Have you always wanted to conduct that killer cross examination? In this program, experienced trial attorney Andrew J. Smiley goes through a step-by step process for preparing and conducting a highly effective cross examination. Mr. Smiley illuminates everything from how to “digest” a transcript in the preparation phase to where to stand and how to move during questioning to make the biggest impact.
This course is perfect for novice trial attorneys or experienced trial attorneys looking to pick up some new tricks of the trade.
I. Prepare the cross examination by:
• Digesting a transcript in the preparation phase
• Evaluating the witnesses
• Planning best practices
II. Conduct the cross examination utilizing:
• The direct examination for the cross
• Proper placement and movements during questioning for biggest impact
Areas of Practice
New York, 1997
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1997
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1997
U.S. District Court District of Vermont, 1999
U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
J.D. - 1996
Honors: Vice President, Moot Court Honor Society
Honors: Executive Board -Chair of Trial Division
Honors: Coach - Brooklyn Law School National Trial Team Northeast Region Champions
Honors: Judge Edward and Doris A. Thompson Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
B.A. - 1993
Pro Bono Activities
Member, Friars Club
This is useful for beginners and perhaps intermediate-level attorneys.
Best program I have ever watched.
He should offer an entire course on impeachment as he is engaging and the pace was quick.
Presentation was well done.
Superb presentation; excellent summary of what you need to do for an effective cross-examination.
Excellent presentation. Useful immediately in my practice.
Great job. Interesting even for a corporate lawyer.
Very helpful section on impeachment!
Very informative and pragmatic. Great!
One of the better courses, strong presentation
This was fantastic! Hope to take more courses from this instructor.
Very well done
something you could listen multiple times
Excellent presentation, extremely useful and informational.
THIS was a course worth taking. I give it an A plus.
Great presentation. Thank you for the actual examples of outlines and digests of transcripts. Very helpful for visual learners.
He is a GREAT presenter!!
Great points. Wonderful and concise presentation
This course offered the highest quality and most effective advice/tips among all the courses I've taken thus far on lawline.
Like the analogy...special ops, not the battalion.
One of the better courses taken. Excellent summary/refresher of the basics of cross examination. Highly recommended.
An excellent presentation.
He gave great examples of how to cross-examine witnesses.
useful tips & strategies
very helpful. my first lawline course.
Andrew Smiley was great!
very helpful insights.
An amazing presenter. I will look for more of his courses.
one of the best CLE courses ever!
Great course--really clear, straightforward refresher.
Great refresher for trial cross examination techniques.
I will archive and continue to refer to course and course materials.
Best one so far - very clear and concise.
Very interesting and great example!
This man is a genius!
Great presentation. Great advice.
KISS. Keep it simple..... Which he does v ery well. Excellent.
wonderful lecturer, calm, relazed, in control of the subject matter !!!!
Terrific presentation - probably the best one I have listened to with Lawline. Hope he has other presentations with Lawline.
Mr. Smiley is an excellent speaker.
excellent informative presentation
This was an exceptionally good course. One of the best I have seen.
Presenter was excellent
HE is a great speaker on this topic!
Smiley is a great lecturer
Excellent speaker. Very well done.
I thought Andrew Smiley did a great job.
outstanding in tone, content, flow, clarity
Entertaining and effective presentation.
Used great examples.
This guy is really good. I've seen a few of his presentations.
Mr. Smiley is one of my favorite presenters.
Excellent topic and information !
Mr. Smiley's presentation on cross examination was very helpful. He gave concrete practical advice for the proper way to prepare for and conduct a good cross.
Killer course! Good presentation with practical information. Excellent presenter.
Fantastic! Thanks Andrew.
Andrew's presentation and teaching are excellent!!! He has a way of making one feel comfortable in preparing for trial and cross examination!! It's not some overwhelming task if you prepare, think carefully about what you want to establish, and realize that you don't have to be a Clarence Darrow to try a case and cross examine witnesses!! You get the feeling that you can be yourself, do your homework, and feel confident that you can get all the apples for your basket for use in closing argument!! Really nice!!!
Andrew Smiley delivered an entertaining program that was very informative.
Excellent presenter and content. I will watch this again.
Mr Smileys programs are the absolute best.
Great presentation on cross examination. You will definitely pick up some useful tips here.
Top notch program. Excellent speaker.
Very good presentation!
Good basic preparation course.
my first time using lawliine and I am very impressed at how enjoyable it is.One does not get the feel as if the have to take is because it is required , Learnig is enjoyable.
Good course, well spoken speaker, would have simply enjoyed him going a bit more in-depth, possibly a two hour course.
I enjoyed this speaker. His examples and strategies were easy to follow and will be easy to apply in practice.
Excellent presenter. Utilize his knowledge and experience in as many trial-related courses as possible.
Excellent; thorough and very interesting speaker.
Fantastic! I'd love to hear more from this presenter.
This is a nice program for a novice.
presenter was excellent
Excellent speaker, as always
Hands-on CLE is great. Presenter did excellent job and had great examples for us to follow.
Great presentation; great ideas for cross-x prep
Terific course and Mr Smiley is very very good.
Well done presentation! Thank you!
He kept it simple, and while not said directly, his examples of questions to ask and how to ask them were even more instructional on how to deal with a jury.
Informative and captivating.
Exceptionally practical, especially for attorneys new to trial work and depositions
This was very good!
great presentation. held my interest to the end.
Very well organized. Great speaker and examples. Very useful.
Great course confirming and giving confidence to what I have done in the past
Smiley is the best.
Mr. Smiley was a great presenter. Clear and precise.
Very impressive presentation.
He's a very good presenter.
Fantastic. good review for any lawyer seasoned or not
one of the best presenters for Lawline.
Useful primer or refresher on cross exam skills, even for veterans.
This was an excellent course. Please consider having an entire set of trial techniques presented by Andrew Smiley, eg: jury selection, opening and summation etc. Also, it would be great to have a deposition cle course conducted by Mr. Smiley. I appreciate
Extremely valuable CLE - one of the best I've seen.
I wish Andrew had taught at my law school.
Attorney Smiley was articulate and thorough in his description of the dos and don'ts
He knows his subject. That's the main thing. Good information.
This was a very effective course.
Effective instructor. I enjoyed this course very much.
Very informative, would watch again
Excellent speaker, excellent presentation!
Smiley is the best. I wish he did a course on direct examinations.
The supplementary materials and visual aids were extremely helpful. In particular, it was helpful to see the presenter's own notes/materials used for his cross-examinations. This gives us a good idea of what to expect, but also provides a basis for formin
really well organized excellent web format too.
Great material; well presented.
Excellent lecture with practical suggestions and good examples.
The speaker had good advice and delivered it effectively.
Excellent seminar!!! The speaker was engaging and the materials something I can definitely refer back to when preparing for cross.
very knowledgable and succinct
presenter excellent, as always
Very nice nuts and bolts presentation with an eye towards strategy.
Outstanding presentation. Very engaging.
he was very practical. good straightforward info
Smooth, polished and articulate presentation
Andrew Smiley knows what he is doing. He explains the art of preparing for cross examination well, and he keeps you interested. A+
great speaker direct and to the point. will take his other courses.
One of the best courses.
That lawyer, Smiley, is great. plain and simple, great teacher.
Excellent course! Very helpful.
clear and concise. use of outline notes particularly helpful
Really top-notc h. I liked the fact that even though the speaker is obviously somebody who can be very dramatic in the courtroom when needed, his presentation was not about dramatic skills but about the logical strategy that any lawyer can use, whether h
I always enjoy Mr. Smiliey's presentations. Thanks
Great presentation. Useful as a refresher and even picked up some new ideas.
He's really terrific.
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