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YLD State Court Trial Seminar
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When: 06/08/2018
1 - 5 pm
Where: George E. Edgecomb Courthouse
800 E. Twiggs St.
6th Floor, Courtroom 1
Tampa, Florida  33602
United States
Contact: Monique Lawson

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4.5 General CLE credits, including 1.5 Technology credits

This seminar will provide new lawyers and law students with a detailed overview and analysis of the state court trial process and the role that technology now plays in trial preparation and presentation.

Seminar location:

George E. Edgecomb Courthouse
6th Floor, Courtroom 1
800 East Twiggs St, Tampa, FL 33602

There will be a happy hour following the seminar at Yeoman's Cask & Lion, 202 N Morgan St.


Trial Preparation
Chris Knopik, Esq., Laser Spine Institute

• Written discovery, Depositions and Motion Practice
• Preservation and discovery of electronically stored information (ESI)
• Reviewing and managing ESI and metadata
• Taking video depositions and editing video depositions for use during trial
• Presenting ESI to the factfinder

Jury Selection
Kevin McLaughlin, Esq.,Wagner McLaughlin, P.A.

• Plaintiff and Defendant perspectives
• Function of Jury as fact finders and judges of the credibility of witnesses
• Individual questioning to elicit answers regarding prospective jurors’ interests and possible bias
• Pre-emptive and challenges for cause
• Online research and social media searches on potential jurors
• Using technology to sort and evaluate pools of potential jurors

Opening Statement
John A. Schifino, Esq., Burr & Forman
Patrick H. Dekle, Esq., Law Office of Patrick Dekle
Jessica Costello, Florida Attorney General's Office

• Civil and criminal perspectives
• Educating and persuading the jury
• Setting expectations
• Objections
• Using presentation software and visual aids

Direct and Cross Examination
Don Greiwe , Esq., Alley, Clark & Greiwe, P.A.

• Plaintiff and Defendant perspectives
• Techniques for direct examination, cross examination, impeachment and objections
• Authenticating ESI on direct examination
• Impeachment using video depositions

Closing Arguments
Dale Swope, Esq., Swope, Rodante P.A.

• Civil and Criminal perspectives
• Recapping the evidence
• Educating the jury on burdens of proof and legal standards
• Objections
• Using presentation software and visual aids

Judicial Panel
Judge Rex M. Barbas
Judge Michelle D. Sisco
Judge Christopher C. Sabella
Judge Cynthia Oster

• Effective trial advocacy techniques and common missteps
• Evidentiary objections and rulings
• Examples of effective use of technology in the courtroom
• When technology is persuasive
• How technology may be distracting

Seminar Cost

Regular members: $95
Non-members: $145
Government, student, affiliate members: $35
If you are a student or intern who is not a member of the HCBA, please call 813-221-7777 to register.

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