Witness Preparation

Problem Witness or Easy Fix? 
How To Tell When You Are Over Your Head With This Witness. Or Not.


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This lecture is offered on 
Thursday and repeated on Friday.

Thursday, May 10, 2018
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday, May 11, 2018
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Harrah's ResortAtlantic City, NJ

Katherine James, MFA &
Alan Blumenfeld

Act of Communication®
Culver City, CA


Kristen B. Miller, Esq.

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C.
Morristown, NJ

Michael S. Raff, Esq.
Raff & Raff
Paterson, NJ
Elizabeth Kronisch, Esq. 
Kronisch & Lesser, P.C.
Florham Park, NJ

James S. Lynch, Esq.
Lynch Lynch Held Rosenberg, P.C.
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

When do you know that you have a real problem witness who is going to need special help?

Or is this witness an easy fix for someone who has tools in their toolbox that you “just don’t have yet”?

The skills covered in this 3 hour session will include:

  • 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.
  • Attorneys learn how to listen to witnesses, read their body language and encourage trust and communication.
  • Attorneys learn rudiments of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Katherine James has been working to make attorneys and witnesses better courtroom communicators since 1977. Over 30,000 attorneys have taken ACT of Communication™ workshops that she developed with co-founder Alan Blumenfeld. She has helped take over 1,500 cases to trial and helped prepare literally thousands of witnesses, including experts of every stripe. She coaches witnesses and their lawyers to reach, persuade and activate jurors.

Alan Blumenfeld graduated with a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and earned his MFA at the American Conservatory Theater where he trained as a classical repertory actor. It was there in 1973 that he, and his wife Katherine James, began their life long collaboration as theater artists, teachers and visionaries – applying theater techniques to other disciplines, most notably the law. Alan is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants.

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ABOUT THE SEMINAR: The Boardwalk Seminar 2018 features 29 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.

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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)

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3.60 hours of total CLE credit.

Of these, 0.00 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism, 
and 3.60 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in 
civil trial law.

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

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

Course Materials
The seminar course materials will be online for attendees
to download on May 4, 2018.

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

Friday, May 4th 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 www.theCLEstore.org.


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