This course will provide an overview of the modern day courtroom trial. It will focus on the major aspects of the criminal trial process, with much of the discussion applying to both criminal and civil trials. The topics will include jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross-examinations, objections, closing arguments, jury instructions and deliberations, verdicts, and motions.
The program will be presented by Alan Vinegrad, a partner at Covington & Burling LLP and a former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Vinegrad has tried over 20 cases in court, has taught trial advocacy at New York Law School for over 20 years, and has presided over numerous mock trials at various law schools in New York City.
This course originally appeared as a part of our June 2017 Bridge the Gap Event.
Alan Vinegrad is a partner in the firm's New York office and a member of the firm's White Collar Defense and Trial Practice Groups. His practice focuses on representing individuals, corporations and corporate board committees in a wide variety of criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, as well as in complex civil litigation. He has represented numerous clients in connection with investigations and prosecutions by the U.S. Department of Justice, various U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York State Attorney General, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
Mr. Vinegrad joined the firm after serving as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. He previously served as the office's Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief of the Criminal Division, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, Chief of Civil Rights Litigation and Chief of General Crimes. In addition to his executive and supervisory responsibilities, Mr. Vinegrad investigated and prosecuted numerous criminal cases, personally tried over a dozen cases, and argued over 20 cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Good practical insights, tools, such as always starting cross with non-confrontational questions to elicit helpful testimony before going into areas that witness would feel defensive about. That would also work in situations outside courtroom settings. Those are the kinds of tips that add a lot of value to these courses.
Too general an overview not enough concrete examples of using technologies
Very strong presentation.
Contains some neat ideas.
Mr. Vinegrad was excellent in laying out the entire trial--step by step --with a lot of good examples and suggestions!! And he never skipped a beat--very persuasive presentation!! Obviously an excellent course to watch when a trial is right around the corner!!
Great suggestions for technology management at trial.