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CLE# 2012-021: Turbo Charge Your Advocacy: From Initial Client Interview to Closing Arguments

Credits: 5.0 General / 1.0 Ethics

Date: Monday, August 27, 2012

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8:00 a.m. Registration Begins 

8:30 a.m. Pretrial advocacy – Tips, ideas and practical solutions

• Initial client interview: establishing the relationship; getting things right from the start

• The first 90 days: developing a winning strategy

• Initial case analysis: too often overlooked; a critical element for effective representation

• Effective discovery techniques: getting what you need, without getting bogged down

• Considering ADR: effective mediation techniques

• Ethical issues in pretrial advocacy

 12:15 p.m. Lunch – on your own

 1:15 p.m. Being the Best Trial Lawyer You Can Be - Tips, ideas and practical solutions

• Developing a winning case theme: the foundation for everything else you do

• Getting the most out of jury selection: integrating your themes and discovering bias

• Opening statements: where your case can be won or lost

• "Show the Tell": (not show-and-tell); using visual and demonstrative aids most effectively

• Witness examination: do’s and don’ts for direct and cross

• Closing arguments: why you should win, (not: what the evidence has been)

• Ethical issues from trials 

4:00 p.m. Adjourn

Mark W. Bennett was appointed a United States District Court Judge in the Northern District of Iowa on August 26, 1994.  On January 1, 2000, he became Chief Judge of the Northern District and served in this capacity for seven years.  Judge Bennett had previously served, from December 2, 1991, as a United States Magistrate Judge in the sister district, the Southern District of Iowa.  Judge Bennett graduated from the Drake University Law School in 1975. Upon graduation, he started his own law firm in Des Moines, Iowa, in the basement of a long since demolished building.  The firm eventually became Babich, Bennett & Nickerson.  During more than sixteen years, his extensive practice in employment discrimination, constitutional law, and other civil rights litigation took him to more than 50 state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States resulting in more than 70 reported decisions, including arguing Evans v. Oscar Mayer Co., 441 U.S. 750 (1979), in the United States Supreme Court.  As a young lawyer before the age of 35, he had 3 certiorari petitions in a row granted in the United States Supreme Court.

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