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In-Person Program

Mock Trial of an Eviction Action in Housing Court

Effectively representing landlords and tenants in an eviction case at the Housing Court

Tuesday, 1/30/2018, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
3 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

Eviction actions can be easy to start and difficult to try. The presentation of information can be complex and challenging, particularly in the context of the fast-moving summary process procedure. 

This innovative program demonstrates and explains effective techniques for presenting and defending a winning case before the Housing Court. The panel of seasoned eviction attorneys share their practical ideas, techniques, and strategies for presenting your client’s claims at trial, using mock direct and cross examinations of the landlord and tenant. Hear first-hand from the Judge what presentation styles, techniques, and strategies were persuasive and effective. This fast-moving program, geared toward practitioners with knowledge of the basics of landlord-tenant law, focuses on strategies for effectively litigating in the Housing Court. Bring your questions for a highly focused learning experience!

Setting an Overall Strategy for Trial
Properly Preparing for Trial: Using a Trial Notebook
How to Evaluate Your Case to Prepare for Trial
Effective Use of Pre-Trial Conferences to Define Issues at Trial
Pre-Trial Motions and Strategy
Preparing Witnesses for Trial
Mock Direct and Cross-Examination of Witnesses
Effective Objections
Opening and Closing Statements
Creating a Complete Record
Recovering from Setbacks
"Ask the Experts" Q&A Session

Special Program Materials:

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Catherine F. Downing, Esq., Law Offices of Catherine F. Downing & Associates, Boston


Michael J. Louis, Esq., Boston Housing Authority, Boston
Serena D. Madar, Esq., Law Offices of Serena D. Madar, Quincy
Hon. Jeffrey M. Winik, Eastern Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston



  • $220.50 - MCLE Sponsor Member
  • $183.75 - New Lawyer
  • $183.75 - Pending Admittee
  • $183.75 - Law Student
  • $183.75 - Paralegal
  • $245.00 - All Others

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