POWERFUL WITNESS PREPARATION: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR LAWYERS WITH DAN SMALL
Live Simulcast Seminar
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MEMBER PRICE
$245.00
STANDARD PRICE
$295.00
MSBA MEMBER, NEW LAWYER, AND OTHER DISCOUNTS, IF APPLICABLE, WILL BE APPLIED DURING CHECKOUT.

IN-PERSON PASSHOLDERS:
You may use your Pass to register for the live simulcast at no charge.

ONLINE

Monday, March 7, 2022

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

LIVE ONLINE ONLY – NO IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE
In-Person Passholders – You may use your Pass to register for the live simulcast at no charge.

Powerful Witness Preparation: A Practical Guide for Lawyers with Dan Small


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.

Dan’s presentation was tremendous. I have been trying cases for 20 years and I learned a lot about witness prep which I will use in my next trial, which is next month.

One of the most practical programs I have ever attended – to the point and immediately useful.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
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, (5th 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.


SCHEDULE:

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
JOIN ONLINE


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 BREAK


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

LIVE SIMULCAST
Monday, March 7, 2022
Attend online

$245 MSBA members / $245 paralegals / $295 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.

Minnesota CLE also has applied to the Minnesota State Bar Association for 6.0 civil trial specialist credits and 6.0 criminal law specialist credits.

MEMBER PRICE
$245.00
STANDARD PRICE
$295.00
MSBA MEMBER, NEW LAWYER, AND OTHER DISCOUNTS, IF APPLICABLE, WILL BE APPLIED DURING CHECKOUT.

IN-PERSON PASSHOLDERS:
You may use your Pass to register for the live simulcast at no charge.

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