In-Person Program

Making Effective Oral Arguments

Practical tips on strategies, preparation, and presentation

Thursday, 10/13/2011, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
4 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

If you are well prepared for it, oral argument is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can undergo as an attorney. If you are not well prepared, it can be one of the most humiliating. At its best, oral argument presents the opportunity to have a stimulating dialogue with the Court. It's your chance to effectively present the points most persuasive to your client's case, and within the context of pretrial practice, to convince the Court to preclude or allow evidence pivotal to your or your opponent's case. At its worst, oral argument can be merely a droning verbal rehash of the points already laid out in the brief. How do you plan for and make a successful argument?

Join MCLE's faculty as they provide you with practical tips and pointers on how to strategically prepare and present your next oral argument. The experts offer advice on effective presentation throughout all phases of trial—from pretrial, dispositive and trial motions to pre-judgment relief and appellate advocacy. Whether preparing for your first appearance or your fiftieth, this program is designed to help you persuasively and confidently advocate your case in court.

Agenda and written materials

  • General Rules for Effective Advocacy
  • Special Considerations when requesting Pre-judgment Relief
  • Pre-trial Motion Practice—Motions to Compel Production of Documents, DepositionTestimony, Etc.
  • Presenting Dispositive Motions
  • The Proper Way to Handle Trial Motions
  • Making the Argument on Appeal
  • "Ask the Experts" Question and Answer Session

Table of Contents


Margaret M. Pinkham, Esq., Pinkham Busny LLP, Woburn


David B. Mack, Esq., O'Connor, Carnathan, and Mack LLC, Burlington
Paul W. Shaw, Esq., Verrill Dana LLP, Boston
Matthew J. Tuttle, Esq.,



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  • $165 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2007, pending admittees and law students

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