Institute of Trial Practice

25th Annual Institute of Trial Practice

Co-produced by State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE and the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Cultivating the Art of Jury Trials for 25 Years

Although the number of jury trials is declining, the importance of trial experience remains. With fewer opportunities to develop trial skills, it’s even more important to look to experienced trial lawyers to show you the way – and explain their trial strategy.

State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE and the Wisconsin Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) work together to provide this annual demonstration to meet that need.

See How Leading Trial Lawyers Look in Action

Seasoned trial lawyers give attendees a chance to observe a trial from opening statements to verdict, after which actual jury deliberations are shown on-screen. The realistic venue showcases the trial lawyers’ methods of creating compelling opening and closing statements as well as conducting tactical examinations of lay and expert witnesses. You will be able to pick up on the verbal and visual cues that intensify the presentations. To top it off, you’ll hear panel discussions where presenters share the strategy behind the performances so you can put those skills to work in your practice.

In keeping with tradition, this year’s slip-and-fall case will be presided over by the American Board of Trial Advocates’ Judge of the Year, the Hon. Dale T. Pasell from La Crosse County Circuit Court.

Dive Into the Case Before Trial

This year's case involves the slip-and-fall of a 77-year old woman at a senior housing community. Get more case details and then immerse yourself in the pre-trial experience by attending Motions in Limine & Challenging Evidence before Trial on October 15th or watch the webcast replays. The half-day seminar features the same case as the one at the 25th Annual Institute of Trial Practice. Proficiency in motions in limine can change the outcome of a case. Learn firsthand how to argue them and gain tactical strategy and guidance in drafting.

Who should attend

  • Civil litigators
  • Criminal litigators
  • Coverage counsel
  • Personal injury litigators
  • Insurance professionals
  • Claims adjusters

How you’ll benefit

  • Learn to make your direct examinations effective
  • Arm yourself with skillful ways to cross-examine experts
  • Understand what makes a closing argument compelling
  • Watch how jurors interact during deliberation
  • Learn strategies for calling adverse witnesses and when to conduct the direct of the defendants
  • Discussion regarding the safe place statute

Thursday, November 6, 2014
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Webcast: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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Webcast: Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Webcast: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Video Replay: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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Webcast: Thursday, December 11, 2014
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Webcast: Monday, December 22, 2014
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Webcast: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
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Webcast: Friday, January 23, 2015
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Webcast: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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9.5 CLE Credits

Live/Video Seminar:
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Webcast Seminar:
Printed Course Materials Downloadable (PDF) Course Materials
State Bar Member: $239 $219 $249
Nonmember: $269 $249 $279
Ultimate Pass: $20 $0 $0
Passbook Certificate User: $20 + 1 Cert. 1 Cert. 1 Cert.
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

All attendees get free access to the recorded program for roughly 90 days after attendance. Access this through your myStateBar page.

*This program has been submitted to the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners for up to 9.5 CLE without any EPR credits. The live and live webcast seminars will also be submitted for Minnesota CLE credits.

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