The Greatest Bench Slaps and How to Avoid Them


The Greatest Bench Slaps and How to Avoid Them

Start 12/13/2023 - 3:35 PM
End 12/13/2023 - 5:10 PM


Please note that your Zoom link will be titled ‘December 2023 Bridge the Gap: Killing it in Court (including individual sessions).’ You can use this link to attend this particular session of the Bridge the Gap program at its scheduled time.

Lawyers want to avoid receiving a slap from the bench and should act in a manner to avoid one at all costs.

Hear examples of conduct that resulted in bench slaps, as well as tips from an experienced litigator on how to avoid them.

Some of the topics to be discussed include:

  • Examples of poor oral arguments, as well as great oral tips
  • The need for clarity not complexity
  • Don’t argue; learn to persuade
  • Prepare
  • Prioritize
  • Learn to pivot
  • Answer a question directly and then explain
  • Proper decorum
  • Be candid
  • … and MORE!



Joel Oster, Litigator in private practice and Comedian of Law



2 NY Credits: 2 Skills; Transitional and Non-transitional; 2 NJ Credits: 2 General



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