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Powerful Witness Preparation 2019

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Video Replay - Reading
Berks County Bar Association
544 Court Street, Reading PA, 19601
STARTMon., Dec. 23, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDMon., Dec. 23, 2019
3:30 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00
Video Replay - Sunbury
Wiest, Muolo, Noon, Swinehard & Bathgate Conference Center
11 N. Center Street, Sunbury PA, 17801
STARTFri., Dec. 13, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Dec. 13, 2019
3:30 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00

* = Ethics information has been integrated throughout this program. To receive ethics credit, you must attend the entire course.


Every caring lawyer involved in litigation has experienced the stress (trauma?) of wondering and worrying about witness testimony. Powerful Witness Preparation provides a modern prescription for persuasive verbal and non-verbal witness communications that will benefit every lawyer - regardless of experience (or inexperience). Dan Small, a highly-respected, experienced litigator - and witness expert walks you through the methods, procedure and rules that will make your witness a powerful, compelling communicator.

Dan's incredible breadth of experience will help you:

  • Develop expertise, or even modest success, in witness preparation that takes most lawyers years to learn.
  • Minimize the pain inherent in inadequate or improper witness preparation.
  • Discover new tips, tactics and techniques that will make you a more effective advocate.

Program Schedule

9:00 - 10:30 am

Bridging the Gap

  • The perception gap
  • The conversation gap
  • The audience gap

Understanding the Need

  • Treacherous environment
  • Unnatural environment
  • Deceptive environment

Understanding the Audience

  • Humanize the witness
  • Humanize the party
  • Simplify the language
  • Simplify the message

Understanding the Challenge

  • Three mistakes witnesses make
  • Seven mistakes lawyers make

10:30 - 10:45 am



10:45 am - 12:15 pm

The Process

  • Preparation - key steps
  • Preparation checklist
  • Key goals

The Rules

  • Basic principles
  • Framing the message
  • The 10 rules
  • Making an impact

12:15 - 12:45 pm



12:45 - 2:15 pm

Adapting to the Situation

  • Interview v. testimony
  • Deposition v. trial
  • Direct v. cross

Expert Witness

  • Role of the expert
  • Expert/attorney relationship
  • Independence of experts
  • Expert communications

2:15 - 2:30 pm



2:30 - 4:00 pm

Ethical Challenges - Preparation Does Not Mean Coaching!

  • Extremes and reality
  • The perjury dilemma
  • Conventional wisdom vs. the new order

Core Themes/Home Bases

Understanding the Keys

  • The witnesses' bill of rights


Tuition includes a digital copy of the speaker's materials. Course materials are not available for separate purchase.

Practice Areas


No speakers have been associated with this event.
Faculty may vary by location.
PBI reserves the right to substitute speakers at all programs.