Michael R. Fontham, Esq. engages in a civil litigation practice as a partner in the New Orleans law firm of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C. His practice involves commercial disputes before state and federal courts and regulatory agencies, and includes contract disputes, utility rate matters, public interest cases and varied commercial cases. Fontham is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School. He teaches evidence as an adjunct professor at the Tulane University Law School and at the LSU Law Center. He has been an instructor in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) at the University of Virginia since 1983. He lectures frequently on trial advocacy, appellate advocacy and evidence, has taught advocacy skills courses at the Law School at Loyola University, and has taught in the Louisiana Judicial College. Fontham is the author of Trial Technique and Evidence (Third Edition, 2008), a text on trial advocacy and evidence. He also authored Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy: In Trial and Appellate Courts (2002) (with Michael Vitiello and David W. Miller), a treatise on brief writing, oral argument and appellate practice that expands and updates his Written and Oral Advocacy (1985). He has authored and delivered lectures on trial and appellate advocacy, evidence, utility regulation, and other issues.
Getting the Most out of Direct and Cross Examination
CLE Credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)
The presentation will discuss trial planning, identifying points to prove the evidentiary presentation, structuring the presentation and the formation and linkage of questions for maximum impart. The speaker will describe how to control the witness’s testimony in both direct and cross-examination. He will explain how to achieve emphasis, including the use of specific, close-end questions, folding important information into questions, and using exhibits.
This course is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.
Key topics to be discussed:
• Planning direct and cross-examination around essential points
• Controlling witness testimony to achieve the best impact
• Using prior testimony or statements to secure concessions on cross-examination
• Using impeachment to discipline a difficult adverse witness
Date / Time: February 11, 2019
• 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
• 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
• 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
• 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific
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• On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.
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