Artists understand how to present complex ideas in an easily digestible manner—to focus your attention on the important theme or story within the broader landscape. Michael Tigar summons the works of great painters, poets and philosophers to give you a wealth of inspiration for defining the theory (not theories) of your case.
Witnesses can be fickle … memory too. Combined, they invite confusion at best and they can be a catalyst for catastrophe. Tigar offers practical, courtroom-proven tactics for preparing your witnesses and for preparing yourself to examine — direct and cross — with precision and clarity.
Even with a concise theory and precise exposition, the success of your client’s case ultimately lies in the minds of the judge and jurors. Well, the polarized climate that pervades the world outside the jury room does not cease to exist as jurors cross that threshold. Bridging the gap of strongly-held, yet opposing opinions among jurors requires early attention and continuous reinforcement. Michael’s observations and instruction will guide you toward successfully bridging the gap.
Ethical rules of are of course the basis for professional discipline. However, they are also guideposts for professional success. Michael exposes some subtle traps worthy of attention and goes further to explain how to incorporate the rules into your routine as a constructive and powerful force.
Join us for three hours of fascinating insights from one the the best trial lawyers this country has produced!
The Theory (not Theories) of Your Case
Choosing Your Themes, Testing Your Theory, Introducing the Judge and Jurors to Your Case. Some Real-World Successes (and Failures). The “hot button” issues in almost every case, and how to deal with them. Confronting judge and juror attitudes. Preventing your opponent from hijacking rational consideration of facts and issues.
Missed Opportunities: Using the Right Words—and Not Too Many of Them
Taking advocacy seriously: when you write or speak
15 Minute Break
Witness Preparation, Direct and Cross-Examination
The Tricks of Witness Memory
The First Question to Ask
The Ethical Traps into Which Even Good Lawyers Sometimes Stumble
The most frequent causes of professional discipline. The “true” rules of legal ethics and professional responsibility