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33rd Annual Institute of Trial Practice (ABOTA) 2023

Product ID: CA3523R12
Presented By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

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

Become a friend of the court

Having trouble gaining courtroom experience? Are you looking to sharpen your trial advocacy skills? Look no further than the 33rd Annual Institute of Trial Practice for an immersive learning experience designed to give you the strategies, techniques, and insights you need to excel in your next trial..

Prepare to be captivated by Wisconsin’s best trial lawyers as they demonstrate their expertise in a mock trial before the Hon. Scott L. Horne, the Wisconsin ABOTA Chapter’s Trial Judge of the Year.

Each side has the chance to display mastery in action as they present compelling stories and make their cases. Then, they’ll reveal the rationale behind their tactics during opening statements, witness examination, and closing arguments.

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Sponsored By

Court reporting services provided by:

Trial presentation services provided by:

RCS Consulting

    

Special thanks to Aquipt, Inc. and Sunset Playhouse for their work in support of this seminar.

Interested in sponsoring this program? Find out more.

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Webcast seminar
OnDemand seminar

Pricing

Member $329.00

Non-Member $429.00

Credits

10 CLE

Date and Time

Wednesday, May 22, 20248:00 AM - 6:00 PM CT

Add to Calendar 5/22/2024 8:00:00 AM 5/22/2024 6:00:00 PM America/Chicago 33rd Annual Institute of Trial Practice (ABOTA) 2023

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

Become a friend of the court

Having trouble gaining courtroom experience? Are you looking to sharpen your trial advocacy skills? Look no further than the 33rd Annual Institute of Trial Practice for an immersive learning experience designed to give you the strategies, techniques, and insights you need to excel in your next trial..

Prepare to be captivated by Wisconsin’s best trial lawyers as they demonstrate their expertise in a mock trial before the Hon. Scott L. Horne, the Wisconsin ABOTA Chapter’s Trial Judge of the Year.

Each side has the chance to display mastery in action as they present compelling stories and make their cases. Then, they’ll reveal the rationale behind their tactics during opening statements, witness examination, and closing arguments.

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

Become a friend of the court

Having trouble gaining courtroom experience? Are you looking to sharpen your trial advocacy skills? Look no further than the 33rd Annual Institute of Trial Practice for an immersive learning experience designed to give you the strategies, techniques, and insights you need to excel in your next trial..

Prepare to be captivated by Wisconsin’s best trial lawyers as they demonstrate their expertise in a mock trial before the Hon. Scott L. Horne, the Wisconsin ABOTA Chapter’s Trial Judge of the Year.

Each side has the chance to display mastery in action as they present compelling stories and make their cases. Then, they’ll reveal the rationale behind their tactics during opening statements, witness examination, and closing arguments.

Read More ↓

Sponsored By

Court reporting services provided by:

Trial presentation services provided by:

RCS Consulting

    

Special thanks to Aquipt, Inc. and Sunset Playhouse for their work in support of this seminar.

Interested in sponsoring this program? Find out more.

Program Directors

Mark E. Larson
Gutglass Erickson Larson & Schneider, S.C.
Milwaukee

Steven L. Nelson
von Briesen & Roper, S.C.
Milwaukee

Moderator

Michael P. Crooks
von Briesen & Roper, S.C.
Madison

Presiding Judge

Hon. Scott L. Horne
La Crosse County Circuit Court
La Crosse

Panelists

Emile H. Banks, Jr.
Emile Banks & Associates LLC
Milwaukee

Amy M. Risseeuw
Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.
Appleton

For the Plaintiff

Steven T. Botzau – Team Captain
Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C.
Racine

Gregory J. Egan
Egan & Richgels, S.C.
La Crosse

Lynn R. Laufenberg
Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs
Milwaukee

Molly C. Lavin
Habush, Habush & Rottier, S.C.
Waukesha

Thadd J. Llaurado
Murphy & Prachthauser, S.C.
Milwaukee

Kevin R. Martin
Martin Law Office, S.C.
Oak Creek

Jeffrey A. Pitman
Pitman, Kalkoff, Sicula & Dentice, S.C.
Milwaukee

For the Defense

Michael L. Johnson – Team Captain
Otjen Law Firm, S.C.
Waukesha

Kara M. Burgos
Moen Sheehan Meyer Ltd
La Crosse

Michael W. Gill
Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik
La Crosse

James S. Naughler
Moen Sheehan Meyer Ltd
La Crosse

Frederick J. Strampe 
Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen, S.C.
Milwaukee

Monte E. Weiss
Weiss Law Office
Mequon

8:00 AM Introductory Remarks by ABOTA President Jerome A.

8:05 AM Seat Jury/Remarks from Judge

Hon. Scott L. Horne

8:10 AM Opening Statements

Plaintiff: Steven T. Botzau
Defense: Michael L. Johnson

8:50 AM Examination of Plaintiff

Direct Exam: Kevin R. Martin
Cross Exam: Kara M. Burgos

9:35 AM Examination of Plaintiff 

Direct Exam: Kevin R. Martin
Cross Exam: Kara M. Burgos

10:00 AM Panel Discussion

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM Examination of Witness 

Direct Exam: Lynn R. Laufenberg
Cross Exam: Monte E. Weiss

11:00 AM Examination of Witness 

Direct Exam: Molly C. Lavin
Cross Exam: Michael L. Johnson

11:45 AM Panel Discussion

12:00 PM Lunch (on your own)

1:00 PM Examination of Plaintiff Expert

Direct Exam: Gregory J. Egan
Cross Exam: Michael W. Gill

1:45 PM Examination of Defendant

Direct Exam: James S. Naughler
Cross Exam: Jeffrey A. Pitman

2:30 PM Examination of Defense Expert 

Direct Exam: Michael W. Gill
Cross Exam: Gregory J. Egan

3:30 PM Panel Discussion

3:45 PM Break

4:00 PM Instruct Jury

4:05 PM Closing Arguments

Plaintiff: Thadd J. Llaurado Defense: Frederick J.

4:40 PM Panel Discussion

4:45 PM Jury Deliberation

5:45 PM Verdict/Panel Discussion/Questions to Jury

6:00 PM Program Concludes

  • Learn from the best trial lawyers in Wisconsin by seeing them in action
  • Know the best tactics for examining and cross-examining witnesses
  • Gain insight into the jury’s perspective by observing deliberations and post-verdict interviews
  • Hear about strategic decisions made by the litigators and see how the judge handles the proceedings
  • Civil litigators
  • Tort lawyers
  • Personal injury lawyers
  • Criminal litigators
  • Insurance lawyers

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When a forty-year-old collector of vintage outboard motors was on a test run with a motor he’d recently worked on, his boat collided with a boat belonging to a tournament fisherman. As a result of the injuries he sustained from the crash, the outboard motor collector died.

The issues at trial will include the speed and direction of each boat, the lookout of each boater, and whether either boater took evasive action. You’ll hear testimony from Department of Natural Resources investigators and see how they reconstructed the accident. Both sides have retained experts to opine on negligence issues, and the jury will be asked to assess the liability of each boater.

The Wisconsin ABOTA Chapter is sanctioned by the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to protecting the right to a civil jury trial established by the U.S. Constitution. To qualify as a member, attorneys must be nominated by another member, achieve at least six years of active experience as a trial lawyer, and have tried at least ten jury trials to conclusion over the course of their careers.

Volunteer members of the Wisconsin ABOTA Chapter present and co-produce this seminar. Their commitment of time, talent, and energy in service to the Bar is deeply appreciated.

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