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Family Law Experts Series:
Trial Advocacy

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Focus

In CFLR's first installment of the newly-launched CFLR Family Law Experts Series, this three-day 18-hour program on Trial Advocacy brings together an all-star faculty of appellate justices, along with family law judges, attorneys and forensic experts. The program is specially designed for family law practitioners; the emphasis is on competent and effective evidentiary hearing and trial skills under the Evidence Code and relevant Family Rules of Court.

 

Given the statutory and CRC mandate that, absent good cause or stipulation, the court must receive "live, competent, and admissible testimony" at all Family Code motion and OSC hearings, the interplay of family law principles, proper evidentiary presentation and trial skills has become most important. Many hearings that used to be conducted on declarations alone must now proceed as "mini-trials," subject to all the evidentiary rules governing civil trials.

 

Special Interactive Program Features: Our expert panelists will guide you through the program topics in the context of two hypothetical family law cases, beginning with preparation of the trial brief, continuing through to presentation of your case at hearings and trials, and concluding with analysis of the findings you want the court to make. You will see experts in the field demonstrate and discuss direct and cross-examination techniques in the common, yet difficult, contexts of child custody, domestic violence, relocation, income for support, and business valuation.

This is a don't miss event for both seasoned family law litigators and those who simply want to improve their trial advocacy skills.

 

Faculty

All-star faculty of Attorneys, Judges, and Justices!

 

Course Highlights

PREPARATION FOR HEARINGS AND TRIALS
• Trial brief, exhibits and witness list
• Organizing documents, preparing witnesses

 

BURDENS OF PROOF

 

AUTHENTICATION - LAYING A FOUNDATION VOIR DIRE OF EXPERTS
• Strategies to undercut foundation for opposing
  experts’ opinions

 

EFFECTIVE USE OF OBJECTIONS AT HEARINGS AND TRIALS
• Common mistakes in making objections in family law

 

ASSERTING AND OVERCOMING PRIVILEGE OBJECTIONS
• Medical and psychological records
• Mediation confidentiality

 

APPLYING HEARSAY RULE AND EXCEPTIONS IN A FAMILY LAW SETTING

 

ADMISSIBILITY OF ELECTRONICALLY-STORED INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS

 

DIRECT TESTIMONY
• Planning direct testimony to anticipate and
  undercut future cross-examination
• What to ask; how to ask it
• Coordinating exhibits and witnesses for
effective presentation

EFFECTIVE PRESENTATION OF CASE-IN-CHIEF A ND CROSS-EXAMINATION
• In child custody proceedings; tactical tips on direct and cross-examination of custody evaluators
• Of forensic accountants and other financial experts on support and business valuation issues
• To hone the best evidence in domestic violence proceedings

 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS RE FAM.C. §217 EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS
• Differences from full evidentiary hearing
• Making the most out of the §217 hearing; using the hearing as a discovery mechanism

 

UNIQUE ROLE OF FINDINGS AND STATEMENT O F DECISION IN FAMILY LAW
• Analytical tools and skills for effective preservation of the record
• Anticipating effect of implied findings

 

Course Materials
The course materials include a complete set of slides and worksheets used by the presenters. Enrollees can select to receive printed course materials or course materials on USB drive, which allows you to save them to your hard drive and take notes directly next to the material covered. Enrollees must bring their laptop to the program in order to use the USB drive.

 

MCLE/Specialization Credit: Approval of specialization credit in Family Law has been granted by the California Board of Legal Specialization, and approval of MCLE credit for this activity has been granted by the State Bar of California in the amount of 18 hours, including 1.5 hours of legal ethics.

 

 

 

 

   

last Session Offered

 

LIVE PROGRAM

Costa Mesa
September 7 - 9, 2012 (Fri. - Sun.)
Westin South Coast Plaza
686 Anton Boulevard
(714) 540-2500

 

VIDEO REPLAY PROGRAMS

Santa Clara
October 5 - 7, 2012 (Fri. - Sun.)
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great America Parkway
(408) 200-1234


Carlsbad
November 2 - 4, 2012 (Fri. - Sun.)
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa
5480 Grand Pacific Drive
(760) 827-2400

 

 

Download Course Brochure (enrollment form included)
Download Enrollment Form

 

 

 

Tuition

 

Advanced Tuition ........ $1,895
"At Door" Tuition ........ $2,495

 

Tuition Deadlines

 

Enrollees are entitled to early enrollment discounts. Your registration(s) will be considered “At Door” unless received in our office by the deadline dates listed below (NO EXCEPTIONS):

 

Advanced tuition deadlines:
Costa Mesa: 8-31-2012
Santa Clara: 9-28-2012
Carlsbad:: 10-26-2012

 

 

 

Special Offers For Enrollees

 

TRG’s California Practice Guide: Family Law
$250 + sales tax
(regularly $525)

 

New! California Practice Guide: Family Law FORMS
$150 + sales tax
(regularly $245) 

 

To order, please call (800) 747-3161, ext. 2

 
     
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