Continuing Legal Education

Civil Practice and Procedure: Trial Practice 2017

May 12, 2017
8:50 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
7.00 MCLE hours, including 7.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)
Or Online Course

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Don’t miss this in-depth look at the different stages of trial –
from voir dire through closing arguments!

Perfect your trial practice skills with this full-day seminar that not only walks you through each step of the trial process, but also shows you how technology can help you flawlessly deliver your case to the courtroom. Trial attorneys with intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will learn:

  • How to get rid of biased jurors during voir dire;
  • The importance of a well-told opening statement;
  • How to prepare your next witness for direct examination;
  • How to question lay and expert witnesses during cross examination;
  • Which high-tech tools can help you present your next big case;
  • The value of demonstrative exhibits and technology to engage your jury;
  • How to prepare a powerful and persuasive closing argument;
  • What attorneys have done right (and wrong) in trial as experienced by one retired judge; and
  • The common incidents that lead to malpractice.


Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Richard L. Turner, Jr
., Turner & Sackett, LLC, Geneva


NOTE: Registration to the CHICAGO program includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nominal fee via the registration page. LIVE WEBCAST registrants can access the PDF course materials via the web portal on the day of the seminar.




8:50 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.  Voir Dire: Designing Questions That Discover Negative Juror Bias and Prove a Winning Challenge for Cause* 
Learn how to connect to the jury with Kurt Lloyd’s proven tips and techniques, as well as how to get rid of bad jurors and how to successfully present the theme and theory of your case.
Kurt Lloyd, Lloyd Law Group, Ltd., Chicago

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.  Opening Statements*
Opening statements allow you to prepare the jurors for the case they’re about to hear. It’s a short story – and hopefully one that you’ve told well. Discover how to effectively structure your opening statement in such a way that the jurors understand the nature of the dispute and know what you plan to prove.
P. Shawn Wood, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  Direct Examination*
This segment gives you the tools you need to prepare your next witness, and explains how the proper questions can help (or hinder) the theory of your case.
John M. Stalmack, Ruberry, Stalmack & Garvey, LLC, Tinley Park

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Cross Examination*
Join us for a discussion on how to properly prepare for the cross-examination of lay and expert witnesses. Topics include: concessions; impeachment; using learned treatises to cross examine experts; and other techniques.
Patrick M. Kinnally, Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur, P.C., Aurora

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Technology in the Courtroom*
It all started with OJ Simpson: high-tech tools were used by both sides of the case to present key evidence to the jury and, from that point forward, attorneys began to realize the value of technology in the courtroom. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from James Herrity – a trial presentation expert who has been involved in some of the largest cases throughout the U.S. and has been hired by the largest law firms in the country to assist in multi-million dollar cases – as he discusses how technology can help you present your next case.
James Edward Herrity, LitOptix, Florida

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.  Demonstrative Evidence*
This presentation explores the practical use of demonstrative exhibits and technology to engage your jury and assist them in understanding your client’s case.
Timothy J. Cavanagh, Cavanagh Law Group, Chicago

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by the Illinois Bar Foundation

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.  Closing Arguments*
For this session, the speaker discusses how to effectively bring your case and your theory together into a powerful, concluding presentation.
Kimberly A. Davis, SpyratosDavis, LLC, Lisle

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.  View from the Bench*
In this presentation, Judge Hartigan – a retired Circuit Court Judge from Cook County – shares his observations and experiences regarding effective and ineffective lawyering during trial.
Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.), Resolute Mediator, Chicago

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  Avoiding Malpractice*
This comprehensive overview explores the common incidents of malpractice and how to avoid becoming a malpractice defendant.
Robert T. Park, Califf & Harper P.C., Moline
George W. Spellmire, Jr., Spellmire Law Firm, LLC, Chicago