:
    Set the Trap Before Springing It
  6. Don’t Let the Witness Explain:  Secure Your Right to Control the Witness
  7. Listen to the Witness’s Answer:  Record Important Testimony in the Witness’s Own Words
  8. Don’t Quarrel with the Witness:  Do Not “Improve” the Witness’s Prior Statements
  9. Avoid the “One Question Too Many” Trap Stay Well Clear of “the Door”
  10. Save the Argument for Summation:  Resist the Temptation to Wrap Your Cross into a Neat Package
11:45

LUNCH (Included in registration fee)

12:15

Final Arguments Attacking Witness Credibility

  • Fact Witnesses
  • Experts

The Truth About Ethics and the Ethics About Truth

1:45

BREAK

2:00

Attorney Credibility

  • Understanding that Most Jurors Believe that Lawyers
    Cannot Be Trusted
  • Overcoming this Belief
3:30
ADJOURN