The Indivisible Trial: The Trial as a Seamless Whole

Production Date: September 04, 2014 Practice Areas: Criminal Law and Litigation Estimated Length: 5572 minutes


$ 89 Criminal Law and Litigation In Stock

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.


Learning Objectives: 

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  

Bridget Z.
Somerville, MA

Appreciate the enthusiasm and experience of speaker.

Ryan N.
Emmett, ID

Great job!

Mark M.
San Bernardino, CA

Outstanding presenter in all respects

Kathryne W.
Chandler, AZ

Excellent comments on preserving issues for appeal

Daniel O.
Bangor, PA

Memorable and highly useful for our profession.

Kristine C.
Dubuque, IA

Excellent presentation. Thank you!

Corey E.
Renton, WA

Thank you

Gregory N.
Cary, NC

Hochheiser is outstanding. His insights share his extensive experience and is an aid to all. Thanks,Larry

Elizabeth S.
Galveston, TX

Great presenter!!

Simon S.

excellent courses

jon s.
Brownsville, TX

Excellent. Not Guilty!

Mark P.
Middlefield, CT


Varun G.
Nedlands, WA

This is an excellent, well thought through and very useful seminar.

Eileen V.
East Rockaway, NY

Could listen to this gentleman lecture all day long. Great learning experience!! Bravo!!

Cecil F.
Jersey City, NJ

Best lecturer ever.

Arthur R.
Chicago, IL

Lawrence was excellent

Joseph L.
Houston, TX

Good presentation

Jerry L G.
Owensboro, KY

A very sincere lecturer. Informative and interesting. Thank you.

Brent W.
Martinsville, IL

well taught.

Charles H.
Dallas, TX

Great course

Robert L.
Middletown, NY

Very good in all respects.

Kathryn M.
Waterloo, IA

very well done, great speaker

Neil S.
Pompano Beach, FL

100% worth my time!

Daniel M.
Metaire, LA

The Presenter provided an eminence amount of information in a clear and understandable way. An excellent program.

Steven W.
Squaw Valley, CA

Great insightful speaker

Lee L.
Parsippany, NJ

Good program

Donald T.
Reston, VA

See if you can get him to do a part II. Anything he might choose to talk about would be worth hearing.

Peter A.
Hazlet, NJ

Great course! I am reminded of Professor Irving Younger and would recommend this video to all trial attorneys!

Rebecca R.
Federal Way, WA

Very informative.

Phillp S.
Bedford, TX


William L S.
Dallas, TX

Great presentation on difficult topic.

Catherine B.
Nashville, TN

The presenter was terrific! More from him please.

Carey L.
Bloomington, IL

Mr. Hochheiser is a superb teacher. Easy to listen to, and understand his concepts.

S.A. M.
Atlanta, GA

Enlightening and entertainingly presented

Howard W.
New York, NY

Great job, Larry

William C.
St. Louis, MO

Outstanding presentation

Tom D.
Barrington Hills, IL

Superb presentation.

William H.
Wilmette, IL

Absolutely great Teacher!

Michael C.
Palatine, IL


Jennifer D.
Algonquin, IL

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!

Kenneth Lee M.
Virginia Beach, VA

This guy knows his business. I am glad he shared it with me.

Jeffrey K.
Chicago, IL

Great seminar

Gilmer, TX

Great Speaker. Very Practical advice.

Robert S.
Anaheim, LB


Dane R.
Hanover, PA

I watched both of Lawrence's courses. Great insights.

Nicholas G. K.
New York, NY

Hockheiser is one of the best for a reason. great presentaiton

Steve V.
Sherman, TX


eric c.


Bradford c.
Fort Lauderdale, FL

one of the best so far

Allan C.
placentia, CA

Wonderful presentation. Wish it could have been longer.

Stephen M.
New York, NY

One of the best presentations I've ever seen on Lawline!

Stephen U.
Getzville, NY

This is the best CLE I have ever seen

B.Casey Y.
Newport Beach, CA

Good presentation; interesting to hear other approaches to trial.

Becky M.
Henderson, NC

Great presentation! Best I CLE ever .

Donald S.
Cortlandt Manor, NY

Excellent. His experience is priceless.

Kevin S.
Chapel Hill, NC

Just a fantastic speaker. On point and clear.

Benjamin K.
Mansfield, OH

fantastic insight to trial process

Patricia C.
Jefferson, TX

Outstanding written materials

Melissa J.
Bronx, NY

excellent speaker

Clute, TX

Very informative presentation.

Patrick S.
Califon, NJ

What a wonderful speaker

Kathy M.
Amarillo, TX

Very informative and well presented program.

Alastair D.
Virginia Beach, VA

He made very good use of anecdotes, analogies and personal experiences.

Ron G.
Owasso, OK

Fantastic. Greatly enjoyed it.

john t.
Richmond, VA


William T.
Point Pleasant, NJ


Murray L.
West Palm Beach, FL

Excellent speaker

Frank E.
Newport News, VA

Very helpful to both criminal and civil trial lawyers

Elizabeth S.

Excellent presentation

David K.
Falls Church, VA

Good insight into trial preparation and juror's mind

Elena R.
Papillion, NE

I'd love to see the presenter do other CLEs on evidence at trial

James R. B.
alexandra, VA

Very good

Stuart S.
Charlottesville, VA

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...

James R.
Alexandria, VA

Great presentation from an outstanding lawyer who has obviously tried many cases and knows what works and what doesn't work.

Ken C.
Marietta, GA

Would like to have heard more from this instructor.

Edward R.
Fairfax, VA


Michael W.
Philadelphia, PA

Very good sort of basic criminal defense advocacy

wilson l.
Yaphank, NY

GOLD NUGGET. GEM. Best lecture! I would listen to 24 hours of lectures from him.

Stephen M.
Tyler, TX

Got better as it went. I really liked the detailed parts.

Julian L.

This was geared toward criminal defense practice but still pointed out some very good tips to use in civil trial work.

Salvatore T.
Bloomingdale, IL

if there were a ten to mark, I would. Law Line should consider an entire course of CLE by this presenter.

Randal W.

love his style greatly enhances his credibility

Gail B.
Virginia Beach, VA

As a defense trial lawyer, I must say that this is the BEST!!

Thomas W.
Waynesboro, VA

He makes it look easy.

Karen W.
Danvers, MA

Excellent presenter; very knowledgable

Paul G.
Webster, NY

By far the best lecture I've seen

Ranakdevi L.

A truly excellent presentation for all trial attorneys.

Jeffrey N.
Gladewater, TX


Michael S.
Nashville, TN

Now that is a great CLE - 1.5 hours of tips from a master!

Gerard S.
North Collins, NY

I feel as if my understanding of trial practice has been raised up. Hallelujah!

Robert A. S.
Arlington Heights, LB

Well done

Leo P.
Kissimmee, FL

A winning combination: informative AND enjoyable

Daniel B.
Washington Mills, NY

Fantastic presentation.

Marshall L. E.
Farmville, VA

Excellent presentation

Joshua W.
Houston, TX

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!

Melea B.
Tuckahoe, NY

If I only had a mentor like him. He needs to do many more courses.

David L.
Camarillo, CA

Excellent in every aspect.

Taryn S.
Chicago, IL


Rodney M.
Sugar Land, TX

Outstanding presentation

Michael I.
Ogden, UT

Wonderful teacher!

Jamie N.
Fayetteville, NC

I greatly enjoyed the speaker and the information he presented.

Robert T.
Palatine, IL

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

Boris S.
Arlington Heights, IL

Good speaker

Jack H.
Temple, TX


Neal N.
Chicago, IL

He was very good.

Steven S.
Deerfield, IL

I thought Mr. Hochheiser did a wonderful job

Ruth G.
Chicago, IL

Excellent delivery, good advice.

Bradley W.
Waxahachie, TX

Very good presentation.

Cynthia B.
Garland, TX

Excellent speaker and topic

Lance R.
Charlottesille, VA

Great presentation!

Paul D.
Hempstead, NY

Great program, maybe more valuable to the experience lawyer.

Thomas S.
Chicago, IL


James R.
Antioch, IL

Very interesting presentation

Anna S.
Glencoe, IL

One of the best courses I have heard online. I thoroughly enjoyed your use of the word sycophant.

Robin W.
Highland Park, IL


Rodolfo R.
Elgin, LB

This a great and practical seminar. If it is just the cliff notes, I want the Tome!!

Mark R.
Dallas, TX

Every lawyer would benefit from Hochheier's trial advice no matter whether the practice is criminal or civil!

Walter T.
Yorktown, VA

One of the best I've heard!

Jeannine N.
Atlanta, GA

Great presenter!

James L.
Sag Harbor, NY

technique was honest and real and effective

Waco, TX

lots of good nuts and bolts information

L. Zoe T.
Chicago, IL

Excellent presentation. Really outstanding!

Richard W.
Bronx, NY

Most informative and enjoyable presentation of the many I have seen.

keith k.
aquebogue, NY

Very knowledgable and thorough

Matt M.
Murphy, TX

Wisdom of experience

Jim G.
Houston, TX

good speaker

Andrietta W.
Chicago, IL

Excellent,speaker, great practical advice! An extremely effective presentation.

Lenda B.
Terrell, TX


Robert S.

excellent course, best i have heard.

Terry T.
Oak Park, IL

This guys the best of the best.

June B. F.
Lake Zurich, IL


Donna W.
Northbrook, IL

The speaker is obviously a gifted lawyer. He really held my attention and is truly a great teacher as well.

Bryan H.
Chattanooga, TN

Great lecture for sure.

Christopher Sean Y.
Virginia Beach, VA

Great CLE !

Gerald K W.

Great job

Karen S.
Dallas, TX

Great job!

Sally W.
New York, NY

The Hyman Roth quote from the Godfather at the end of the presentation? Priceless. Great class.

Randall S.
Salt Lake City, UT

Great Speaker. Would like to see other courses he teaches.

Derek W.
Shelbyville, KY

Presentation was well done.

R. Sean M.
Allen, TX

Great practical road map of techniques for use in any type of trial.

William J.


Alexander M.
Sanger, CA

Best speaker I have seen so far and maybe in any MCE lecture

Terry K.
Los Angeles, CA

Very effective and enjoyable presentation.

Eliot W.
Bronx, NY

Brilliant presentation with great direction to reach a jury.

James H. G.
Sun City West, AZ


Edward P.
Lake Barrington, IL

This speaker is a really shrewd man and a really shrewd lawyer. He could represent me any day!

wolfgang k.
Laguna Niguel, CA

This is what Lawline delivers. Experienced application of legal principal vs technical legal procedure.

claudia b.
Keansburg, NJ

great speaker. interesting.

Maria T.
Bronx, NY

One of the best CLE courses at Lawline

Michael G.
Mountain Home, AR

Good stuff and the speaker was a lot of fun to listen to.

kenneth k.
Ardsley, NY

the best so far.

Marc K.

That was terrific! Thank you.

Allegra D.
Scottsdale, AZ


Hwesu M.
Mount Vernon, NY

Very well done.

Dominika S.
Glencoe, IL

This was the best CLE course I've taken, very riveting.

Gregory D.
Crompond, NY

More please. Great speaker.

Gary L.
Acton, MA

Maybe the best video course I have seen.

Gary N.
Union, NJ

Great job

Ari U.
Hackensack, NJ


Ray H.
Galveston, TX


daniel s.
lindenhurst, NY

motivating speaker

Michael C.
Naperville, IL

Wow, great job!

Sharon H.
Spring, TX

He was a mentor of critical ideas regarding trials. I took 90+ notes.

Jerry S.
Killeen, TX

very inspiring

John M.
Pasadena, TX

great presentation.

David T.
Teaneck, NJ

Far and away the best I have heard

David J.
Camp Hill, PA

There's some great advice in this course. I'm really glad the presenter decided to share his years of experience with us.

Joseph A.
Baltimore, MD

Awesome- love the checklist.

Louise B.
Aroma Park, IL

good strategy tips

Edward G.
Palos Heights, IL

This speaker was a pro

lewis r.
Queens, NY


Mindi S.
New York, NY

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

Kory S.
Katy, TX

Excellent presentation; easily the best I've seen on Lawline.

bruce g.
Barrington Hills, IL

very informative

Julie A. B.
Hiles, WI

An essential primer on the topic complete with nuts and bolts as well as do’s and don’ts.