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Developing Your Theory and Themes of the Case in Criminal & Civil Trials

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Produced on September 22, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 15m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Legal Research & Writing Litigation

Course Description

In every matter, civil and criminal, the attorney must develop a strong theory and supporting themes, which simply and persuasively explain why they should win. Developing the best theory and themes of the case allows a practitioner to utilize the dominant emotion and relevant law to their advantage throughout every stage of the litigation. Learning how to brainstorm, identify, and properly deploy the themes in furtherance of the theory, is of critical importance to maximizing one’s chances of prevailing at trial.

In this program, criminal trial attorney Joseph A. Bondy reviews the definitions of the theory and themes of the case, their importance to success, how to develop strong theories and themes, and techniques for their implementation during the course of a case.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the importance of a strong theory and themes
  2. Develop powerful theories and themes
  3. Use the theory and themes throughout a trial

This course originally appeared as a part of our September 2019 Bridge the Gap event.  

Credit Information

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Joseph Bondy

Law Office of Joseph A. Bondy

Joseph A. Bondy is a criminal defense attorney in private practice in Manhattan. A native New Yorker, Mr. Bondy is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Columbia University, and Brooklyn Law School. He is admitted to practice law in New York State, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, the District of Colorado, and the District of Connecticut, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Bondy has represented literally hundreds of individuals at all stages of criminal litigation. His dedicated courtroom advocacy and written work have won numerous clients dismissals, acquittals, reduced sentences, and appellate reversals.  

Mr. Bondy is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and a life member of the legal committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). The American Trial Lawyers College rates Mr. Bondy as one of the top 100 criminal trial attorneys in the United States. Mr. Bondy lectures on a variety of federal criminal law topics at various community, bar association and legal programs throughout the country. Mr. Bondy currently serves on the faculty of Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP). 

Mr. Bondy has been honored to serve as private counsel of choice to over one thousand criminally accused individuals, from all walks of life.


Peter C.

This was more like telling old war stories.

Christopher J.

Excellent program and speaker. Very well done.

William K.

Excellent speaker

Natalie P.

It was very educational, thank you.

Opal B.

Great course and engaging instructor. I don't do trials anymore, but I enjoyed this lecture very much, and I have no doubt that it will prove invaluable to any attorney who does do trials, particularly less experienced attorneys.

Ron H.

This guy was great



Chelsey K.

I found the presentation very practical, and enjoyed it greatly.

Ruth R.

This was an excellent presentation and very timely.

Charis M.

Great course!!

Hwesu M.


Joan S.

Spellbinding! Humane!

Darrell N.

Good strategies to employ at trial

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