Winning Trials: Learning from Experience Virtual CLE Seminar


Winning Trials: learning from experience

virtual CLE Seminar

Friday, September 25, 2020
7.0 General Credits

8:30 am -
9:00 am

Challenges for Cause: A Fair and Unbiased Jury
Speaker: Robert Collins, Esq.

Learn how to reveal bias and ensure you have met the legal standard for a challenge for cause - the most powerful tool in eliminating biased jurors.

9:00 am -
9:30 am

Preparing Your Client for Direct Exam
Speaker: Timothy White, Esq.

Understanding your client's story is the key to being able to tell it to the jury. Tim will share his insight on how to know your client's story and how to tell it to the jury.

9:30 am - 
10:00 am

Direct Exam, Telling Your Client's Story
Speaker: Jeffrey Pitman, Esq.

Direct examination of your client may be the toughest part of the trial. Jeff will share his insights from over 30 years of trial experience on how to tell your client's story to the jury.

10:00 am -
10:15 am
10:15 am -
11:45 am

Keynote: From Hostage to Hero: Become the Hero Jurors Need
Speaker: Sari de la Motte, aka "The Attorney Whisperer"

In this keynote, Sari de la Motte will show you why jurors aren't the only hostages at trial; you're a hostage too. In order to win the jury over you first have to free yourself. Learn how to become the hero jurors need by moving yourself from hostage to hero.

11:45 am - 
12:45 pm
12:45 pm - 
1:15 pm

Lessons Learned from the First COVID-19 Civil Trial in New Mexico
Speaker: Kedar Bhaskar, Esq.

Kedar Bhaskar and MJ Keefe just completed one of the first civil personal injury jury trials in New Mexico with COVID-19 restrictions and safety protocols. Kedar will discuss lessons learned throughout the trial.

1:15 pm - 
1:45 pm

Data Visualization — Amplify Your Advocacy with Demonstrative Exhibits
Speaker: Allegra Carpenter, Esq.

Allegra will share her latest thoughts and strategies on visual portrayal of complex fact patterns for use throughout the case and certainly when heading to trial.

1:45 pm - 
2:30 pm

Going First — Defining the Case
Speaker: Lee Hunt, Esq.

We have the biggest advantage in a case — we get to go first. When we take the opportunity to not only 'give an opening;' but to define what the jurors are going to decide, we get ahead from the first moments of the trial. Defining the case in opening, is more than a set of rules or a story, it is about picking where you want the jurors' attention and spending your valuable time helping jurors believe that your case is on the right side of The Issue. Lee will walk through several openings from recent cases, including exhibit presentations used to successfully get jurors on his side from the beginning.

2:30 pm - 
2:45 pm
2:45 pm -
3:15 pm

Protecting Your Appellate Record
Speaker: Honorable Jane Yohalem, Court of Appeals

Judge Yohalem is our newest member of the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Judge Yohalem will provide insight into ensuring you can appeal.

3:15 pm - 
4:00 pm

A View from the Bench: Trials and Trial Practice
Speakers: Honorable Erin O'Connell, Honorable Joshua Allison, Honorable Lisa Ortega

Discussion led by Katie Curry. The most recent Second Judicial Civil Court judges will share their insights from the bench on trying cases and trial practice after being on the bench for a year. They will even discuss the latest COVID-19 trial and their perspective.

4:00 pm -
5:00 pm

Drink and Learn: Raise a Glass to Lessons Learned at Trial, a Panel Discussion
Speakers: Jesse Jacobus, Esq., George Weeth, Esq., Justin Kaufman, Esq., and Zackeree Kelin, Esq.

Discussion led by Ben Davis (with his own lessons). In an NMTLA first, we will collectively and virtually mix up a COVID-19 inspired cocktail (mocktail) (recipe included in the materials) to drown our collective trial losses. In this panel discussion, Jesse Jacobus, George Weeth, Justin Kaufman, and Zackeree Kelin/Ben Davis will take a look back at a lesson learned in recent trial losses.


Program Chairs: Katie Curry and Ben Davis

 - This seminar will not be recorded nor will the materials be available for purchase -




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Capital Strategies

Keith Padilla, CFP; Benjamin Walton; and Keith Jordan
Investment Adviser Representatives

Garrison Settlements

Ryan Garrison is a financial adviser and structured settlement consultant with a local Albuquerque office in Nob Hill.

Kelly Ramsdale & Associates

Plaintiff-only structured settlement consultant

New Mexico Bank & Trust

Wealth Advisory Services - Camilla Serrano, Sr. Wealth Specialist

Morrow Settlement Services

Structured Settlements

Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds received after 9/18/2020 cannot be honored but a substitute NMTLA General Member may attend.



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