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Maureen Whelton and Colin Stevenson chair OBA Program – Expert Strategies for Trial Preparation

On November 24, 2017, Maureen Whelton and Colin Stevenson chair Ontario Bar Association program on Expert Strategies for Trial Preparation

Experienced trial counsel taught how to refine and develop trial preparation skills with efficient and successful methods.  The program showed you how to pitch the most persuasive theory of a case, open with confidence, examine with skill, close with authority and how to be ready to handle the many complications that may arise. Attendees benefited from knowing how to create and use checklists that will keep trial preparation organized, thorough and on track.

The Frame: Theory of the Case
Robyn White, Cavalluzzo LLP

·  What do you need to consider when developing the theory of your case?

·  How to decide when more than one theory fits

·  Understand why a clear theory assists with successful trial preparation

Dot the I’s and Cross the T’s: The Critical Importance of Checklists
Peter Cho, Smitiuch Injury Law

·  Why are checklists so crucial?

·  How do you itemize what is necessary to your case?

·  Why do you need to refer to and continually update your lists on your way to trial?

Openings (How not to lose) and Closings (How to win)
Eric Pellegrino, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Natalie MacDonald, MacDonald & Associates

·  Learn how to create a compelling story

·  How to prepare and what to include

·  What should you not do and what is left out?

·  Understand the law regarding opening & closing arguments

Inch by Inch – Preparation for Examinations in Chief
Robert Hine, Goldman Hine LLP
Christine Lonsdale, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

·  How do you ask concise, focused questions that get you the answers you need to prove your case?

·  Canvass how to prove your case without leading the witness

·  Hone your skills with proven strategies and approaches

And Row by Row – Preparation for Cross-Examinations
Paul Schabas, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Lara Fitzgerald-Husek, Oatley Vigmond

·  How do you prepare for cross-examination of your witness?

·  What strategies do you use to sharpen your skills?

·  Discuss ways in which you stay focused and elicit the testimony you require for your case

Averting Catastrophe: How to Deal with Everything that Goes Wrong at a Trial
Mark Veneziano, Lenczner Slaght LLP

·  What possible issues can arise at the last minute?

·  How do you determine what steps to take to minimize the effect on your case?

·  Is there any way you can plan ahead for unforeseen obstacles?

·  Discuss how to stay focused in light of any unexpected issues arising