Seminar Number

8439

 

Early
Registration Fee:

$245

On-Site
Registration Fee:

$265

 

National Speaker Series
POWERFUL WITNESS PREPARATION

DECEMBER 18, 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

Co-Sponsor:
General Practice and Trial Section, State Bar of Georgia

About the Program:
Every caring lawyer involved in litigation has experienced the stress (trauma?) of wondering and worrying about witness testimony. Powerful Witness Preparation provides a modern prescription for persuasive verbal and non-verbal witness communications that will benefit every lawyer—regardless of experience (or inexperience).

About the Speaker:
Dan Small, a highly-respected, experienced litigator—and witness expert—walks you through the methods, procedure and rules that will make your witness a more powerful, compelling communicator. Small has worked in large and small firms, as general counsel of a healthcare management firm, and as a prosecutor for the U.S. Justice Department. He is a respected author on this subject—Preparing Witnesses: A Practical Guide for Lawyers and Their Clients, (3rd Edition, American Bar Association). Dan represents witnesses, plaintiffs and defendants in wide-ranging investigations and proceedings and in both civil and criminal litigation; that incredible breadth of experience is reflected in the bottom-line practical counsel he offers in this highly-acclaimed seminar. Developing expertise, or even modest success, in witness preparation takes years, trials and, for most lawyers, many errors. Small’s objective is to rapidly increase the learning curve while minimizing the pain inherent in inadequate or improper witness preparation. Invest one precious day to discover new tips, tactics and techniques that will make you a more effective advocate. Period.

7:45

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

8:30
  • Need
    • Environment
    • This is Not a Conversation

  • The Challenge
    • Three Mistakes Witnesses Make
    • Seven Mistakes Lawyers Make

  • The Process
    • Preparation—Key Steps
    • Preparation Checklist
    • Key Goals
10:00

BREAK

10:15
  • The Rules
    • Basic Principles
    • Framing the Message
    • The 10 Rules
    • Making an Impact
11:45
Lunch (Included in registration fee)
12:15
  • Ethical Challenges
    Preparation Does Not Mean Coaching!

  • Adapting to the Situation
    • Interview v. Testimony
    • Deposition v. Trial
    • Direct v. Cross
1:45
BREAK
2:00
  • Special Witness
    • Expert Witness
    • Physician Witness
    • Former Employee Witness
    • Criminal Defendant Witness
    • Party Witness

  • Core Themes/Home Bases

  • Conclusion
3:30
ADJOURN