Event Start:
12/04/2018 4:00 PM
Event End:
12/04/2018 6:00 PM

When: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Social Law Library, Boston, MA.
Program Fee: Program Only - $65   Program and book - $99

CPCS approved for 2.0 hours of CLE credit for YAD, CAFL, adult criminal and post-conviction panels. Mental Health Litigation Division will give 2.0 trial skills credits.


The distinguished author of the American Bar Association best-selling book
Reinventing Witness Preparation: Unlocking the Secrets to Testimonial Success
Kenneth R. Berman, Partner, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Kenneth Berman will speak on his transformative approach to witness preparation.

In the first part, the author will give his engaging TED-style talk: “Why Smart People Give Stupid Testimony,” explaining the perils of the conventional approach to witness preparation and the philosophy underlying the more dynamic and enlightened approach taught in his book.

In the second part, the author will present another engaging TED-style talk: “Out of the Mouths of Politicians: Making Witnesses Great Again,” distilling important witness preparation lessons from famous statements by presidents and presidential candidates, focusing on the importance of addressing the imagery of a question, how to make an effective denial, how to eliminate testimonial ambiguities and misunderstandings, when to give the best answer, how to answer when recollection is impaired, and the importance of testimonial style in enhancing credibility.

In the third part, the author will take questions and offer advice on more effective ways to prepare witnesses to eliminate bad answers and deliver answers that actually help their cases.

“Kenneth Berman’s Reinventing Witness Preparation challenges conventional thinking and upsets orthodoxy by providing a new template for one of the most important aspects of law practice. Every litigator needs to read, and learn from, this outstanding book.” — Steven Lubet, Author, Lawyers’ Poker: Fifty-Two Lessons that Lawyers Can Learn from Card Players; Williams Memorial Professor; Director, Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy; Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

“Reinventing Witness Preparation by Kenneth Berman is a valuable addition to every litigator’s bookshelf and should be required reading before your next deposition or trial. Berman makes and illustrates his case thoroughly and thoughtfully.” — Thomas A. Mauet, Author, Trial Techniques and Trials; Milton O. Riepe Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona

SPECIAL OFFER: Attendees who register for the “Book and Program” pay only $99 – an over $30 savings off the retail price for the book and program.

Online registration is encouraged. For assistance, questions on group discounts, accommodations requests, special billing, program content, out-of-state CLE credits, and general CLE information contact Michael Saporito at 617-226-1343 or Space is limited. Registrations accepted in order of receipt. Same day registrations are $5.00 extra. Registration fees are non-refundable. Registrants for this program acknowledge that during the program their photographic or videographic images may be incidentally taken; registrants agree that the submission of their registrations for this program constitutes their written consent to the Social Law Library’s use of any such image in print and online materials solely for promotion of the Library’s noncommercial CLE seminars and other educational events and activities.
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