In cross-examination, one size does not fit all. Attorney Lawrence Hochheiser, well-known for his lectures and presentations on criminal trial practice, explores various types of witnesses and specific cross-examination methods tailored to fit a given situation.
In this course, Hochheiser discusses witness types including Experts, Eyewitnesses, Neutrals, Interested, Cooperators, and Interrogators. He also examines such cross-examination methods as Destructive, Constructive, Instructional, and what he refers to as “Dickie-the-Dunce” questions. Consistent with his approach to trial practice, Hochheiser treats the subject of cross-examination not in isolation, but as a part of the trial process seen as a unified “seamless whole” designed to move us from “Here to There.”
I. Appreciate the role and use of cross-examination to get us from “Here to There”
II. Recognize that different witness types require specific cross-examination approaches and techniques
III. Understand when - and when not - to use the powerful (and dangerous) tool of cross-examination
IV. Develop threshold questions that the cross-examiner must ask before approaching the witness
Attorney Lawrence Hochheiser is the Senior Partner at the firm, and has a background that has proven to be of great value to the defendants the firm represents. He is a graduate of NYU Law School, and subsequently served as Assistant District Attorney for New York County for the years 1967-1971. During his tenure in this capacity, he was focused on investigating organized crime, working in the Rackets Bureau. This background has given him a deep insight into every aspect of the criminal justice system from both sides of the aisle.
Understanding the prosecution and the inner workings of the system has made it more possible to craft a strategically planned criminal defense case. Mr. Hochheiser is the former president of the New York Criminal Bar Association, and a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
He is often called upon to lecture on various subjects surrounding criminal law for a range of organizations, including the Nassau County Criminal Courts Association and the Westchester County Bar Association, the New York State Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force and many other organizations that have sought his professional skills as a speaker on various subjects.
He is a respected educator, and has been a guest lecturer in organized crime courses at NYU, Cornell and Columbia Law Schools. He has earned countless honors and accolades, including being acknowledged "for excellence in the practice of criminal law" and the "maintenance of the professional's highest standards. He is the recipient of the Frank S. Hogan Association Award for Legal Excellence.
He has been named by New York Magazine and the Best lawyer in America as among the "The New York Area's Best Lawyers" in the category of criminal defense. Attorney Lawrence Hochheiser is admitted to practice in all state courts, as well as federal courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, as well as the Supreme Court.
There are few legal professionals in the area that have such an extensive experience and success in criminal court, or such a deep understanding of the entire justice system. The knowledge and experience he brings to the table has been a significant factor in making the firm, Hochheiser & Hochheiser LLP, one of the most respected criminal law firms in the New York City area.
Really helpful techniques in criminal defense cross-examination. Highly recommended.
Excellent presentation. To the point! Much better than untold numbers of live cle's where the presenter spends too much time talking about themselves.
Best presenter, with excellent, material I have ever had for a CLE. I'll look for further presentations from this attorney and will revisit this course again.
Perfect balance of stories with facts!
Very good speaker and interesting content.
Great presentation with useful examples.
Many gems in a short amount of time
Excellent presentation.The points were well thought out and clearly presented
Very interesting and helpful.
Marvelous. NOT GUILTY !
Excellent. The discussion of cross-examination of collaborators as to how many hours they were prepped and the discussion of false confessions were particularly interesting and helpful.
Great presentation speaker was very good
Very engaging, even if you only practice in civil court.
I will take every course you have this professor teaching.
Very insightful. Thanks.
He was great..one of the best I have seen
excellent speaker, good content
I am 70 and experienced. But felt like a novice listening to this presentation. A great teacher.
Interesting and informative.
very enjoyable and straitforward presention.
Really a terrific presentation - great tips and analogies
Excellent presentation. The examples brought what he was saying to life.
This is a great program. Directed at an experienced practitioner but filled with good insights for lawyers at all levels.
informative in a formal yet almost informal way ; very well prepared, smooth delivery
This course considers a large number of subtle issues very thoroughly.
Great review, thank you!
Great cross technique
Very well done
Presenter was very Interesting and informative with real life examples and good advice.
Strong presenter with common sense approach.
Made me think of how proud I can be of this great profession.
EXCELLENT CLE - by far one of my favorite attorney presenters
Excellent presentation! There are some hugely valuable nuggets about cross examination in the latter 1/3 of the talk -- be sure to listen to these.
Great speaker, great information, highly useful. Truly wish it could have lasted longer.
Great, real-life examples clarified concepts for non-litigation lawyer.
Very insightful and worthwhile presentation.
Even as a civil trial attorney I found this program which focused on criminal cross examination very instructive and helpful.
Dude was awesome.
Extremely helpful and relevant to my practice.
I really enjoyed this lecture. Very interesting. The speaker was engaging.
I do not do criminal law. Even so I found him knowledgeable and informative.
Excellent. My favorite part of trial. I would like a session on the do' and don'ts of calling hostile witnesses during your case in chief.
This was actually interesting.
Best, most helpful, cross examination lecture I ever heard.
I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation. Interesting and informative and very well presented.
The presenter was obviously knowledgeable, with much experience in the area.
VERY GOOD PRESENTER
This was one of my favorite CLE's ever. Fun to listen to and good refresher.
One "old" trial lawyer to another, Mr. Hocheiser was a leasure to hear, and worth hearing as well.
This is a must see for any lawyer who walks into a courtroom.
Seasoned presenter; skillful. Great cross exam tips.
Very well done. Great to hear from a real expert.
Useful and practical
Great course. Very direct and informative. Many speakers seem to simply enjoy hearing themselves talk. This speaker was the opposite: concise, to the point and knowledgeable.
Instructor gave excellent practical advice; anecdotes so helpful!
Best speaker I have seen.
Very well done and interesting
Excellent; infomative; practical; with interesting and telling anecdotes.
Really good seminar.
Excellent speaker and presenter!
Excellent, full of insight and experience.
Good cross examination lecture.
god summary of the practice
Interesting topic and information
Great Presentation from a knowledgeable professional!
a real pro
good points brought up
Excellent discussion of the nuances separating a successful cross from one that fails, and strategies to use and avoid.
Great presentation with real world advice.
Outstanding and practical advice
this was the best of the presentations I have viewed so far!!
Excellent , interesting and extremely useful presentation for the seasoned as well as the novice litigator.
Enjoyed listening to this
I don't practice criminal law, but this guy was fantastic! He knows his stuff, for sure!!! Interesting and full of practical information.
very well done
Best Lawline presentation I have heard- absolutely excellent.
Excellent presentation by a very experienced criminal defense attorney. Good information to know.
Outstanding. One of the best lectures that I've seen on Lawline. I would gladly watch Mr. Hochheiser again.
logical presentation...thank you
The course was stimulating and superb.
Cross-examination is absolutely the most difficult subject to teach someone else. This presenter made some excellent observations. Experience is obvious.
Great Presentation every Attorney should visit at least once a year
I very much enjoyed the presentation, he makes you want more details.
Good well informed concise speaker
I was thrilled with the mention of Francis I Wellman and his book, The Art of Cross Examination. Every lawyer should read it. Great presentation by Mr. Hochheiser.
One of the best presentations on cross-examination I have seen.
He speaks from experience and is very true to the art of advocacy. Well done.
One of the best I've seen Lawline present.
Phenomenal experience and insight.
Speaker was excellent
Fantastic presentation- it was clear that the presenter had vast experience in the subject and it showed- very helpful tips and information
very nice presentation with some insight provided over the other cross exam classics. Nice materials to keep.
Very experienced. Good teacher.
Best one I've seen yet. Very helpful.
Another great teacher/speaker! Thank you.
needed more time for this subject. Great insights.
a wonderful seimnar!
excellent presentation, information was great
Good practical information
Interesting speaker! I liked his quotes from various sources, including the Godfather movie..
Excellent presenter; his significant skills and expertise come through during the course. Wish it was a longer course.
Wonderful....as a trial attorney of over 20 years....I truly enjoyed this presentation, laughed out loud several times learning and confirming my beliefs. Loved it.
Great presentation.Very informative.
Excellent presentation by a well respected attorney
Excellent, astute practitioner and speaker. Priceless nuggets in the presentation.
Best cross-examination CLE I've seen in 20 years. Love the "Dicky the Dunce" approach to the expert witness.
Very good presentation
well presented with good examples
SEMINAR WAS VERY INFORMATIVE.
if I were accused of a crime I would run to this guy like my hair was on fire (to quote an article). Very good modeling of courtroom behavior. Good substance and shared experience. Would have liked to see an example of a Do List vs. a Checklist, didn'
Fantastic speaker and communicator.
This was truly excellent.
Years of experience summed up in one hour. Follow this advice and be better at cross-examination immediately.
Excellent presentation. Very interesting and informative.
I really enjoyed this seminar. Mr. Hochheiser's presentation was quite information. He should not apologize for any "war stories"
Best program to date. Not merely because it mirrors my approach from 30 yrs trying cases, but because LH speaks the truth so plainly & inarguably.
This was fantastic.
Good suggestion about always visiting the scene!
Nice presentation and clear explanations
VERY GOOD SPEAKER. THE INFORMATION WAS PRESENTED CLEARLY AND IN AN ORGANIZED MANNER!
Good review of cross-examination from an experienced trial attorney
Wish there was more time.
Excelent! Very valuable information.
I could have watched for another few hours!
Solid information that we often forget
Enjoyed it greatly
Hochheiser only teaches two classes? What a shame.
Very well done. Extremely helpful.
Best class ever taken!!! Very practice practical!!!
This was an excellent presentation and covered a tremendous amount of ground in one hour.
Some great tips on cross examination
clearly a very knowledgeable and experienced practitioner
I really enjoyed the wisdom Mr. Hochheiser shared.
Great info, one of the better seminars I have taken. I would like to see more of this presenter.
Mr. Hochheiser was informative and engaging.
Pure gold! Should be used as a refresher course when the occasion calls for it.
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