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Trial Preparation From Start to Finish for Pennsylvania Paralegals

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As a litigation paralegal, you know how important your role is in trial preparation. With our veteran speakers, you'll examine your responsibilities and explore ways to do your job better, from the initial interview all the way through to settling the case. Take with you a wealth of information from the pros and learn about little-known resources for successful trial preparation.


This basic-to-intermediate level program is designed for paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries and other members of the law office support staff who want to sharpen their skills in every aspect of trial preparation from start to finish.



                                A.            Conducting the Initial Client Interview

                                B.             Investigative Techniques

                                C.             Obtaining Authorizations

                                D.             Setting Up the Case File

                                E.             Managing Issues of Privilege As Identified by the Supervising Attorney

                                F.             Drafting the Initial Pleadings


                II.             POWERFUL DISCOVERY TECHNIQUES

                                A.            Your Role in the Discovery Process

                                B.             Working With the Client to Get What You Need

                                C.             Using Informal Discovery and Public Sources of Information

                                D.             Using Formal Discovery Methods

                                                1.             Interrogatories and Requests for Admissions

                                                2.             Handling Requests for Production of Documents

                                                3.             Identifying Issues in Motions

                                E.             Assisting in the Deposition Process



                                A.            How to Organize Your Case Documents

                                B.             Developing Information Retrieval Systems

                                C.             Digesting, Abstracting and Indexing Documents

                                D.             Using Technology in Document Control


                IV.           GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR WITNESSES

                                A.            Identifying Potential Trial Witnesses

                                B.             The Client Witness

                                                1.             Preparing Your Client to Give Deposition Testimony

                                                2.             Preparing Your Client to Testify at Trial

                                C.             Working With Expert Witnesses

                                                1.             Locating the Qualified Expert

                                                2.             Deposition Preparation

                                                3.             Trial Preparation


                V.            ADDRESSING QUESTIONS OF ETHICS

                                A.            Avoiding Situations That May Expose You to UPL

                                B.             Requirements for Attorney Supervision

                                C.             Evaluating Conflicts of Interest



                                A.            Rules of Evidence You Need to Know About

                                B.             Gathering and Organizing Evidence During Discovery

                                C.             Preservation of Evidence

                                D.             Creating Demonstrative Evidence for Use at Trial

                                E.             Preparing Trial Exhibits That Get Results


                VII.          SETTLING THE CASE

                                A.            Tips for Assisting With Settlement Negotiations

                                B.             Mediation or ADR

C.                   Drafting Strategies



Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Procedure, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Litigation & Appeals, Litigation & Appeals
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 03/31/2004
Level: Basic
Category: Standard
Duration: 5 Hours, 46 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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