Negligence Law Section: Building Strong Relationships with Judges & Jurors

When:  Oct 10, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (ET)

Techniques to see, discover, and enjoy:

  • Increase the odds that jurors choose you, while you are choosing them.
  • Personalize the "blind date" of voir dire, and make it enjoyable for jurors and for you.
  • Use the judge's credibility to enhance your own credibility.
  • Use innovative, powerful techniques to leverage your relationships during closing arguments.
  • Consciously avoid common credibility-destroying mistakes.

Steve EastonSteve Easton is a trial lawyer and award-winning teacher who has excelled at trial in both law school and CLE classrooms. His energy and focused approach flawlessly translate into practical and entertaining CLE presentations.

He served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota and has tried cases in civil and criminal courts—in fact, with four trials in the past few years, Easton has now tried cases to successful jury verdicts from all four seats available to trial attorneys—prosecution, criminal defense, plaintiff’s attorney, and civil defense attorney. Easton spent four years as dean of the University of Wyoming College of Law, where is still a professor. He continues to hone his impressive litigation skills by actively trying cases even while serving as law professor and dean. Previously, he served as a professor of law at the University of Missouri Columbia School of Law. During his time in North Dakota, Easton was also a partner in the firm of Pearce & Durick, where he concentrated on product liability and insurance defense.

Easton was the recipient of the Richard S. Jacobson Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy from the Pound Civil Justice Institute and the Warren E. Burger Prize for scholarship concerning legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism from the American Inns of Court.

He is the author of three essential guidebooks for attorneys: Attacking Adverse Experts (ABA), How to Win Jury Trials: Building Credibility with Judges and Jurors (ALI-CLE), and Problems, Cases & Materials in Professional Responsibility (Thomson-West). He has also been published in both the legal and popular press, including The Federal Lawyer, The Practical Litigator, Stanford Law Review, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Easton received his B.A. from Dickinson State University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. 

Following the program there will be a discussion of the Summary Jury Trial pilot program:

A summary jury trial is a voluntary, binding jury trial, typically conducted in a single day before a panel of six jurors and presided over by the assigned judge, a judge appointed by the court, or a special hearing officer selected jointly by the parties. The summary jury trial process is intended to afford parties an efficient and economical means of resolving their dispute.

Check out this article from the February 2018 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal for more info.

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