41st Annual Civil Trial Practice Institute: A Bridge the Gap for Litigators


41st Annual Civil Trial Practice Institute: A Bridge the Gap for Litigators

Recorded On 04/27/2018


Program Chair Robert Kelner, Kelner & Kelner, has brought together an extraordinary faculty of judges, experienced litigators, mediators and medical experts for the 41st Annual  Civil Trial Practice Institute. The INTERACTIVE program will take attendees through the entire state civil trial process. You will learn ways to develop and improve trial preparation and litigation techniques within the context of personal injury and commercial cases. This will also serve as an excellent refresher for more experienced practitioners.



Preparing for Trial

  • Civil Pre-Trial Practice: Commercial Litigation & Personal Injury Litigation
  • Preparation of Plaintiffs and Defendants
  • Conference and Settlement and Mediation in Commercial and Personal Injury Cases
  • Courtroom Techniques: Dealing with Expert Testimony and Hearsay
  • Courtroom Techniques


AGENDA Day 2: The Trial

  • Ethics and Civility in Litigation Practice
  • Voir Dire: Selecting Diverse Juries, Professionalism
  • How to Conduct a Voir Dire: Interactive Demonstration
  • Direct and Cross Examination of Lay and Expert Witnesses
  • Demonstration: Direct and Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses
  • Summations and Opening Statements



Program Chair: Robert Kelner, Kelner & Kelner Faculty: Clifford Aaron, London Fischer LLP; Alfredo J. Alvarado, Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer, LLP; Christopher D. Clarke, Leahey & Johnson, P.C.; Tracee E. Davis, Zeichner Ellman & Kraus, LLP; Hon. John DiBlasi (Ret.), Arbitrator & Mediator; Hon. Doris M. Gonzalez,Sup. Ct., Bronx County; Joshua Kelner, Kelner & Kelner; Robert Kelner, Kelner & Kelner; Hon. Frank Nervo, Sup. Ct., NY County; Timothy Nolan, Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP; Hon. Kelly O’Neill Levy, Sup. Ct., NY County; Jay Safer, Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP; Hon. Saliann Scarpulla, Sup. Ct., NY County, Commercial Division; Kimberly Schirripa,Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer, LLPLewis Tesser, Tesser, Ryan& Rochman, LLP; Dorothy Weber, Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman, LLP


15.5 NY CLE Credits; 3 Ethics, 6 Skills, 6.5 PP


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