On Demand

Modern Day Trial Advocacy

1h 15m

Created on June 25, 2017




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. 

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Understand the fundamental aspects of the trial process, with a focus on criminal trials
  2. Identify key differences between trying criminal cases in state and federal courts
  3. Discuss the use of technology in the courtroom and how to incorporate technology into effective trial advocacy

This course originally appeared as a part of our June 2017 Bridge the Gap Event.

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