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In-Person Program

On Trial with Judge Young

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

Orientation: 4:00-5:30 pm, Wednesday, September 7, 2011; Program: 8:30-10:30 am, Wednesdays, September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 2011; Final Meeting: 4:00-5:30 pm, Wednesday, December 14, 2011
John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston
25 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. Judge Young offers an intensive fourteen-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 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Each weekly meeting concludes with an hour's observation of actual trials in progress (9:30 a.m.-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.

This intensive program is for the attorney seriously preparing for or engaged in an active trial practice. Since the program proceeds through active discussion and clinical courtroom observation, enrollment is limited to ensure the greatest degree of individual participation.

You will learn...

Learn the myriad techniques and procedures that emerge from thoughtful examination of theactual 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

Conference schedule

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2011

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 2011

Final Meeting
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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



  • $1,295
  • $1,095 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $895 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2007, pending admittees and law students
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