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Basics Of Civil Practice – The Trial (2013)

Basics of Civil Practice – The Trial (2013)

Recorded November 21, 2013 at the New York State Nurses Association in Latham, NY (Albany).  This archived webcast is a video online program that you will view and listen to on your computer screen.

Total MCLE Credit 6.5 (3.0 in Professional Practice; 3.5 in Skills).  Newly admitted attorneys (less than 24 months) CANNOT receive New York MCLE credit for online programs.

This seminar will discuss basic trial techniques for civil litigation. The topics to be covered include all phases of the trial, from jury selection to summations. The program will also feature successful strategies for direct and cross examinations, as well as tips on technical aspects of civil trials, including making objections and motions during trial. The panel of speakers will share tips on tried and true trial tactics.


Topics to be discussed include:

A. Plaintiff's goals, strategies, preparation and techniques
B. Defendant's goals, strategies, preparation and techniques
C. Challenges: who, why and how to

A. Purpose and goals
B. Structure of the opening statement
C. Delivering the opening statement

A. Goals
B. Witness preparation
C. Story-telling and theme development
D. Order of proof and number of witnesses
E. Questioning techniques
F. Rules of evidence and direct examination
G. Introducing documents, photos and other visual evidence

A. Purpose and goals
B. Preparation for cross examination
C. Controlling the adverse witness
D. Safe areas of cross examination
E. Impeachment

A. Selecting the right expert
B. Proper 3101(d) expert response
C. Preparing the expert for trial
D. Qualifying the expert
E. Laying a proper foundation
F. Eliciting the expert's opinion and it basis

A. Motions in Limine
B. Protecting the record
C. How, when and why to object to questions and court rulings
D. Motions at the end of the case
E. Preparing the request to charge, verdict sheet and special interrogatories
F. The charge conference
G. Objecting to the Court's charge

A. Purpose of closing
B. Structure of the summation
C. Delivering the summation
D. Arming your favorable jurors to persuade during deliberations
E. Objectionable and improper remarks

Albany Faculty:


Timothy J. Higgins, Esq., Lemire Johnson, LLC, Attorneys At Law, Malta, NY


Timothy J. Higgins, Esq., Lemire Johnson, LLC, Attorneys At Law, Malta, NY

Justin O'Connell Corcoran, Esq., O'Connor O'Connor Bresee & First PC, Albany, NY

Mackenzie Curtin Monaco, Esq., Carter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Maloney & Laird, P.C., Albany, NY

Hon. Richard R. Maguire, Cohoes City Court, Cohoes, NY | Ryan M. Finn, Esq., Hacker Murphy, LLP, Latham, NY

Terence S. Hannigan, Esq., Hannigan Law Firm PLLC, Albany, NY

Christopher Baynes, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, Oil Spill Unit of the Civil Recoveries Bureau, Office of the Attorney General, Albany, NY

Total Credits: 6.50 | Skills: 3.50, Areas of Professional Practice: 3.00

Click "Add to Cart" to purchase full program or click a title below to purchase by topic.

 1  Basics of The Trial: Jury Selection (2013)
Areas of Professional Practice: 1.00
 2  Basics of The Trial: Opening Statement (2013)
Skills: 1.00
 3  Basics of The Trial: Cross Examination (2013)
Skills: 1.00
 4  Basics of The Trial: Direct Examination (2013)
Skills: 0.50
 5  Basics of The Trial: Experts (2013)
Areas of Professional Practice: 1.00
 6  Motions, Objections And Request To Charge (2013)
Areas of Professional Practice: 1.00
 7  Basics of The Trial: Summations (2013)
Skills: 1.00
Non-Member Price: $275.00
Published Date:
  • November 21, 2013
  • Online On-Demand
Product Code:
  • VDC31
Areas Of Professional Practice Credit(s):
  • 3.0
Skills Credit(s):
  • 3.5
Total Credit(s):
  • 6.5