2010 Mo Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference
Topic: Trial College/Litigation Track

Case Investigation and Evaluation

Friday, June 11
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Speakers: Nancy Kenner, Maurice Graham, Mariam Decker, J.R. Hobbs

Moderator: Zach Bickel

Course Materials:

Case Evaluation and Preparation - Defense Perspective (7 pages)

Case Investigation and Evaluation - Plaintiff's Perspective (1 page)


Jury Selection

Friday, June 11
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Speakers: David Ransin, Jim Morrow, Judge Frank Conley

Moderator: Doug Churovich

Course Materials:

Voir Dire from the Defense Perspective (6 pages)

Exhibit A: Standard of Care - Reasonably Competent Lawyer (1 page)

Exhibit B: Sympathy (2 pages)

Exhibit C (1 page)


Opening Statements

Friday, June 11
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Speakers: Bill Carr, Jim Morrow, Judge Robert Schieberg>

Moderator: Jason Conkright

Course Materials:

Opening Statement from the Defense Perspective (7 pages)


Direct and Cross Examination

Friday, June 11
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Speakers: Maurice Graham, Joe Passanise, Judge Gerald McBeth

Moderator: Gregory P. Zitko

Course Materials:

Cross-Examination Mistakes (3 pages)

Direct Examination Mistakes (3 pages)

Direct & Cross Examination in Criminal Cases (27 pages)
(Also available as PowerPoint and PDF, 3 per page)


Expert Witnesses

Saturday, June 12
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Speakers: Danny Thomas, John Schultz, Judge Sandra Midkiff

Moderator: Penny Umstattd Cope

Course Materials:

Expert Witnesses (13 pages)


Jury Instructions, Closing Statement, and Jury Deliberation

Saturday, June 12
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Speakers: Susan Ford Robertson, Judge Dale Youngs, Jim Frickleton

Moderator: Greg Zitko

Course Materials:

Issues Relating to Jury Instructions, Closing Statement, and Jury Deliberation (2 pages)