The Power of Public Speaking: Developing Presentation Skills for Effective Cross Examinations

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Litigation

Course Description

This course, taught by Robert J. Jossen, a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a well-recognized teacher in trial advocacy, and Barbara Barron, MS CCC SLP, a highly regarded voice and speech pathologist with a private practice in New York concentrating in Voice training for Professional Speakers, will explore public speaking techniques and how they can be used to conduct effective cross examinations. 

Public speaking and presentation skills are important for practitioners in all aspects of law practice, whether litigators or non-courtroom lawyers, however, developing these skills is critical when planning for and conducting cross examinations. This program will discuss warm up exercises to maximize the voice as a vital instrument in public speaking; how to use your voice to create drama, pace and emphasis in cross examination; how to control nervousness and accentuate your demeanor; how to plan for and use the fundamental tools of cross examination and set appropriate expectations for what you hope to achieve during cross. The program will cover cross examination of lay witnesses and experts alike.

This program is designed to benefit trial attorneys at any level of experience, as well as any attorneys interested in improving their public speaking abilities. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Set achievable expectations for cross examination
  2. Identify critical public speaking techniques for use in cross examining lay or expert witnesses
  3. Use voice control for effective pacing and heightened drama in the courtroom 

Credit Information

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Robert J. Jossen is the past Chair of Dechert’s global litigation practice. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr. Jossen has tried to verdict more than 40 cases, including numerous non-jury trials and arbitrations in courts and forums throughout the United States. In addition, he has handled many preliminary injunctions and other hearings, and has represented clients in matters before the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the New York Stock Exchange, FINRA, and other federal and state regulatory bodies. Mr. Jossen focuses on complex commercial litigation, securities and white collar criminal defense, and legal ethics.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Jossen was Chief Appellate Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and earlier an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Marvin E. Frankel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Jossen has been consistently ranked as a leading lawyer for white- collar crime and government investigation in Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers in the United States based on the opinions of their peers and clients, raving that he is "very knowledgeable, has a great sense of strategy and is really good at looking down the road and seeing how the case will proceed." Mr. Jossen has been recognized for his white-collar criminal defense practice by The Legal 500 US, which praised his "ability to advise clients, address client needs and manage litigation." He is also regularly listed by The Best Lawyers in America for bet-the- company litigation, commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Benchmark Litigation has regularly recognized Mr. Jossen as a “Litigation Star” for his white-collar criminal defense and general commercial litigation practices, and in 2014 applauded him for being “highly regarded among peers.” Mr. Jossen has also been named to Global Investigations Review’s list of “Who’s Who Legal Investigations 2015,” and has been listed for more than 20 years as one of the best commercial and white collar criminal defense litigators in the country in the Best Lawyers in America.

Barbara Barron is a speech pathologist and voice trainer who has an extensive private practice in New York.