April 26, 2016 Session I
Trial Preparation– Superior Court Judge Mark Brain will discuss his thoughts on effective trial preparation and what typically works and what typically does not work. He also will discuss how trial preparation affects out comes. Melinda Manchester is a paralegal with Perkins Coie with over 30 years of litigation experience. She will discuss effective exhibit organization and ELMO presentation. Moderated by Phil Whitaker of Stegall, Katz & Whitaker.
Presenters: Hon. Mark Brain, Maricopa County Superior Court and Melinda Manchester, Paralegal Perkins Coie
May 24, 2016 Session II
Direct/Cross Examination: Participants will conduct and defend direct and cross examinations from a prepared case study, with guidance and feedback provided by experienced trial attorneys.
Presenters: Michael Obert, Esq. of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and Alicia Funkhouser of Ely, Bettini, Ulman & Rosenblatt
June 28, 2016 Session III
Opening/Closing Statements: This practical session will focus on the first and last opportunities to persuade a jury to follow your path out of the “jungle” that is a trial—opening and closing statements. Join us as we learn to practice these techniques with seasoned litigators who have successfully led several juries out of the jungle
Presenters: James Burr Shields at Milligan Lawless, P.C. and Susie Ingold from Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.