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TAP: The Workshop Series


TAP: The Workshop Series consists of several separate workshops, each highlighting one particular facet of trial advocacy.

1. Deposition Skills Workshop
The "Deposition Skills Workshop" provides introductory level instruction on how to take and defend depositions in California state court actions.

Part 1 -- The first part of the program is lecture with question and answer, covering, among other things, the rules relating to oral depositions, how to "pin down" the deponent, how to defend a deposition, the use of deposition testimony in trial, and developing a deposition strategy.

Part 2 -- The second part of the program is a workshop where participants practice taking and defending the deposition of a plaintiff in a civil action for negligence and receive constructive feedback on their performance.

Participants receive a "deposition outline" that they can use to take and defend a deposition. The outline organizes the deposition process into a "user friendly" format.

The program constitutes 3.75 hours of general continuing legal education credit.

2. Expert Witness
The Expert Witness Workshop provides introductory and advanced level instruction on how to use expert witnesses in civil and criminal actions, with special emphasis on expert testimony.

Topics covered in the lecture portion of the program include evidentiary rules regarding expert opinions, taking and defending expert depositions, how experts can help and hurt a case, direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses, establishing and challenging expert qualifications, and advanced expert testimony techniques.

In the workshop portion of the program participants conduct direct and cross-examination of an expert witness.

3. Courtroom Skills Workshop
Not offered in 2013.
The "Courtroom Skills Workshop" provides instruction on basic courtroom skills for civil and criminal cases.

Part 1 -- The first part of the program is lecture and demonstration, covering, among other things, how to:

  • Call & Excuse Witnesses
  • Mark Exhibits
  • Lay Evidentiary Foundations
  • Make and Respond to Evidentiary Objections
  • Use Demonstrative Evidence (Including Location Diagrams)
  • Move Exhibits Into Evidence

Part 2 -- The second part of the program is a workshop where participants practice the skills covered in Part 1 and receive constructive feedback on their performance.

The program constitutes 3.75 hours of general continuing legal education credit.

4. Jury Selection Workshop
Not offered in 2013.
The "Jury Selection Workshop" is a two-part program that provides introductory and advanced level instruction on jury selection for civil and criminal cases.

Part 1 -- The first part of the program is lecture with question and answer, covering, among other things:

  • Selecting the "Right" Jury
  • Exercising Peremptory Challenges;
  • Making & Responding to Challenges for Cause
  • Unconstitutional Use of Peremptory Challenges
  • A Method for Processing Prospective Juror Information
  • Judicial & Attorney Voir Dire
  • Selecting Alternate Jurors

Part 2 -- The second part of the program is a workshop where participants practice voir dire, make and respond to challenges for cause, exercise peremptory challenges, and accept the panel. Participants receive constructive feedback on their performance.

The program constitutes 3.75 hours of general continuing legal education credit.

5. Witness Examination Skills Workshop
The "Witness Examination Workshop" provides introductory and advanced level instruction on how to examine a witness under oath.

Part 1 -- The first part of the program is lecture with question and answer, covering, among other things:

  • A formula for direct examination
  • How to lay the foundation for demonstrative evidence
  • A formula for cross-examination
  • How to control the witness
  • How to use advanced techniques, such as "leading by prior question" and "anticipatory rebuttal"

Part 2 -- The second part of the program is a workshop where participants conduct direct examination and cross-examination of witnesses.

The program constitutes 3.75 hours of general continuing legal education credit.

6. Evidence Skills Workshop
The Evidence Skills Workshop provides step-by-step instruction on how to admit and exclude evidence in court.

Part 1 -- The first part of the program is lecture with question and answer, covering, among other things:

  • Evidentiary foundations
  • Authenticity of physical evidence
  • Expert opinion
  • Lay opinion
  • Business records and other hearsay exceptions
  • Expert qualifications and hypothetical questions
  • Written and oral motions in limine
  • Witness qualifications
  • Chain of custody
  • Evidence Code Section 352
  • The Best Evidence Rule
  • Business records and other hearsay exceptions
  • Scientific evidence
  • Judicial notice

Part 2 -- The second part of the program, participants perform evidentiary vignettes, wherein they seek to admit and exclude many different types of evidence in both trial and pre-trial settings.

The program constitutes 3.75 hours of general continuing legal education credit.

Due to the workshop portions of the courses, enrollment in each session is limited.

For questions on TAP: The Workshop Series, please contact the TAP administrator at TAP@lacba.org.

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