Video Introduction

Trial Advocacy at The Law Firm

Judge Mulroy presents this trial advocacy program at your law firm and CLE credits are available for the participants.

Mulroy, a veteran trial judge, and trial lawyer designed this interactive course to enhance the participants’ existing trial skills.

The attendees practice what they learned in the lectures and demonstrations and immediately receive constructive and insightful comments on their performances.

The course provides insights into effective courtroom advocacy, the jury, creative use of exhibits, effective opening statements, well organized and compelling direct examinations, successful cross-examinations, and persuasive and energetic closing arguments.

What Will be Covered?

Effective Courtroom Advocacy

Creative Use of Exhibits

Organized Opening Statements

Compelling Direct Examinations

Successful Cross Examination

Persuasive Closing Arguments

The Format

  • Session I (Courtroom Advocacy, Interacting with The Trier of Fact) and
  • Session II (Effective Use of Exhibits) consist of lectures and participant interaction and discusses: the jury and the judge, effective in- court presentations and the use of exhibits.
  • Sessions III-VI (opening statement, direct-examination, cross-examination, closing argument) begin with brief lectures and demonstrations and thereafter, each participant conducts a mock examination and/or argument.

Two optional sessions are:

  • Preparation 
  • Use of The Expert Witness and/or a complete trial.

Agenda Summary

(detailed course agenda is available upon request)

  • Courtroom decorum
  • Juror selection
    • Conducting Voir Dire
    • The alternates
    • How jurors are summoned
    • Who will be on the jury
  • Juror challenges
    • Preemptory and cause
    • The way jurors process information heard in court
  • Audio/visual presentation of evidence
  • How juries deliberate
    • The use and effectiveness of mock juries
    • The difference in presentation between bench and jury trials
  • Special problems during jury selection and trial
    • Missing juror, an inattentive juror or jury misconduct; and special issues relating to the bench trial.
  • Courtroom decorum
  • Juror selection
    • Conducting Voir Dire
    • The alternates
    • How jurors are summoned
    • Who will be on the jury
  • Juror challenges
    • Preemptory and cause
    • The way jurors process information heard in court
  • Audio/visual presentation of evidence
  • How juries deliberate
    • The use and effectiveness of mock juries
    • The difference in presentation between bench and jury trials
  • Special problems during jury selection and trial
    • Missing juror, an inattentive juror or jury misconduct; and special issues relating to the bench trial.