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27th Annual Institute of Trial Practice - 2016
  • CA2487D

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About the Product

Sponsored by:

Skogen Engineering

Suzanne Williams

Who should attend:

  • Civil & criminal litigators
  • Personal injury litigators
  • Insurance attorneys
  • Torts lawyers
  • Prosecutors
  • Any attorney seeking trial experience

How you’ll benefit:

  • Learn trial skills in a unique demonstration setting
  • Explore techniques for effective openings, closings, and direct and cross examinations
  • Hear reasoning from plaintiff and defense attorneys about their approaches and strategies
  • See how to handle a language barrier during testimony
  • Find out how calling witnesses out of order can help your case
*Produced by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates

The thrill of the trial

Trial experience is hard to come by. You’re more likely to settle your case than have it decided by a jury. So what’s a lawyer looking for courtroom experience to do?
Immerse yourself in a true-to-life trial demonstration at the 27th Annual Institute of Trial Practice. State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® annually co-produces this seminar with the Wisconsin Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) – an elite, invitation-only, trial lawyer association whose mission is to preserve and teach the art of trial advocacy.

Learn from leading litigators

Your first time in a courtroom isn’t the time or place you want to be learning the basics of trial practice. This is your opportunity to benefit from the collective experience of seasoned ABOTA members. Observe the examples of fourteen veteran trial attorneys as they argue a real-life case in front of ABOTA’s 2016 Trial Judge of the Year.

  • Hear effective opening statements
  • Watch thorough direct and cross examinations
  • See powerful closing statements
  • Examine the varying styles, techniques, and nuances of each lawyer

Participating attorneys give you a behind-the-scenes experience by pausing throughout the trial to share the thinking behind their decisions and strategies. Plus, watch as the jury deliberates and decides the outcome.

NEW! Spanish-speaking witness

Find out what happens when the trial presenters are faced with the challenges of a language barrier. In this year’s case, one of the witnesses speaks only Spanish and requires a translator. The Wisconsin Courts Interpreter Program will supply the witness and interpreter.

ABOTA 2016 Case Synopsis

An elderly woman experienced a fall during her stay at a nursing home as she recovered from hip surgery. As ordered by her therapists, she moved from the dining hall to her room using a walker while a CNA followed with a wheelchair in case she became weak or fatigued. When she arrived back at her room and went to sit down, she fell to the ground and broke her other hip and her pelvis. Our jury will decide whether the CNA was negligent in not having the wheelchair ready or if the patient tripped and fell independently. Testimony will be heard from the plaintiff, the aid, a Spanish-speaking witness, the director of nursing, and liability experts.

Order in the court

Watch and learn from the best trial lawyers in the state and feel more confident about your next court case by attending the 27th Annual Institute of Trial Practice. Purchase today!

Original seminar date - 11/2/16 .

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