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On Trial with Judge Young

Confident, practical mastery of trial techniques, and the law of trial evidence

4:00-5:30 pm, Wednesday, March 16; 8:30-10:30 am, Wednesdays, March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 25, June 1; 4:00-5:30 pm, Wednesday, June 8, 2011
John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston
23 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

In cooperation with Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court, MCLE announces a unique dimension in continuing professional education for the trial bar. Commencing in March 2011, Judge Young offers an intensive twelve-week, limited-enrollment program leading to confident, practical mastery of trial techniques and the law of trial evidence, both state and federal.

The program meets from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Each weekly meeting concludes with an hour's observation of actual trials in progress (9:30-10:30 a.m.), followed in subsequent meetings with a careful discussion of the trial techniques and presentation. During the course of the program, participants also have the opportunity to discuss and observe firsthand motion practice, impanelment of juries, arguments concerning directed verdicts, closing arguments, and the judge's charge.

You will learn...

Learn the myriad techniques and procedures that emerge from thoughtful examination of the actual trial process. There is ample time for discussion of these and related matters. Program topics include:

  • The theory of relevance; logical and legal relevance; burdens of proof; standards of proof; the prima facie case; the burdens of production and persuasion
  • Trial preparation; interrogatory and deposition practice; video depositions; physical examinations, requests for entry on land, requests for admission; litigation support services; preparation of charts, summaries, and demonstrative aids; the time line; "waves" of discovery; multidistrict litigation practice; preparation of the trial book
  • Motion practice; forum shopping
  • Trial procedures; jury impanelment; taking objections and making the record; motions for directed verdicts; requests for jury instructions and findings and rulings; time limits; roles of the courtroom deputy clerk and court reporter and how they can help you
  • Direct and cross-examination techniques
  • Impeachment; grounds for impeachment and techniques
  • Arguments at trial; the opening statement; timing issues; closing argument; argument in rebuttal
  • The theory of the rule against hearsay
  • Experts; the law of expert testimony
  • Presumptions and judicial notice
  • Evidentiary foundations; the ARBPHU rule; the submission and use of tangible evidence


William G. Young, District Judge, of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, has been an active trial judge, serving on both the Massachusetts Superior Court and the U.S. District Court. A longtime teacher of evidence and trial advocacy, he is a member of the faculty of Boston College and Boston University law schools and has frequently served as a trial advocacy team leader at Harvard Law School and in MCLE's Summer Trial Advocacy Workshop. He is the author of numerous MCLE publications, including the highly acclaimed Reflections of a Trial Judge. An electrifying lecturer, Judge Young has specifically crafted this program to distill the very best of his thirty-nine years of teaching into a small group discussion format.

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Hon. William G. Young, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, Boston



  • $1295
  • $1095 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $895 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2006, pending admittees and law students
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