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Civil Trial Advocacy: MCLE BasicsPlus!®

A day in court with commentary by a Superior Court judge and expert practitioners

Wednesday, 10/19/2011, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
6.5 substantive credits, 1 ethics credits
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Why attend?

Successful trial lawyers always tell novice attorneys that an excellent way to become a better trial lawyer is to sit in court and observe veteran trial lawyers in action. But have you ever satin court and wondered why an attorney was pursuing a particular line of questioning? Have you ever wished that a seasoned litigator was sitting by your side and explaining trial strategy to you? If you have ever wanted to hear a trial critiqued by the experts, don't miss this unique opportunity to spend a "day in court" with four veteran trial attorneys and a sitting Superior Court judge.

At Civil Trial Advocacy: MCLE BasicsPlus!, two highly experienced trial attorneys present a one-day trial from start to finish. Each step of the trial is preceded by a brief narrative highlighting what is expected during that phase of the trial. After each segment, a Superior Court judge and a veteran litigator critique the attorneys' performances. Instead of listening to lecturers present the "how-tos" of trial advocacy, you actually have the opportunity to learn by observing the experts. Equally important, you benefit from the expert trial commentary provided by the panel of litigators and a judge.

Agenda and written materials

  • Opening Statements: Lecture, Demonstration of Plaintiff's Opening Statement, Demonstration of Defendant's Opening Statement, Analysis and Critique
  • Direct and Cross-Examination: Lecture, Demonstration of Direct Examination of Defendant's Experts, Analysis and Critique, Demonstration of Direct Examination of Defendant's Expert, Demonstration of Cross-Examination of Defendant's Expert, Analysis and Critique
  • Closing Arguements: Lecture, Demonstration of Defendant's Closing Arguement, Demonstration of Plaintiff's Closing Arguement, Analysis and Closing
  • "Ask the Experts" Q&A Session

Table of Contents


Hon. Paul D. Wilson, Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston


Hon. Dennis J. Curran, Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Wellesley Hills
Warren F. Fitzgerald, Esq., Fitzgerald Dispute Resolution LLC, Boston



  • $245
  • $225 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $165 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2007, pending admittees and law students
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