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26th Annual Institute of Trial Practice (11/5/15) On Demand
  • CA2329D

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Who should watch:

  • Personal injury litigators
  • Civil litigators
  • Criminal defense attorneys
  • Prosecutors
  • Insurance attorneys
  • Any attorney seeking trial experience

How you’ll benefit:

  • Learn trial skills in a unique demonstration setting
  • Hear analysis of how different techniques can be deployed in a trial setting
  • Understand what makes a closing argument compelling
  • See how jurors interact during deliberations

Co-produced with the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

About the Program:

Trial by experience

With fewer and fewer cases going to trial, firsthand courtroom knowledge is becoming difficult to acquire. Still, gaining practical trial experience is critical, which is why State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE and the Wisconsin Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) continue to work together to provide this popular trial demonstration, the 26th Annual Institute of Trial Practice.

Be a part of the action

Develop strong trial skills by watching experienced trial lawyers in action. Gain insight into their strategies from opening statements right up to the final verdict. Learn to craft gripping opening and closing arguments, and understand the tactics behind the examination of lay and expert witnesses. Hear straight from the presenters as to why they utilized one approach over another, and why they may have changed their approach based on cues they picked up on in the courtroom. Plus, see how their efforts impact the jury as the deliberations are shown on-screen and with a chance to ask the jury directly about the verdict.

In keeping with tradition, this year’s case will be presided over by the Wisconsin Chapter of ABOTA’s Judge of the Year, Hon. Richard J. Sankovitz, of Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Follow the Case from the Beginning

This year’s case involves a volunteer firefighter responding to a call late on a snowy night. On his way to the fire station, he slides through/runs a stop sign and collides with another vehicle, severely injuring a passenger. Get the case details, see accident reconstructions created by the expert witnesses, and find litigation resources at to help you prepare.

Immerse yourself in the pre-trial experience by watching How to Select a Jury: Demonstrations by Experienced Trial Lawyers. Watch as experienced trial lawyers voir dire potential jurors for the trial. Gain first-hand insight from veteran practitioners as they explain their reasoning behind the questions they asked, the strikes they made, and why they may have done it all differently in another situation.

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