Advanced Cross-Examination Techniques
About this Program
Experienced criminal attorney Rocco C. Cipparone presents a point-by point guide for conducting a compelling cross-examination. Using real world criminal case examples such as his involvement in the Fort Dix terrorism case, Cipparone demonstrates the construction of case theory, the substance-based organization of evidence, how to formulate and drive home a theme, and the importance of staying on course. Mr. Cipparone also covers the topics of witness impeachment and means by which attorneys can coopt their opponents’ evidence for purposes of their own.
I. Cross Examination Tenets
II. Advanced Cross- Examination Strategies
III. Review of 2008 Fort Dix Terrorism Case
IV. Additional Tips and Techniques
Great! One of the best lectures I've heard on practical trial considerations.
Engaging speaker. Nice use of real examples to drive home principles.
Really excellent and informative and easy to listen to.
Excellent presentation. Actual transcript examples very helpful in illustrating points.
very effective presentation
This experienced practioner shares his robust insight.
Excellent course and very good presenter.
Very interesting and well presented. Mr. Cipparone's use of frequent examples from a recent case greatly increased the impact and understandability of his training points.
A must see for any trial attorney
Very strong speaker. Articulate and knowledgeable.
The presentation held my attention from beginning to end. I was very impressed.
good real life examples
excellent course,excellent speaker and very good materials.
Good use of real life examples to illustrate technique
Excellent course. The speaker is well spoken and makes numerous good suggestions on how to approach cross-examination, including not taking it chronologically and impeaching witnesses through other witnesses.
Very good real-life examples
Very thought provoking. Learned a few nuggets.
Good use of a concrete example.
very good presentation. Coherent, organized, helpful
very good presentation; very articulate presenter
great seminar. one of the best.
Most interesting and informative one I've viewed so far. Thank you.
the actual trial examples were both interesting and helpful.
All lawyers who cross examine for a living should take the time to watch a master.
Best I have viewed so far
I highly recommend this course to all attorneys
The best one I have seen online. Excellent.
That was simply a concise and excellent presentation.
I appreciate the way Mr. Cipparone integrated his presentation into his written materials. Both reinforced the primary message of his course, that a cross-examination is best organized thematically, not in rote chronological order, and he offered a number of detail suggestions that clearly arose not out of a bland abstract, but from experience garnered in the course of his own trial work.
Speaker was very dynamic with excellent real life examples.
Excellent. One of the best programs i have watched. Great examples and very engaging, and I am a commercial litigation attorney, not a crimial attorney.
good presentation,many helpful techniques
Great product for the price.
Good job focusing on one case example and using it throughout the lecture.
rocco is very sharp
Outstanding! Eloquent presentation by a trial attorney who is obviously at the top of his game.
experienced trial attorney conveyed useful trial strategies.
Excellent use of real-life examples.
great use of actual cases and transcripts
Mr. Cipparone has been the best yet! Every word he spoke increased my desire to better prepare for cross examination. Excellent course.
Mr. Cippparone shows us the value of using damaging cross-examination when it does the most good, instead of routinely going through it at the beginning of an X-C, When it has less impact.
Excellent! One of the best.
Probably the best presentation on cross examination I've ever seen.
The best of all seminars I have viewed
Rocco is very engaging. he gives great examples and speaks with authority on the subject matter.
Excellent! The stories about the Dix plot were interesting and on point.
Excellent substance and transfers well to civil context even though presenter's experience is with criminal.
Beyond informative, enjoyable.
Excellent organization and presentation.
This lesson was very clear and concise, which is perfect for the subject matter. Well done!
Rocco made the subject so interesting that instead of watching for the 30 mins I normally take for lunch at my desk, I had to watch the whole thing in one sitting. Excellent communicator.
Very informative and provided some good advice about this area.
The speaker gave a a good presentation on crossexamination.
Best course I've viewed. Great presentation, greaat information.
I thought the instructor was excellent. I especially appreciated the instruction on vicarious impeachment, which is often not covered in cross-examination teachings.
One of the best CLE programs I've ever attended.
Great program from a very experienced attorney. He provided a lot of insight into strategy of cross examination.
great presentation and i say that after 40 years of trial practice. John from Toms River, N.J.
Loved the suit, shirt & tie ensemble!
VERY informed and seasoned criminal litigator. I would like more lengthy transcripts of his expert cross-examination.
Outstanding cross-examination techniques and truly brilliant lawyering. One of the best trial training classes I've ever attended!
This is a very enjoyable and useful course.
This was fascinating. I was sorry that it ended.
Rocco is awesome enjoyed listening to him.
excellent presentation, worth listening to, great cross-examination tips
Excellent, excellent speaker. (Hope he never asks me if I've ever lied to my mother...)
Rocco did an excellent coverage of his topic.
Pity it lasts only one hour. Engrossing.
It was geared more for the less experienced trial lawyer.
Extremely good speaker
This guy knows what he is talking about.
I really enjoyed this session -he is GREAT !! thanks:)
The use of transcripts from the trial to demonstrate the cross examination technique was very helpful.
Very good; natural presentation; great use of examples
Cipparone was excellent. You can certainly understand why he is a trial attorney.
solid materials and presentation
Very good seminar.
best one of 10 i viewed.
Best one so far.
Thought this was very well presented. I do trial work, both state and federal, and have this very informative and well done.
Great seminar. I don't litigate, but provide materials when cases arise. It helps to have this practical advice.
Outstanding program!! One of the best I've attended.
Extremely knowledgeable and well spoken presenter.
There were one or two things I learned but I was looking for more advanced techniques. This was still very basic.
Mr. Cipparone gave an excellent presentation and some great Cross exam techniques that i will utilize in the future.
best program i have watched!
This was excellent. Mr. Cipparone held my attention the whole time. I appreciate his information as it presented the methods of defense lawyers I have been with in the past in the Norfolk Division of the Fourth Circuit who have been very successful.
Mr. Cipparone is an outstanding presenter. He provided a thorough and easy-to-understand review of important theories and practices valuable in cross examination.
Excellent content and presentation.
It seems like a crazy statement to make about a CLE, but this is very nearly riveting! Good to watch.
Great use of examples and background.
Entertaining. Could be a TV show.
Excellent and compelling presentation.
I usually try to learn one thing from every seminar I attend. This seminar was so jam-packed with useful techniques that I can't count on one hand the things I learned.
it was informative and interesting
I would highly recommend this program.
He was a great law professor and is great lecturer for CLEs. Enjoyed this legal seminar.
good review of cross-examination techniques - liked his use of the terrorist trial for examples made the presentation come alive
I would watch another program by this instructor.
better than a law and order episode
I thought it was an interesting course and contained some valuable information.
Please have this speaker make more CLE videos
This speaker was really excellent...he had a full command of the subject matter...his written materials supplemented rather than duplicated what his presentation. He was really excellent.
I thought Rocco was interesting and the stories he told really illustrated the application of the points he was making...terrific course!
This presentation is outstanding.
This lecture is not for the experenced attorney.
one of the best on lawline, he should do more courses
riveting speaker, fascinating and useful examples
exceedingly well organized and appreciated his thinking out of box approach.
Very dynamic. Can see he has a real presence in court.
Rocco Cipparone is a quick thinking lawyer that inspires others to begin to trust their own talents and abilities in the courtroom. Be yourself and do the best job you can for your client is another lesson learned from this program.
Making the teaching points by using first-hand examples, mostly from one trial, was a very effective technique.
I would take another course by this presenter
Very well done.
From his presentation you can see why he is a successful trial lawyer. He is an excellent public speaker, grasp of his subject and projects not only the subject matter but his personality as well
Excellent speaker! Very interesting examples and materials used.
Great course ..
I appreciated the real-world examples of cross-examination.
Very good CLE. The speaker was one of your best, if not the best.
This was a very good program. I liked the way the speaker used detailed examples throughout the presentation.
Great. One of the best I've ever had.
I liked the person - he spoke well and was down to earth about lawyers' typical problems
extraordinarily useful, great examples from trial transcripts, on-point. One of the single-best presentations I have seen!
One of the best CLE's I've taken.
HIGHLY recommend - interesting and great!
Very informative, interesting and helpful presented excellently.
He was great-- a real pro
This was a thought provoking seminar topic.
One of the superior presentations in substance and presentation.
best CLE I have ever seen. I could watch this guy all day.
I really enjoyed his war stories. They were quite interesting.
Excellent speaker with interesting topic. This short course was well edited.
Very good speaker with creative ideas and interesting examples.
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to speaker. Very engaging presentation.
Excellent speaker and presenter. Very practical lecture. Very good written materials. Great use of examples.
Excellent presenter. I liked the real life examples. Having teaching experience, it is really good to give stories that illustrate the concept.
The fact that an easy to understand terrorrism case was used as an example was most effective becuase it provided me with the opportunity to see the application of creativity in developing a cross examination to assist the theory of my case and that each case will be distinct in its own cross examination.
Wow, this guy is sharp. I was extremely impressed with his presentation. Incredible lawyer.
Very good program, helpful insights. Confirmed my own experiences.
Very good program -- speaker used illustrative examples of good cross-examination technique.
Thought it was informative as well as interesting and well presented
Held my attention. This is a terrific seminar.
the speaker was excellent
Excellently presented. Very inspirational.
This seminar had alot of great information.
As a seasoned trial lawyer, this guy knows what he is talking about. It is a tough challenge, but do the things he recommends.
excellent use of real life examples.
Excellent presentation and no wasted time.
very informative speaker
Interesting factual references
Interesting, real world experiences and examples.
Very well presented, but I wish he would have given more civil examples rather than criminal.
Very helpful and informative. It even made me reconsider going back to the practice of criminal law.
I would love to see this guy work in the court room. He is a fantastic speaker -- very engaging, very interesting. Well worth the time.
An excellent presentation by an obviously knowledgeable speaker who used good, memorable real world examples to illustrate his points. Very well done.
Extremely helpful and practical advice for trial practice.
Rocco is a great speaker. He made the seminar very interesting and very informative.
Informative and helpful.
Very good .........
Excellent integration of techniques with real world examples.
Informative and useful.
Genius...ways on how to ask government agents, informants and/or defendants questions
good speaker. keeps your attention
Rocco was very enthusiastic about his content. He kept your attention.
Good summary of developing a theme for cross examination
The best course I have taken on Lawline
Great techniques. Well presented.
Riveting. I've been a criminal defense lawyer for 20 years, and this program taught me good techniques.
very good speaker, very convincing.
written materials are excellent!
Thoroughly enjoyed. Would have listened to this fellow all day.
Very helpful for my practice. Dynamic speaker. Interesting material. I especially likes stories about terrorism trial. Great work!
Great course. Great speaker with great experience who clealy knows what he is talking about. Would recommend highly.
I truly enjoyed this seminar. Mr. Cipparone did a great job. This is a very useful seminar.
Very well done and made clear points using case specific reference.
Excellent in every aspect. Would highly recommend this program and will look to call Rocco for pointers in future.
I thought his presentation was extremely effective and very informative. Thank you for offering it.
Rocco Cipparone is a great speaker and excellent trial lawyer
excellent and interesting
Terrific presentation and info!
This presentation contained extremely useful information on cross-examination.
Terrific CLE class! Highly recommend.
Great program. Learned a lot and will be applying some of the technics suggested on my upcoming trial. Great work!
Mr. Cipparone uses many real-life examples to make his points memorably.
Good course, good presenter.
This guy is great!
outstanding-good for any level of attorney
good techniques to use
I was preparing for a case amid watching the presentation. During the course of listening, rewrote my cross and it was far better than what I already had. Evidence was in my hand that was powerful and of which I was going to make no use. This was an education.
Really one of the most useful and interesting courses I've taken. Thanks!
Rocco certainly knows how to communicate and summarize good trial techniques. I would love to see him in action someday!
great speaker and content.
This is an excellent CLE.
Even for practitioners that focus on non-trial impeachment of experts, there were many helpful techniques in this seminar.
Excellent discussion, great speaking style, great use of actual case worked on by the speaker with details of what the witness said and did, what the speaker thought to do, and how he used his opportunities, all integrated with guidance and principles on how the listener should apply these principles drawn from actual experience of the speaker. Couldn't be better or more interesting.
This was a very practical presentation that wasn't just a string of war stories but used real examples to reinforce techniques. I got a few pointers and I have 25 years of experience as a litigator and trial lawyer.
very well done. awesome presentation.
Very effectice use of the trial transcripts to accentuate particular points.
Excellent presentation with clear examples of how to actually accomplish what the speaker is describing.
Get this attorney to do more courses for you. His style really holds the mind's attention. Time flew watching him.
This guy is great!
Very interesting real life examples.
Interesting speaker who peppered his discussion with interesting actual case experiences.
This is a very effective presentation on cross-examination that gave me new ideas for my practice.
The speaker was insightful on the subject matter and provided useable information.
very organized and easy to follow slides
Loved the "war stories"
Interesting use of actual case trial as an illlustration throughout this lecture.
Excellent use of actual cross examinations to get the point across. Well done.
Excellent explanation of good cross-examination techniques.
Very engaging and knowledgeable speaker.
Mr. Cipparone had a very engaging style and seemed to be in a dialog with the listener.
The speaker is excellent, and the material (both written and the presentation) is top notch.
One of the best CLE presentations I have heard.
Superb. Practical. Mildly entertaining, evenly.
Cross examination in a different area of law from that in which I practice, but approaches that are reminiscent.
I loved the slides.
Great practical advice!
A very bright, perceptive attorney with some useful thoughts on the art of cross-examination
Had knowledge and enthusiasm for his topic.
Mr. Cipparone gave an excellent lecture. He was knowledgeable and highly skilled on the topic, and enjoyable to listen. I learned some new techniques and ideas from this seminar.
Notwithstanding the focus on criminal practice, as a civil practitioner, found it pretty interesting and helpful.
This was really good - speaker and subject matter. Well worth listening to,even for the experienced trial lawyer.
Mr. Cipparone is a very good speaker. I am sure he is a great defense counsel.
Extremely interesting and well-presented.
The speaker was interesting and gave examples that helped illuminate his points.
Excellent. Interesting presentation
Speaker made the topic very interesting.
Excellent information and presentation!
this guy is great, fabulous program
awesome trial stories.
Wealth of information - dynmite.
appreciated the many specific examples
Very detailed strategy analysis, great war stories.
Speaker was quite engaging, good story teller.
Brilliant! That's what a good CLE should look like.
Great presenter, great court presence
Even though I do not practice criminal law, this was insightful and helpful
Excellent presentation. Good examples and war stories.
Very good course on cross examination techniques.
excellent, often extemporaneous, presentation. Great advice.
Well done. Very informative and helpful.
Very informative and great presentation.
Loaded with practical insight into trial testimony
Very good speaker..
Very helpful and a great speaker. Informative and entertaining.
This was a great lecture.
Mr. Cipparone was interesting, entertaining and informative.
I thought the speaker was helpful and very genuine. I thought his concrete examples and insights were very good.
Easy to listen to, and very organized.
Outstanding and very informative
Useful and helpful.
Excellent in particular because I often represent people for whom English is not their first language.
Examples supporting points particularly effective.
Content was very interesting, especially the use of examples from a criminal trial.
Excellent, all-around. In addition, this guy is brilliant.
I thought Mr. Cipparone was a great speaker, very knowledgeable about his subject. I enjoyed it very much.
Very good presentation and speaker.
I like the online format
Presenter was great!
This course offers very helpful insights to effective cross-examination.
Very interesting insights into cross-examination
Excellent...the next time I cross examine a witness this lecture will be on my mind
Excellent presentation on advanced techniques. Speaker had solid experience in the subject. Very good.
One of the best continuing education seminars I've ever seen. Really useful.
I enjoyed this CLE.
the best I've seen
Speaker imparted great knowledge. I learned a good deal from watching this course.
Outstanding quality for a CLE course. This is advice I will actually use in practice.
Very helpful and informative
Very good program! Want to see more of Rocco!
Very insightful anecdotes; the type of useful information that your evidence and trial law clinic professors never taught.
This course was fabulous! By far the best Lawline Course I have thus far taken! I would definitely recommend this course. I was engaged the entire time and I learned quite a bit of useful information. Fabulous speaker! Would love to watch another course with him!
Mr. Cipparone is smart. Many CLE speakers just recite war stories. Mr. Cipparone is very sharp and very little of his presentation is rehearsed.
good speaker; great examples
Very competent presentation
Great War Stories!
I'm not a criminal lawyer, but I do conduct diligence in certain types of transactions, and it's helpful for me to know the best ways to ask questions. This presenter was fantastic - very clear, articulate and compelling. Great presentation.
engaging, well organized, interesting, to the point!
Good Course - Several excellent concepts.
Really good examples provided.
best on line seminar so far...very helpful and interesting!
This is the course I will wish to remember when preparing a cross examination.
Concrete examples brought the points across forcefully. The presentation was clear, entertaining and did not drag.
Very interesting and entertaining look at cross-examination techniques. I really appreciated all the examples Cipparone incorporated, using excerpts from real trial transcripts.
Practical, useful, very good program.
Some nice techniques
Great presentation -- very interesting and entertaining
this one was very good
Very good presentation. Excellent tips and suggestions for better cross examination.
Excellent material and presentation. Well qualified instructor.
Ironically, i am dealing with an issue regarding an Informant gone "renegade" right now. The presentation not only gave me a couple of ideas regarding my cross, but helped me focus on issues i had previously missed. by far, the best CLE i have seen in 14 years of law practice.thank you!
I was very impressed with the presentation. I was skeptical as to how techniques for cross examination could be demonstrated online, but this presentation and the speaker were outstanding!
Excellent program and certainly the best CLE I have completed in recent memory.
Very good information.
I found this course to be very helpful and enjoyed listening to the speaker.
Fantastic course. Phenomenal examples and info re: techniques.
Although heavy on "war stories," this program is both instructive and fascinating, and it's presented well. It's one of the better programs I've seen on cross-examination, and I recommend it.
This is the best CLE seminar I have seen on Lawline.
very interesting even though not relevant to my practice area
This was absolutely fantastic!
Excellent presentation -- very informative with some good tips and useful strategies.
great use of actual cases and transcripts
Very Good -- his examples, while from a criminal case(s) were helpful in the civil litigation context
The best course on cross examination I have seen to date. Rocco does an outstanding job weaving examples with lessons learned.
Valuable points made, supported by good examples.
Very Good Course
The speaker gave practical tips for advanced techniques of cross examination and illustrated those techniques with examples drawn from his own practice. Very effective and helpful presentation.
Excellent and very helpful seminar.
Top notch speaker
Useful tips on putting things out of chronological order and "building your case" on cross-examination
interesting material and good use of examples to illustrate effectiveness of techniques discussed
This lecture was excellent and very interesting.
Good focus. Good examples from personal trial experience.
The speaker is very engaging.
excellent & well paced.
A lot of very good information, much of which I had not thought about before.
Really enjoyed this session - wish it had been longer.
i thought the recurring use of fort dix case along with other examples enabled the tenets to become practical and useful
The best I've seen so far. Starting with conceptual basis - with anecdotal support. A real encouragement to plan cross-exam
The speaker is very knowledgable on criminal defense law and creative ways to cross witnesses.
Good presentation, excellent speaker.
One of the best CLEs that I've viewed on Lawline so far.
Good speaker. Interesting techniques presented re: cross-examination. Ideas to think about and use in different areas of law were presented, not just in in the speakers own field of practice. Easily transferable.
Great presentation, not just war stories.
I learned a lot of good tips in this CLE and the presentation was very engaging.
Good overview of cross exam techniques, oriented toward criminal defense but with application in other situations.
Excellent subject matter and presentation for a topic that is very significant to attorney who try cases.
More than just "war stories". Helpful how to, techniques and strategies.
I thought that it was well organized
Mr. Cipparone's insight and enthusiasm for trail practice are evident in his teaching style. This was a wonderful course.
Useful and good techniques
Mr. cipparone was an excellent speaker; by far the best on lawline so far.
Informative and engaging.
great speaker captivating very knowledgeable
This was full of useful information, and quite well-presented. Highly recommended.
Phenomenal lecture. Great advice. Excellent examples. By far the best lecture that i have watched so far on law line. And I am not someone who is easily impressed.
Very engaging speaker and fantastic material.
Obviously,this guy can slug it out with the best of them!
Good cross examination pointers.
He was a very interesting and engaging speaker. I liked the slides that went along with the presentation as well.
Outstanding presentation by an impressive litigator. Thanks for sharing your insights and tips with us.
Boy is this guy good. I wouldn't relish having to go against him in court.
One of the most practical and informative CLE programs I have seen, and by far one of the most engaging speakers I have had the pleasure to listen to.
Outstanding. Very interesting.
Very good so far
Outstanding. Rocco is as smooth as silk. Let me know if you need a free intern, I would love to learn more from you. Daria
Outstanding presentation. I'd like to hear more from this guy.
Great techniques and presentation.
This was an excellent presentation - tremendously valuable substantively and very effectively presented. You should get Mr, Cipparone back for more lectures.
Common sense, but good to hear again.
Very informative and insightful. Good use of personal experiences.
Excellent examples of every tip presented, well worth the time.
This guy was great on his subject matter and very articulate also. Great course.
A very informative presentation.
Great real world examples.
very interesting -- love the examples with transcripts
Rocco Cipparone's presentation was brilliant! Every word was valuable.
Very informative; very engaging speaker
One of the best lecturers I have seen on lawline.com.
I thought the speaker was very much on point. I have been cross-examining for years and i too believe that a cross is centered on your points, not the chronology of the case file. The speaker was very effective and reinforced in my mind what I already knew.
I thought he was a very good speaker
Truly interesting material, presented with real-life examples. Great speaker, excellent presentation.
Excellent, and interesting. Examples were clear and part of a continuing story, so they hung together. Tom Jacobs, chicago
Great examples to explain his main points
Excellent!!!!!! Meaningful, useful suggestions. I learned a great deal.
Top notch. Totally knowledgeable, polished, communicates well, everything top drawer, total knowledge experience. Thank you.
Great speaker, very clear, the real life examples and transcripts of testimony really illustrated the salient points. Excellent!!
It was useful, I am glad I watched it.
Don't expect to take notes. This is the type of seminar where you need to soak in the applications.
The presentation was very well-organized; not in an outline form but his continuum was steady throughout the four segments.
Engaging speaker; interesting material; good examples.
This was a really outstanding presentation. Even though the speaker is a defense attorney, everything he said could be used by prosecutors and plaintiff lawyers. Awesome!
Lots of practical advice regarding cross examination.
Well done. He also used great stories to add interest and teach effectively. Great!
provided helpful practical tips for courtroom use
WOW! Extremely helpful.
Great job. Thanks for all your good ideas!
very seasoned speaker
Very good tactics and excellent presentation of topical material.
Great course. Very informative and educational.
Outstanding presentation - the best I've seen on Lawline.
Excellent presentation.Mr. Cipparone did a great job interweaving the facts of the Fort Dix case into his outline.
Great CLE. I could listen to him all day.
best one yet
Brilliant lawyer, clear presentation
Very good speaker!
He is one of the best.
Easy to understand-great lecture
Slow start, strong finish
GREAT PRESENTATION, VERY HELPFUL
Very informative and entertaining!
terrific, phenomenal insight, brilliant concepts
These techniques are really excellent and the examples the instructor palpably corroborated their effectiveness.
Engaging and relevant.
He is a great, engaging speaker. I enjoyed this class and learned a lot.
Really interesting guy & good examples.
Even with its criminal case examples, this course was extremely useful to me as a civil litigator. A must watch.
really enjoyed the speaker
Very well done
Instructor has great presence and personality
Fantastic speaker and great real-life examples to illustrate points - highly recommend this course.
Excellent speaker. Would like to take other courses with him.
as a 23 year prosecutor, I was impressed and could not agree more with Rocco
exceptional -- covers many common questions/mistakes with specific examples
Excellent examination of the Fort Dix case.
This seminar was very informative and easy to follow.
Mr. Cipparone does an excellent job of giving details on effective cross-examination skills. I truly enjoyed this presentation.
I appreciated the emphasis on being agile and creative in the approach to cross examination.
one of the best seminar's i have watched.
This speaker was excellent. Very engaging and well organized with great examples for all of his instructional tips.
Examples provided were effective in demonstrating theme of course.
Great lecture and examples of actual use of the techniques talked about.
He gave very good tips and had good examples.
The Instructor knew his material and was able to present the information in a pleasant manner
Great CLE. good tips
This guy knows his stuff. Chock full of great ideas and techniques and a truly engaging speaker.
Very good. Mr. Cipparone is always amazing.
Content was not as general as the name suggested. Much of the course was directed towards cross-examination of a particular type of witness and not applicable to most cross situations. There were some good general tips.
This instructor was fantastic!
Excellent presentation and some real helpful hints. Especially liked the suggestion to hold back some of the impeachment for appropriate insertion in response to self-serving testimony.