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Putting Your Client on the Stand: Direct Examinations in Criminal Cases

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Produced on July 16, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Criminal

Course Description

This program will review the fundamentals of direct examinations in criminal cases as well as legal, practical, and ethical considerations surrounding whether a defendant should testify and how to prepare them for testimony.

Presented by Adam M. Felsenstein, this program will benefit prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys alike.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the fundamentals of conducting a direct examination in a criminal case
  2. Identify common evidentiary and practical issues with conducting a direct examination
  3. Analyze practical and ethical issues surrounding advising a client to waive the Fifth Amendment and testify before the trier of fact
  4. Discuss ethical and practical considerations surrounding client testimony 

Credit Information

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Adam M. Felsenstein

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Adam M. Felsenstein is a partner in the law firm of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirchtritt, LLP.  Having tried numerous civil and criminal cases to verdict in state and federal courts, Adam is an experienced trial lawyer who uses his extensive trial experience to bear in resolving disputes for his clients and has developed a reputation as a fierce but judicious trial attorney. He focuses on crisis management, guiding clients through the complex civil disputes, government and regulatory investigations, and criminal investigations and indictments.

Adam is graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law


Bar Admissions:

New York

Southern District of New York

Eastern District of New York

Northern District of New York

Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces


Melissa W.

Really liked the presenter, he was fantastic.

John Richard K.

I have already recommended it.

Ryan L.

Excellently done presentation. Makes me wish I still practiced criminal law.

Scott N.

One of best presentations I have viewed.

James G.

The presentation was very good. Informative and held my attention.

Louis B.

enriching and engaging

Gary D.

If you haven’t done a witness exam lately, this course is an excellent refresher. The anecdotal material is brief, to the point and very helpful.

Ronald H.

The instructor was a good communicator, but the material was too basic.

Tom D.

Useful tips.

Gary C. D.

The closed captioning was very helpful, it should be available for all courses

carol ann a.

Well done. Interesting material, well-presented, containing practical advice supported by applicable law.

Steven K.

Thank you!

John M.

One of the best courses.

alan b.

His presentation was very thoughtful and thought provoking; I enjoyed it.

John G.

very thoughtful and "enriching"

Debra B.

Very interesting

Bernadette M.

I’ve found all Law line courses informative and helpful, but this was the best so far.

Kai D.

Good organization. Many good points made. Thank you

Robert K.

Best CLE program that I have seen in years. Thank you!

Jerry L G.

A thought-provoking discussion of client testimony during criminal trials. Thank you.

Carolyn H.

One of the best I have heard on Lawline.

Melissa L.

The presenter was amusing. And obviously knowledgable.

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