Pro Bono Barrister: Two-part BBA “courtroom skills” series offers insights

May 5, 2014 By Charles F. Otey, Esq. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The BBA’s continuing legal education director, Meredith Symonds, has set up some vital programs in the next few weeks that will give even the non-trial lawyer some insights into trying jury cases.

On Wednesday, May 7, the first installment of  “Trial Techniques” will get underway at BBA Headquarters.  

“Whether you are just starting your trial practice, or have been amazing judges and juries for years,” the CLE director said, “this course is the first part of a ‘courtroom skills’ series that will provide attorneys with helpful tips for designing and performing excellent voir dire, oral argument and witness-questioning skills for the court.”

Part II of “Trial Techniques” gets underway eight days later, same time and place, and will focus on cross-examination and summation. Like Part I, participation that night will afford two CLE credits.

Symonds emphasizes that this part “will provide attorneys with helpful tips for designing and executing memorable cross-examinations of witnesses and closing arguments that can create an incredible impact on your case.”

Why does Symonds predict this two-part series will help attorneys learn how to conduct an “excellent voir dire?” Probably because the chief presenter will be Andrew Smiley, one of the negligence bar’s top performers.

The session is sponsored by the BBA’s Civil Court Committee, headed by Jeffrey Miller, with support from Leo Dunn-Fox of the Lien Resolution Group.

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