POWERFUL WITNESS PREPARATION
In-Person Live Seminar
ITEM #:  1031502001   |   EVENT CODE:  289892    |   CREDIT STATUS:  APPROVED
MEMBER PRICE
$275.00
STANDARD PRICE
$335.00
MSBA MEMBER, NEW LAWYER, AND OTHER DISCOUNTS, IF APPLICABLE, WILL BE APPLIED DURING CHECKOUT.

MINNEAPOLIS

Monday, March 9, 2020

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM   |   Check-In:  8:30 AM

Minnesota CLE Conference Center

600 Nicollet Mall # 370

3rd Floor, City Center

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Powerful Witness Preparation

A Practical Guide for Lawyers

Dan Small, a highly-respected, experienced litigator – and witness expert – walks you through the methods, procedure and rules that will make your witness a powerful, compelling communicator. He will lead you through a focused discussion of the obstacles to effective preparation of lay and expert witnesses, and the solutions to overcome them.

Program Highlights:

  • Learn the step-by-step method to teach your client the basic principles of testifying.
  • Give your client the confidence to exercise the right, the responsibility and the tools to take control of their testimony.
  • Level the playing field where the questioner usually has the advantage.
  • Alert your client to the most common witness mistakes and share practical tips to avoid them.
  • Increase your expertise as an advocate and give yourself a winning edge in the litigation process.

What Past Attendees Say:

  • This program is essential: Mr. Small takes a task – which every lawyer thinks they know, but don’t – and persuades his audience that witness preparation is the most important aspect of the case.
  • Dan Small is perhaps the best speaker I’ve heard.
  • Well-planned, entertaining, and with a variety of examples to view – both on video and documentary.
  • One of the most practical programs I have ever attended – to the point and immediately useful.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
CHECK-IN & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST


9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
PART I

How to Produce Powerful Witness Testimony:  Bridging 3 Crucial Gaps 

  • The Perception Gap
  • The Conversation Gap
  • The Audience Gap

Understanding the Witness’s Needs

  • Treacherous Environment
  • Unnatural Environment
  • Deceptive Environment

Understanding the Audience: How to Humanize the Players and Simplify the Message

Understanding the Challenge: How to Avoid 10 Mistakes that Witnesses and Lawyers Make


10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
BREAK


10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
PART II

The Process:  Your Powerful Witness Preparation Checklist

  • Preparation – Key Steps
  • Preparation Checklist
  • Key Goals

The 10 Rules of Powerful Witness Preparation

  • Basic Principles
  • Framing the Message
  • Making an Impact


12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
LUNCH (on your own)


1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
PART III

Adapting to the Situation: Preparing Witnesses for Different Types of Testimony

  • Interview v. Testimony
  • Deposition v. Trial
  • Direct v. Cross

Keys to Working with Expert Witnesses

  • Role of the Expert
  • Expert/Attorney Relationship
  • Independence of Experts
  • Expert Communications


2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
BREAK


3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
PART IV

Ethical Challenges: Preparation Does Not Mean Coaching!
1.0 ethics credit applied for

  • Extremes and Reality
  • The Perjury Dilemma
  • Conventional Wisdom v. The New Order 

Core Themes and Home Bases

How the 10 Keys Become a Witness’s Bill of Rights


Presented by
Dan Small; Holland & Knight; Boston & Miami

Dan Small has built a brilliant career on his ability to prepare witnesses to be compelling advocates for his client, even if the witness is his client. As a federal prosecutor, general counsel for a healthcare management company, and as a partner at Holland & Knight, Small has used the same process that he will teach to you to introduce the witness to the foreign land of the deposition, hearing, or courtroom and to prepare them to tell the story in a way that connects to jury or judge and produces winning results. He is a respected author on this subject – Preparing Witnesses: A Practical Guide for Lawyers and Their Clients, (4th 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.

Dan Small is a faculty member of The Professional Education Group.

IN-PERSON LIVE PRESENTATION
Monday, March 9, 2020
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street & Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

IN-PERSON REPLAYS
There are no replays.

$275 MSBA member / $275 paralegal / $335 standard rate

Other discounts that may apply:

Scholarships available!
Need-based scholarships are available for in-person and online seminars. For further information or to obtain a scholarship application, contact us at 800-759-8840 or customerservice@minncle.org.

Minnesota CLE is applying to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 6.0 CLE credits, including 1.0 ethics credit. The maximum number of total credits attendees may claim for this program is 6.0 credits.

MEMBER PRICE
$275.00
STANDARD PRICE
$335.00
MSBA MEMBER, NEW LAWYER, AND OTHER DISCOUNTS, IF APPLICABLE, WILL BE APPLIED DURING CHECKOUT.
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