Winning at trial requires implementation of carefully honed skills. If you are a law student, newly admitted attorney or even an experienced litigator, the Federal Bar Association’s Rising Professionals Symposium in Las Vegas February 1-2, 2019 is a great opportunity to boost your analytical thinking, increase your substantive law knowledge, and learn new techniques about the art of presenting a clear and compelling case in order to win at trial. This conference delivers educational sessions on what’s ahead in the courtroom: charming the jury, delivering powerful depositions, and writing exceptional briefs.  Register today at www.fedbar.org/rps19.

This conference is designed for those who participate in litigation and advocacy as well as those taking on new leadership roles. The Rising Professionals Symposium is a not-to-be-missed, innovative experience for emerging leaders to learn and share cutting-edge advocacy strategies, explore trends, and discuss effective litigation techniques. In “Practice Prowess,” attendees will get a front row seat to the latest in voir dire, brief writing, and deposition approaches and methodology.

VOIR DIRE: There is an art and science of communicating with potential jurors. In “Voir Dire – Win Your Case and Charm The Pants Off The Jury,” Marisa T. Darden, Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, will address valuable tactics like mirroring, engaging, and leadership and using them to your advantage inside and outside the courtroom. Good voir dire should make the jury feel like they were part of a fun cocktail party conversation. Learn about preparing effective questions for voir dire, questioning techniques, uncovering juror bias, listening for content, managing information collected, and exercising strikes wisely.

BRIEF WRITING: Briefs are a combination of legal reasoning and effective storytelling. Captivating briefs include a stylistic and organizational structure that builds and rebuts arguments. “Out of Thin Air: How to Create a Compelling Brief on a Novel Area of Law” will be presented by Kristine Schanbacher, Managing Associate, Dentons US LLP. Walk through a step-by-step account on how to structure a compelling and persuasive brief with real case examples. This presentation will explore analogical thinking and case briefing in your writing. Understand how to tell the client’s story and how to transform ideas into cogent anecdotes and narratives.

DEPOSITION: The deposition is a critical discovery tool you have to obtain useful and advantageous information about your opponent, witnesses, and case. Develop strategies and identify rules to preserve your record and rights when dealing with obstreperous and condescending opposing counsel who seek to ruin your deposition in “It’s Your Deposition: Practical Tips for Commanding the Room Against Your More-Seasoned Opponent” presented by Ben Barnes (Lynn Pinker Cox Hurst LLP). Indeed many cases are either won or lost during the deposition phase. Study strategies for dealing with evasive witnesses; explore the scope of a deposition and how to lock in admissions; assess how to ethically prepare your witness; review what objections can be raised; and consider how to use depositions at trial to impeach witnesses.

Sign up today at www.fedbar.org/rps19 for the Rising Professionals Symposium!


 Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.