From the Opening Statement to the Summation, a trial is more than just an ordered arrangement of connected parts. Indeed, for defense attorney Lawrence Hochheiser, the trial is a "seamless whole."
Mr. Hochheiser demonstrates how to effectively present the Defendant’s "narrative" of the case by artfully weaving the facts into a story that the jury will understand and wish to embrace. His method of persuasion involves the transformation from lawyer to trusted teacher, using the creative employment of modern insights into the human mind. He also acknowledges the difficult challenge of doing so within the restrictive confines of a trial process uninformed by a workable understanding of how people really make decisions. Along the way, this experienced presenter visits more mundane subjects such as methods for maintaining control during cross-examination, dealing with the coerced confession case, and revealing the behind-closed-doors preparation of the Cooperator-Witness. Such nuts-and-bolts trial topics – important enough for separate analysis – are presented in greater detail in Mr. Hochheiser’s accompanying outline.
Always with an eye toward a sensible and persuasive Summation, Mr. Hochheiser explains how to justify the "lines" already drawn during the story told in the Opening Statement by "connecting the dots" provided by evidence used for confirmation. This is a must-see for all criminal defense lawyers who do or will try cases to juries.
I. Appreciate that our trial structure is based on centuries-old notions of how people (jurors) form beliefs and make decisions
II. Understand today’s evolved wisdom about how people (jurors) really form beliefs and make decisions
III. Utilize today’s knowledge of the human mind within the confines of our restrictive, clunky trial apparatus
IV. Overcome restraints of trial format to educate our jurors, engage their true mental processes, and shape their decision
Attorney Lawrence Hochheiser is the Senior Partner at the firm, and has a background that has proven to be of great value to the defendants the firm represents. He is a graduate of NYU Law School, and subsequently served as Assistant District Attorney for New York County for the years 1967-1971. During his tenure in this capacity, he was focused on investigating organized crime, working in the Rackets Bureau. This background has given him a deep insight into every aspect of the criminal justice system from both sides of the aisle.
Understanding the prosecution and the inner workings of the system has made it more possible to craft a strategically planned criminal defense case. Mr. Hochheiser is the former president of the New York Criminal Bar Association, and a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
He is often called upon to lecture on various subjects surrounding criminal law for a range of organizations, including the Nassau County Criminal Courts Association and the Westchester County Bar Association, the New York State Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force and many other organizations that have sought his professional skills as a speaker on various subjects.
He is a respected educator, and has been a guest lecturer in organized crime courses at NYU, Cornell and Columbia Law Schools. He has earned countless honors and accolades, including being acknowledged "for excellence in the practice of criminal law" and the "maintenance of the professional's highest standards. He is the recipient of the Frank S. Hogan Association Award for Legal Excellence.
He has been named by New York Magazine and the Best lawyer in America as among the "The New York Area's Best Lawyers" in the category of criminal defense. Attorney Lawrence Hochheiser is admitted to practice in all state courts, as well as federal courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, as well as the Supreme Court.
There are few legal professionals in the area that have such an extensive experience and success in criminal court, or such a deep understanding of the entire justice system. The knowledge and experience he brings to the table has been a significant factor in making the firm, Hochheiser & Hochheiser LLP, one of the most respected criminal law firms in the New York City area.
One of the best tutorials on trial practice in a concise and comprehensive presentation. A nuts and bolts realistic view of the importance of every aspect of a trial and how jurors really make decisions.
Excellent. Just excellent.
Very interesting and experienced speaker. After recently completing a trial, a lot of his wisdom resonated.
Appreciate the enthusiasm and experience of speaker.
Outstanding presenter in all respects
Excellent comments on preserving issues for appeal
Memorable and highly useful for our profession.
Excellent presentation. Thank you!
Hochheiser is outstanding. His insights share his extensive experience and is an aid to all. Thanks,Larry
Excellent. Not Guilty!
This is an excellent, well thought through and very useful seminar.
Could listen to this gentleman lecture all day long. Great learning experience!! Bravo!!
Best lecturer ever.
Lawrence was excellent
A very sincere lecturer. Informative and interesting. Thank you.
Very good in all respects.
very well done, great speaker
100% worth my time!
The Presenter provided an eminence amount of information in a clear and understandable way. An excellent program.
Great insightful speaker
See if you can get him to do a part II. Anything he might choose to talk about would be worth hearing.
Great course! I am reminded of Professor Irving Younger and would recommend this video to all trial attorneys!
Great presentation on difficult topic.
The presenter was terrific! More from him please.
Mr. Hochheiser is a superb teacher. Easy to listen to, and understand his concepts.
Enlightening and entertainingly presented
Great job, Larry
Absolutely great Teacher!
I don't practice criminal law, but this course was so interesting and helpful and well-taught that even I understood the concepts. Great course!
This guy knows his business. I am glad he shared it with me.
Great Speaker. Very Practical advice.
I watched both of Lawrence's courses. Great insights.
Hockheiser is one of the best for a reason. great presentaiton
BEST PROGRAM I HAVE SEEN ON LAWLINE
A SUPER STAR! BRINGHIM BACK FOR AN CORE EACH YEAR
one of the best so far
Wonderful presentation. Wish it could have been longer.
One of the best presentations I've ever seen on Lawline!
This is the best CLE I have ever seen
Good presentation; interesting to hear other approaches to trial.
Great presentation! Best I CLE ever .
Excellent. His experience is priceless.
Just a fantastic speaker. On point and clear.
fantastic insight to trial process
Outstanding written materials
Very informative presentation.
What a wonderful speaker
Very informative and well presented program.
He made very good use of anecdotes, analogies and personal experiences.
Fantastic. Greatly enjoyed it.
VERY GOOD BECAUSE VERY PRACTICAL
Very helpful to both criminal and civil trial lawyers
Good insight into trial preparation and juror's mind
I'd love to see the presenter do other CLEs on evidence at trial
Fantastic--I am sure I'll never need to retain the professor, but I am also sure I couldn't afford him if I did...
Great presentation from an outstanding lawyer who has obviously tried many cases and knows what works and what doesn't work.
Would like to have heard more from this instructor.
Very good sort of basic criminal defense advocacy
GOLD NUGGET. GEM. Best lecture! I would listen to 24 hours of lectures from him.
Got better as it went. I really liked the detailed parts.
This was geared toward criminal defense practice but still pointed out some very good tips to use in civil trial work.
if there were a ten to mark, I would. Law Line should consider an entire course of CLE by this presenter.
love his style greatly enhances his credibility
As a defense trial lawyer, I must say that this is the BEST!!
He makes it look easy.
Excellent presenter; very knowledgable
By far the best lecture I've seen
A truly excellent presentation for all trial attorneys.
Now that is a great CLE - 1.5 hours of tips from a master!
I feel as if my understanding of trial practice has been raised up. Hallelujah!
A winning combination: informative AND enjoyable
wow! There so many CLE's out there that are boring, water down, and so technical that they put you to sleep. After watching this CLE I'm chopping at the bit for another trial! Thank you!
If I only had a mentor like him. He needs to do many more courses.
Excellent in every aspect.
I greatly enjoyed the speaker and the information he presented.
Mr. Hochheiser has a valuable communication skill. He is not speaking at a rapid pace and he pauses to gather his thoughts without uhm and ah filling any voids. This in turn gives his audience time to digest useful trial techniques. The goal is easier
He was very good.
I thought Mr. Hochheiser did a wonderful job
Excellent delivery, good advice.
Very good presentation.
Excellent speaker and topic
Great program, maybe more valuable to the experience lawyer.
Very interesting presentation
One of the best courses I have heard online. I thoroughly enjoyed your use of the word sycophant.
This a great and practical seminar. If it is just the cliff notes, I want the Tome!!
Every lawyer would benefit from Hochheier's trial advice no matter whether the practice is criminal or civil!
One of the best I've heard!
technique was honest and real and effective
lots of good nuts and bolts information
Excellent presentation. Really outstanding!
Most informative and enjoyable presentation of the many I have seen.
Very knowledgable and thorough
Wisdom of experience
Excellent,speaker, great practical advice! An extremely effective presentation.
excellent course, best i have heard.
This guys the best of the best.
The speaker is obviously a gifted lawyer. He really held my attention and is truly a great teacher as well.
Great lecture for sure.
Great CLE !
The Hyman Roth quote from the Godfather at the end of the presentation? Priceless. Great class.
Great Speaker. Would like to see other courses he teaches.
Presentation was well done.
Great practical road map of techniques for use in any type of trial.
Best speaker I have seen so far and maybe in any MCE lecture
Very effective and enjoyable presentation.
Brilliant presentation with great direction to reach a jury.
This speaker is a really shrewd man and a really shrewd lawyer. He could represent me any day!
This is what Lawline delivers. Experienced application of legal principal vs technical legal procedure.
great speaker. interesting.
One of the best CLE courses at Lawline
Good stuff and the speaker was a lot of fun to listen to.
the best so far.
That was terrific! Thank you.
Very well done.
This was the best CLE course I've taken, very riveting.
More please. Great speaker.
Maybe the best video course I have seen.
Wow, great job!
He was a mentor of critical ideas regarding trials. I took 90+ notes.
Far and away the best I have heard
There's some great advice in this course. I'm really glad the presenter decided to share his years of experience with us.
Awesome- love the checklist.
good strategy tips
This speaker was a pro
I would give higher numbers if they were available. A must watch class. Strongly recommend it for all trial attorneys. Excellent cannot say enough about speaker and the way he covered the material
Excellent presentation; easily the best I've seen on Lawline.
An essential primer on the topic complete with nuts and bolts as well as do’s and don’ts.
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