The Science and Art of Evidence in the Civil Trial

The Science and Art of Evidence in the Civil Trial
Session 1: Jury Selection and Opening Statements

The Science and Art of Evidence in the Civil Trial is a five-part series that will provide attendees with both substantive law and how-to-execute tools to be effective trial lawyers in both California state and federal courts. Session 1 will cover jury selection and opening statements; Session 2 will cover direct- and cross-examination of fact witnesses; Session 3 will cover direct- and cross-examination of expert witnesses; Session 4 will cover hearsay, other evidentiary exclusions, and privileges; and Session 5 will cover the admission / objection to documentary evidence and closing arguments.

In this first session, attendees will learn both the substantive rules and how-to of jury selection and opening statements. Topics will include:

  • Identifying proper and improper questions to jurors;
  • Identifying grounds to excuse jurors for cause;
  • Rehabilitating jurors who your opponent may challenge for cause;
  • Strategies for peremptory strikes;
  • Strategies for Batson/Wheeler motions;
  • The rules and strategies for opening statements;
  • Examples of effective / not-effective opening statements;
  • Strategies regarding demonstratives during opening statements. 

David Sugden is a shareholder at Call & Jensen. Mr. Sugden, who was recognized in 2016 as one of the “Top 50 Super Lawyers in Orange County,” and previously recognized by California’s Daily Journal as one of “California’s 20 Top Attorneys Under 40,” is a business trial lawyer. He has received praise from Judges and opposing counsel for his understanding of and the use of the evidence code. Mr. Sugden has won several seven- and eight- figure jury verdicts and judgments for corporate plaintiffs and has successfully defended several high-stakes cases for corporate defendants. Mr. Sugden has served as lead counsel in complex matters in California, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Georgia.

Dave represents corporate and individual plaintiffs and defendants in claims involving trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade dress, and trade secrets. He has also represented businesses in all aspects of employment litigation as well as a wide variety of general business litigation, including complex commercial disputes, business torts, and class actions.

Dave is is the author of Gray Markets: Prevention, Detection, and Litigation (Oxford University Press 2009).

This program is approved for 5.5 hrs of CA MCLE general credt hours, including 4.5 hrs of General Credit and 1 hr of Ethics.

Event Properties

Event Date 02-16-2018 9:00 am
Event End Date 02-16-2018 3:30 pm
Individual Price $245.00
Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Westin Bonaventure Hotel
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Group Rate

#Registrants Rate/Person($)
2 200.00
3 165.00

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