Act of Communication

Problem Witness or Easy Solution?

Prepping the Lay and Expert Witness
For Deposition and Trial


Wednesday, August 5, 2020
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Harrah's Resort, Atlantic City, NJ

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Katherine James, MFA
Alan Blumenfeld, MFA

Act of Communication™
Culver City, CA

Andrew Caple-Shaw, Esq.
Act of Communication™
Nashville, TN

Program Moderators:
Jacquelyn R. Matchett, Esq.
Costello & Mains, LLC

Mt. Laurel, NJ

Daniel E. Rosner, Esq.
Rosner Law Offices, P.C.
Vineland, NJ

Restricted to Regular Members Only*!

Act of Communication™ Katherine James, Alan Blumenfeld and Andrew Caple-Shaw are back at the Boardwalk Seminar. 

They have come armed with Katherine’s nationally recognized Witness Preparation secrets in order to help you answer that age old question: “Does this witness I’m working with have a serious problem, or is there an easy fix and I just don’t have the tools in my toolbox to fix it?”

It is the most rigorous and informative Witness Preparation Workshop an attorney can take.  It combines the skills of the litigator, the psychologist, the educator, and, of course, the theater artist – skills that all attorneys must have in order to be successful with each witness.  As with all Act of Communication™ Workshops, each unit of learning consists of fully participatory exercises.

AAJ Press will be releasing Katherine James' book on Witness Preparation, THE SECOND BEST LIFE IN THE WORLD: A Witness Preparation Guide to Human Damages.

First part of the session focuses on learning skills from disciplines in which most attorneys have little or no experience which are applied to the task of Witness Preparation.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

11:30 am - 12:00 pm 

Lunch • Seminar Room

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

• Abandoning the “lecture” model of witness preparation.
• How to tell the difference between a witness symptom and a witness disease.
• The importance of building a unique way to approach preparing the needs of each individual witness.

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
• Attorneys learn how to listen to witnesses, read their body language and encourage trust and communication.
• Active Listening Exercise I
• Active Listening Exercise II
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Processing Modes
• Attorneys learn rudiments of NLP (Neuro-Linguisic Programming)
• Attorneys learn importance of figuring out if witness is primarily visual, auditory or kinesthetic.
• Attorneys learn how to use this information to best communicate with individual witness.
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Learning Styles
• Attorneys learn how they themselves learn best.
• Attorneys learn advantages and pitfalls of their own learning styles when it comes to teaching witnesses.
• Attorneys learn how to identify individual learning styles of witnesses.
• Attorneys learn how to use this information to best teach witness what witness needs to learn about basic common witness issues.
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Coffee Break
Now it is time to apply the skills learned in the first part of the afternoon to the witness preparation room. In addition, specific “forms” – formats of how to think through questions and respond – for deposition and trial are taught. Troubleshooting experts is examined. Throughout, attorneys’ individual preparation demeanor is critiqued and improved. Finally, attorneys’ questions about individual problem witnesses they are dealing with are answered and solutions are offered.
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
• Attorneys learn “form” of deposition.
• Special considerations for video taped depositions.
• Identifying and assessing witness “symptoms” in deposition training process.
• Identifying and solving attorney “issues” in deposition training process.
• Figuring out how many sessions this witness needs.
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
• Attorneys learn “form” of direct.
• Attorneys learn “form” of cross.
• Costuming for the courtroom.
• Special issues in Arbitration and Bench Trials.
• Multiple witnesses – efficient preparation model.
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Expert Witnesses
• Training novice experts.
• Handling experienced prima donnas.
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Troubleshooting Individual Witnesses

• Attorneys present individual witness problems for which solutions are offered.
• Attorneys present general witness issues they still find troubling for which solutions are offered.


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Regular Members Only! The seminar is offered as a service to Regular* Members of NJAJ only. If you would like to join NJAJ, you can call NJAJ Headquarters at 609.396.0096 or you can submit an application at our web site ( and click on Join NJAJ.

*A Regular Member is an attorney, who, for the most part, represents the plaintiff in personal injury cases.

ABOUT THE SEMINAR: The Boardwalk Seminar 2020 features 31 seminars over three days. The advantage of this unique format is that you may move from seminar to seminar, hearing different topics as desired and thereby creating a seminar tailored to your specific needs.

* * * Special Offer * * *
Join NJAJ & Save $300 on Boardwalk Seminar registration.

If you join the New Jersey Association for Justice when registering for the Boardwalk Seminar 2020, you will receive the member registration fee ($200 less than the non-member rate) and as a part of this special offer you will receive an additional $100 off of the registration fee. Join NJAJ.

MCLE Credits
New Jersey - (Earn 3.30 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits)
New York - (Earn 3.30 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits - pending)
Pennsylvania - (Earn 3.0 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits - pending)

Full-Time Judges, Full-Time Law School Professors, 
Judicial Law Clerks & Law Student Members

Registration is complimentary for the seminar.
Pre-registration is required.

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the
Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3.30 hours of total CLE credit.

Of these, 0.0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism,
and 3.30 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law

Course Materials
The seminar course materials will be online for attendees
to download on July 31, 2020.

Onsite/Door Registration: 
An additional $25 will be added to all program fees for onsite registration.

Cancellation Policy: 
Friday, July 31st is the last day for a refund (minus $20).
All cancellations must be in writing.

After Friday, cancellations and no shows will receive a credit (minus $20)
automatically good for 1 year for a future seminar or an on-demand seminar at


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