Joan Rataic-Lang

Advocacy Masterclass - opening and closing statements at civil trial. Wednesday Nov 1, 2017, 3:45-7:00p

Advocacy Masterclass - Opening and Closing Statements at Civil Trial. Wednesday Nov 1, 2017, 3:45-7:00p

We are excited to announce one of our more interesting Nutshell experiments yet; a Masterclass on the Art of Advocacy.

It takes a skillful speaker to effectively and persuasively open and close a trial. These statements are key opportunities to capture the attention of a court room “audience”. Through the introduction of key facts while summarizing critical evidence, both sides use these stages of the trial to cement their theory of the case in the minds of the trier of fact. Come and learn from experienced barristers effective strategies to improve your game in court room advocacy.

The panel discussion will feature, among other topics:
Goals of opening and closing statements - how to better define & achieve them;
• Tips for tailoring your approach for trial in front of a judge or jury; and,
Dealing effectively with opposing counsel

The Advocacy Masterclass – Opening and Closing Statements at Civil Trial nutshell will provide you with the information you need to craft and deliver effective opening and closing statements. Featuring an esteemed panel of trial tested litigators, including John McLeish, of McLeish Orlando, Paul Tushinski, from Dutton Brock and The Honourable Victoria R. Chiappetta, Superior Court of Justice, views from both the Plaintiff and Defence perspective as well as the additional perspective from the bench will be represented. Participants can expect to receive invaluable insights into how opening and closing statements can be used to maximize their case at trial. The evening will be moderated by Geoffrey L Keating, of Kostyniuk & Greenside Lawyers.

Please note because of the wealth of accomplishments in this selection of speakers, and expanse of their collective experience, the Nutshell will be beginning at an earlier hour than usual. The CPD reflects this with the accreditation of 45 minutes of Professionalism Content and two hours of Substantive content

This tailored attitude to CPD is what a TLA Nutshell is all about. Nutshells run in the evening, generally last a couple of hours, and offer CPD credits in a collegial, informal atmosphere. Our seminars are designed, written and presented by professionals and acknowledged leading lights from the Toronto legal community. Join us for interesting topics and great conversations.

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