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Mastering the Mechanics of Civil Jury Trials

The SCCBA Civil Practice Committee presents an All Day MCLE Seminar:

When: October 30, 2015
Where: SCCBA Seminar & Conference Center
31 North Second Street, 4th Floor
San Jose, California  95113
United States
Presenter: Civil Practice
Contact: SCCBA

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The course will provide participants with the inside track on trying a civil case before a jury. Aspiring trial lawyers will learn each sequential step required to conduct a civil jury trial, 'from A to Z' . Join experienced trial lawyers and judges as they discuss best practices, tried and true techniques, ethical considerations, and different practice styles. Attendees will learn about each step to take from trial call through verdict and Judgment. Post-verdict motions will also be discussed. Topics will range from pre-trial motions, jury selection, distinguishing exercise of informed bias from unlawful bias, opening statements, direct and cross examinations, closing arguments, to post-trial issues.


Participating on the panel are the authors of a newly published book Mastering the Mechanics of Civil Jury Trials. The book, which is included with your registration fee, offers a concise format and clarity of prose. This strategic guide offers a primer for the layperson or law student, and a mentor-in-a-briefcase for attorneys representing either plaintiff or defendant. Standing room only crowds attend continuing education classes held by the authors, and it was this demand to preserve their decades of wisdom that led to the book's eventual publication. The sequential layout is so logical, and includes such sage wisdom and common-sense strategy, Mastering the Mechanics of Civil Jury Trials is also a fascinating read; a real-life glimpse inside the mechanics of courtroom procedure that sheds full light on the nuances and strategies of the civil justice system. Includes an extensive Appendix citing state-by-state rules and codes for various aspects of trial procedure. A fascinating peek inside the courtroom.
If you wish to purchase additional copies of the book, it will be available for purchase at the seminar for $65.00, or you may purchase a copy online, to secure your copy and pick it up at the seminar.




Pricing: (includes lunch & copy of book) 
SCCBA Member $299
SCCBA New Admittee
(0-5 years in practice)
Honorary $149


Registration: 8:30 AM
program: 9:00AM -  5:30PM

4.5 General Substantive Law, 2.0 Legal Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias, 1.0 Prevention of Substance Abuse


Honorable Franklin Bondonno, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara

Doris Cheng, Esq., Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger 

Tyler G. Draa, Esq., Greenfield Draa & Harrington LLP 

Gary Gwilliam, Esq., Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer 

Maureen Harrington, Esq., Greenfield Draa & Harrington LLP 

Honorable  Socrates Manoukian, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara 




Parking is available just across the street from the SCCBA at the 3rd Street Parking Garage located between E. Santa Clara Street and St. John Street (SCCBA does not validate). 

Cancellations and refunds will be accepted only 48 hours prior to the event.  

*All seminar materials will be distributed to pre-registrants via email. We will not provide hard copies. If you would like a hard copy of the materials we will provide upon request for a fee o
f $25.00.  

*State Bar of California Approved MCLE: The Santa Clara County Bar Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.   This program is approved for California MCLE credit.

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