Masters of Litigation

The Second Annual Joint Seminar Program Presented by Temple University
Beasley School of Law and the American College of Trial Lawyers
November 2, 2018
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Lunch Included)
CLE: 3 Substantive, 1 Ethics*
(ethics interwoven across 4 hours)

2019 Masters of Litigation

About the Program

Mastery of litigation skills is the hallmark of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and Temple’s Advocacy Program. This 4 hour CLE, with one ethics credit and three substantive credits, will teach advanced advocacy skills. The program will begin with a master’s approach to the cross-examination of an expert witness and an hour on the art, technique and limits of using technology in the courtroom.  For an alternative approach to polishing advocacy skills there will be a one-hour ‘lessons from Hollywood’ survey of advocacy in film, and the program will conclude with a ‘master class’ in the law of Evidence. This is the second of what is an annual collaboration between the ACTL and Temple Advocacy.

Lunch will be provided.

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8:30-9 a.m.  Coffee, juice and pastries.

Hour 1: American College of Trial Lawyers, Examination of Expert Witnesses

How to prepare for direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses, how to examine the expert, use of exhibits in the examinations and anticipating problem issues in your case.

Presenters: Thomas J. Duffy, John P. McShea, III and William J. Ricci

Hour 2: American College of Trial Lawyers, Effective Use of Technology in the Courtroom

Effective uses of technology at trial, focusing on uses of technology at different stages of the trial (e.g., opening, direct, cross, closings) and in different types of trials (e.g., complex document cases (civil/criminal), less complex trials).

Presenters: Catherine Henry and Linda Dale Hoffa

Hour 3: Temple University Beasley School of Law, LL.M. in Trial Advocacy, Advocacy Lessons from Hollywood

Using clips from a number of movies, some well known and others likely to be novel to the audience, this session will look at how well (or poorly) film portrays lawyering skills and what lessons in the art of advocacy may be gained when ‘art imitates life.’

Presenter: Professor Marian Braccia, Director, LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program


Hour 4: Temple University Beasley School of Law, Mastery of Evidence Law

This hour will focus on advanced evidence issues and the occasional ethical condundra they present. Special attention will be placed on the day’s subjects, particularly Evidence law and courtroom technology and Evidence law and experts.

Presenter: Professor Jules Epstein, Director of Advocacy Programs