Hosted by the State Civil Litigation Section
A crucial skill for all litigators is the ability to highlight the weaknesses in an opponent's case through cross-examination. This series of CLE programs developed and presented by the Honorable Mark I. Bernstein (Ret.) and Larry Bendesky, superb trial lawyer from Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, among other skilled trial lawyers, will explore how to exercise essential legal, tactical and verbal skills to present an effective and successful cross-examination.
Learn, among other tools and techniques, where your preparation should begin, strategies for preparation, when NOT to cross examine, how to develop facts that help your case, tips for keeping control of the witness, effective use of documents/evidence and deposition, the use of tone and body language and use of technology.
In this series of CLE programs, attendees will learn fundamentals for a novice attorney executing their first cross-examination, as well as approaches for the most skillful attorneys dealing with a difficult witness. Panelists will offer guidance on the necessary structure and tools to create effective and impactful cross-examinations.
My First Cross Examination is Part I of this CLE series.
Finally, you get to do a real cross examination in a real courtroom!
- Where do you begin; how do you prepare?
- How do you determine the approach?
- How do you ask questions – in what order, in what form?
- What do you need to remember beyond don’t ask one question too many?
- What are the pitfalls?
Judge Bernstein and Robert N. Braker will tackle all of the questions you have been afraid to ask, and those you haven’t even thought of.
Attend one or all of the CLE programs in this series to make your first or next cross-examination the most effectual cross-examination you’ve given yet.