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Please see below for a number of resources helpful to civil litigators, including PINNACLE course materials and sample forms, news articles, and links to relevant websites.

General Resources

Joe Forward, The Disappearing Jury Trial, Inside Track (State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.), Mar. 19, 2014

Trial Preparation Checklist (PDF) (excerpted from Wisconsin Trial Practice (State Bar of Wisconsin 3rd ed. 2013-14))

Motions in Limine

Course materials from Motions in Limine and Challenging Evidence Before Trial (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE 2014):

Fillable sample motions in limine from the Civil Litigation Forms Library:

Voir Dire

Course materials from Voir Dire: An Intimate Dance, part of the Wisconsin Jury Symposium ​(State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE 2013):

Voir dire checklists excerpted from Wisconsin Trial Practice (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE 3rd ed. 2013-14):

Fillable sample notice and motion for individual voir dire from the Civil Litigation Forms Library:

Opening Statements

Effective Opening Statements Checklist (PDF) (excerpted from Wisconsin Trial Practice (State Bar of Wisconsin 3rd ed. 2013-14))

Examination of Lay Witnesses

Examination checklists excerpted from Wisconsin Trial Practice (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE 3rd ed. 2013-14)):

Examination of Expert Witnesses

Course materials from Direct Exam of Expert Witnesses: Making the Complex Simple, part of the Wisconsin Jury Symposium (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE 2013):

Closing Arguments

Closing Argument Objections Checklist (PDF) (excerpted from Wisconsin Trial Practice (State Bar of Wisconsin 3rd ed. 2013-14))

Jury Instructions

Continuing Legal Education for Wisconsin, Wisconsin Jury Instructions (2013) (available in print or on CD)

Fillable sample proposed jury instructions from the Civil Litigation Forms Library:

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