Masters of Litigation

The third annual joint seminar program presented by
Temple University Beasley School of Law and the American College of Trial Lawyers

November 1, 2019
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM (Lunch Included)

CLE: 3 substantive, 1 Ethics

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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. Skills covered will include the art of non-verbal communication; a master class in opening statements; ethics and civility in the litigation process; and an hour on mastery of evidence law and persuasion. This is the third of what is an annual collaboration between the ACTL and Temple Advocacy.  

Lunch will be provided.

Presented By


Hour 1
Temple Beasley School of Law, LL.M. in Trial Advocacy  Persuasive Communication: Nonverbal Cues and Advocacy

Persuasive Communication: Nonverbal Cues and Advocacy with a sub-concentration on the perceived impact of gender on persuasiveness.  While the focus will be on nonverbal communication and body language, we also touch on delivery as the fifth canon of classical rhetoric, utilizing voice, intonation, and silence to tailor delivery to desired outcomes.

Presenters:  Professor Marian G. Braccia (Director, LL.M. in Trial Advocacy) and Scott Gratson, Ph.D.; Ph.D. (Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Klein College of Communication and Director of Communication Studies) 

Hour 2
American College of Trial Lawyers, The Opening Statement – Style, Content, Delivery, Connecting With The Jury

Using transcripts from successful trials, each of the presenters will ‘perform’ portions of an opening statement to demonstrate content, the art of damage control, persuasion, and juror engagement; and then the presenter will dissect and elaborate on what was demonstrated.  Three openings will be presented, and full transcripts of the actual openings will be included in the CLE materials.

Presenters: Thomas J. Duffy, Esq; William Ricci, Esq., Kathleen Kramer, Esq.

Hour 3
American College of Trial Lawyers, Civility and Ethics

Civility – what it is, how it is essential even (and particularly) in an adversary system, and the connection(s) between civility and ethics.

Presenters: Joseph Crawford, Esq., Linda Dale Hoffa, Esq., John McShea, Esq.

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

This hour will focus on advanced evidence issues.  Special attention will be focused on the law and art of effective evidence argument to both the Judge and the jury.

Presenter: Professor Jules Epstein, Director of Advocacy Programs; Magistrate
Judge Richard Lloret


General Registrant ACTL Members Temple Law Alumni Public Interest Lawyers
$150 $125 $100


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