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4-Part Trial Practice Skills Development Series

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When: Wednesdays, Feb 6-Mar 6-Apr 3-May 1, 2019
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm
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Middlesex County Courthouse
56 Paterson Street
Courtroom 201
New Brunswick, New Jersey  08901
United States
Contact: Jonathan Cowles
732.828.3433, x. 102

Online registration is available until: 2/6/2019
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Trial Skills Development Series

Wednesday, Feb 6-Mar 6-Apr 3-May 1, 2019
Middlesex County Courthouse - Courtroom 201 - New Brunswick
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Hon. Alberto Rivas, AJSC

Hon. Jamie D. Happas, PJ, Civil

Hon. Michael Cresitello, Jr., JSC, Civil

Hon. Colleen M. Flynn, JSC, Criminal (invited)

Trial Lawyers:

Craig Aronow, Esq.; Bina Desai, Esq.; William Fetky, Esq.; Alyssa Gambarella, Esq.; John Gorman, Esq.; Robert Kenny, Esq.; Lynne Kizis, Esq.; Edward Kole, Esq.; Adam Rothenberg, Esq.; George Shamy, Jr., Esq.; Will Shih, Esq.; and William Waldron, Esq.

Part 1 - Pre-Trial Prep & Trial Prep
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 @ 1:30pm

  • Pre-Trial Trial Prep: Intake through Discovery
    • Developing a theory and theme to drive discovery
    • Identifying witnesses other than the parties at  intake
    • Thinking about evidentiary foundations during discovery
    • Considering motions in limine and required discovery to avoid/support
  • Trial Prep
    • Getting organized in cases w/less paper
    • Getting organized in cases w/more paper
    • Trial binders/Technology
    • Start with your closing
    • Telling your client’s story through witnesses and documents

Part 2 - Day One of Trial/Opening Statements
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 @ 1:30pm

  • Day One of Trial
    • Pretrial Conference
    • Pretrial Motions/Motions in Limine
    • Picking a jury – the process, use of open-ended questions, overview of mandatory voir dire
  • Opening Statements
    • Concepts/theories/applicable rules and case law
  • Direct Examination
    • Key concepts in direct
    • Direct of Plaintiff (experienced attorney and participant)
    • Direct of Defendant
    • Direct of police officer
    • Direct of  Fact Witnesses used to prove case

Part 3 - Cross Examination & Closing Arguments
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 @ 1:30pm

  • Cross Examination
    • Theory and concepts
    • Rules governing cross examination
    • Case law governing cross examination
    • Cross examination of the lay witness
    • Cross examination of a plaintiff
    • Cross examination of a defendant
  • Closing argument
    • Concepts and theory
    • Rules and case law
    • Use of demonstratives
    • The golden rule
    • Staying in bounds–pushing the envelope v. mistrial

Part 4 - Experts
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m.

  • Experts
    • The Rules of Evidence governing experts
    • Case law overview governing experts
    • Setting up trial testimony with a discovery deposition
    • Doing your homework—prepping for cross
    • 104 hearings
    • Qualifying an expert in New Jersey state court v. federal court
    • Direct examination of an expert
    • Cross examination of an expert

This series has been approved by the BCLE of the Supreme Court of NJ for 3.5 hours of total CLE credit each session, including credits towards civil trial certification. (NJ CLE Approved Courses are Recognized for Credit in NY.)


Co-Sponsored by the Union County Bar Association


MCBA|UCBA Member Tuition: $80 per session; $240 per 4-part series


Non-Member Tuition:  $160 per session; $480 per 4-part series


To RSVP:  Online RSVP | RSVP Form | Call 732.828.3433, x. 102

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