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Five Keys to a Killer Cross-Examination

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Produced on March 15, 2018

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Course Information

Time 90 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Trial is a verbal war where the stakes are high and the consequences are enormous. Both sides in the battle have strengths and weaknesses in their case, and at trial the jury have two clear cut choices. The Plaintiff and the Defendant will espouse starkly different theories and have entirely opposite points of view, and the key to victory is helping the jury identify with your point of view. A critical part of this battle, cross examination is about a “search for the truth.” A good cross examination challenges a witness in every respect concerning facts, memory, reliability, credibility, and perception. The devil is always in the details, and an effective cross will elicit the details that are favorable to your case.

There are basic strategies, requiring the power of persuasion, to get a jury to view, comprehend, and digest the case in a way that is consistent with your vision: 1) communicate a consistent theory which convinces all who listen; 2) weave the facts into a rationale and relatable story; 3) turn your opponent’s witnesses into your own; 4) exploit inconsistencies and weaknesses in adversarial testimony; and finally, 5) control witnesses and insist that their answers be responsive to your questions - especially when those answers will harm the the opposing party’s case.

Taught by nationally recognized criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson, this course is a crucial introduction to cross examination for newer lawyers, and a great refresher for the skilled trial attorney.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Build a compelling “Theory of the Case” by branding your central theme and clearly conveying it to the jury
  2. Tell a story that is logical, relatable, and passionate
  3. Turn adversarial witnesses into advocates for your position
  4. Impeach witnesses and exploit the weaknesses in their testimony
  5. Control witnesses by setting the tempo, tone, and content of their responses


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Faculty

Joey Jackson

Watford Jackson, PLLC Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Joey Jackson is a nationally-recognized criminal defense attorney who has for nearly two decades represented individuals and labor unions in state and federal court. After graduating from Hofstra Law School, Mr. Jackson was appointed Assistant District Attorney under Robert Morgenthau in Manhattan. Following a successful career as a Prosecutor where he received the Distinguished Public Service Award, Mr. Jackson joined the firm of Koehler & Isaacs LLP., where he serves as Senior Trial Counsel specializing in Criminal Defense and Labor & Employment. Prior to Law School, he earned his MPA from SUNY Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. While earning his Master's Degree, he worked for the N.Y.S. Assembly Speaker as a Legislative Analyst. He also holds a B.A. from SUNY Brockport, where he participated in the honors program, directed the student-run Legal Information Service, served as student body president, and interned with the N.Y.S. Education Department as well as Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) in Washington, D.C. In addition to defending clients criminally and representing them in other related matters, he is also employed by CNN/HLN as a Legal Analyst.



Reviews

RW
Richard W.

Superb Program

WS
William S.

Excellent presentation

DD
DANIEL D.

Nicely done with outstanding examples!

PN
Patrick N.

Effective and concise presentation. Extremely useful.

JA
Juan A.

Good format

MO
Michael O.

Perhaps the best presenter on Lawline.

MS
Martin S.

Excellent

LG
LEIRA G.

Best course I've seen so far!

RV
Robert V.

This is the best course I've seen with Lawline! It was really great. I have cross examination courses before, and this was a very good refresher.

JD
John P. D.

Instructor was excellent

CS
Christopher S.

This guy was phenomenal.

GO
Georgette O.

WELL DONE!

GS
Gary S.

Mr. Jackson is an excellent speaker and presented this material in a logical way. Look forward to more ClE presentations by him

JW
Judy W.

This speaker is absolutely dynamic. He did the best job of instructions on cross-examination I have ever heard. It was insightful and helpful

MA
Martha A.

Excellent presentation! Thank you!

JL
James L.

good material

SH
Steven H.

Excellent written materials, with transcript excerpts and real world examples! Good job, sir.

BK
Bethany K.

Easily kept my attention.

ND
Nicholas D.

Excellent presentation from an experienced and (obviously) highly competent trial lawyer. I recommend it for both novices and experienced litigators.

MZ
Mark Z.

Great overview of courtroom tactics that must be mastered.

KR
Kimberly R.

Excellent

JC
Joseph C.

Well done

GP
Gordon P.

Superior

WD
William D.

Very Informative

DT
David T.

Great presentation of very valuable information. Using the case studies truly helped bring the point home.

TD
Tina D.

Very entertaining and informative

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kenneth k.

very good lecture

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AnHa V.

Engaging lecturer.

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Jane C.

I enjoyed this and it was informative.

DW
David W.

Wow! This speaker is awesome. Rivoting. Excellent. Informative. Magnetic. Outstanding presentation. With great examples and case studies. I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SEMINAR!

JC
joe c.

Perhaps the best CLE I've listened to.

LS
Leigh S.

Very practical and useful material.

AN
Andrew N.

Great class

IG
Iris G.

Very clear speaker, with great examples.

HG
Henry David G.

very able speaker and teacher.

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v. ellen d.

One of the most useful courses I have taken. The case history/transcript examples were spot on.

NP
Nelson P.

One of the best presentations I've observed on Lawline.

SF
Stella F.

Good information

CQ
Cheryl Q.

another good speaker and manner

RF
Robert F.

Fantastic.

KG
Kevin G.

Clear concise on point

DH
Diane H.

Loved that last line about strike outs early doesn't mean you've lost the game. Boy we have all experienced that! Enjoyed your presentation very much.

PE
Paul E.

Excellent presentation

OP
Oscar P.

Good speaker. practical advice.

RF
Ronald F.

Mr. Jackson is fantastic as always!

AF
Antoine F.

Great Job really really helpful

LG
Lori G.

excellent material.

RB
Robert B.

Excellent presentation

WC
William C.

This guy was excellent; he knows what he is doing; lucid explanations; real life. having spent years in the USAO and the SEC, i know when I'm hearing someone talk about how really to do a cross. I'll bet this guy is very effective. Hope you let these people know when we give them compliments.

JL
Jeffrey L.

the speaker was excellent, entertaining, knowledgeable, etc. Probably the best presentation I have hear in the last six years.

JM
Jessica M.

Loved this presentation. Excellent!

DN
Dominique N.

Great presentation.

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paul c.

Very well organized. Great presentation.

LL
Louis L.

Outstanding presentation

JD
James D.

Excellent speaker. Well done!

KS
Karen S.

Great speaker

MS
mark s.

I really enjoyed the speaker in this case

SW
Stephen W.

ONE OF THE BEST CROSS EXAM CLEs I HAVE EVER SEEN. THE PASSIONATE THEATRICAL METHOD OF EXPLANATION WAS SUPER EFFECTIVE. I'D LOVE TO TRY A CASE WITH THAT GUY. YOU NEED TO HAVE HIM DO OTHER LITIGATION SUBJECTS.

MS
Matthew S.

A natural on camera!

RH
Robert H.

This guy was great!

CC
Charles C.

Good presentation

AB
Algis B.

Keep this guy, he was good and entertaining.

EH
Edgar H.

wonderful presentation

CE
Catherine E.

Fast-paced, tightly organized. Very well done and very informative.

GL
Gregory L.

Joey was excellent and engaging.

MA
Mattie A.

excellent

CL
Cary L.

Very informative and well presented CLE. The tips provided will come in handy during my next Trial.

MP
Marcus P.

Excellent presentation !

FA
Frederick A.

Excellent presentation filled with great ideas!

CT
Cliff T.

Excellent.

KB
Kevin B.

Presenter was thorough, prepared and enjoyed his teachings. Great at explaining his methods and reasons behind them.

DS
David S.

extremely well done

CO
Cheryl O.

Fantastic! Would like more from this faculty member.

BT
Barbara T.

Fantastic!

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DAVID S.

Outstanding advice! I'm a veteran trial lawyer and this is all great stuff.

GC
Gerald C.

learned things I never knew

JC
John C.

This is by far one of the best trial skills CLE programs I have seen.

CD
Cynthia D.

This was an outstanding and compelling presentation on how to conduct a killer cross examination! I would highly recommend it for both beginning and seasoned attorneys.

KF
Karen F.

Joey Jackson is the BEST!

EB
Elliott B.

Very well presented.

KR
Kenneth R.

Great program. Good speaker, entertaining and engaging.

VW
Victoria W.

I really enjoyed his presentation method.

JG
James G.

Developing a theory of the case discussion was excellent.

SH
Steven H.

This presentation was among the best CLE presentations I have attended. The speaker was both knowledgeable and effective.

JH
James E H.

Mr. Johnson presented a very cogent program while using case-specific examples.

BK
Brittny K.

Very interesting and informative.

EN
Elizabeth N.

Great presenter!

JH
John H.

very good presentation

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