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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Webinar: Cross Examination: Preparation, Precision, & Persuasion

Start Date: 9/30/2020 12:30 PM EDT
End Date: 9/30/2020 2:30 PM EDT

Organization Name: NAPD

Jeanie Vela
Email: jeanie.vela@publicdefenders.us
Phone: (303) 921-3736

Webinar: Cross Examination: Preparation, Precision, & Persuasion

August 19, 2020, 12:30 p.m. Eastern, 120 minutes
Free for NAPD Members
$30 for non members
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Webinar Faculty:  Andre Vitale, Trial Chief, Hudson County Office of the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender

About the Webinar:  Cross Examination is one of the most important skills to develop as a defense lawyer. It is a skill which can be mastered by following the right system. You do not have to be born a natural cross examiner, your skill set can be developed. This presentation will go over the fundamentals of developing the skills to be a strong cross examiner. You will learn about how good preparation and investigation will help you build a solid foundation. We will also discuss how to ask the correct type of questions as well as which pitfalls to avoid. These skills will enable you to properly control the witness, making sure you, as the defense lawyer, are the focus of the jury's attention. You will also learn how to organize your chapters to control the narrative, which will enable you to conduct a persuasive and effective cross examination of the Government's witnesses.

About the Faculty:  Andre Vitale (Jersey City, NJ). Andre has served as a public defense lawyer for over 20 years as a trial lawyer, training director, educator, and mentor. He currently works as the Trail Chief for the Hudson County Office of the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. Andre supervises, trains, and mentors the trial lawyers in his office, and handles a caseload focusing on Homicides, Sex Cases, and cases handling forensic issues. Andre is the co–chair of NJ OPD’s Forensic Science Working Group. Andre has extensive trial experience taking more than 95 cases to verdict, while handling some of the most complex matters. He has developed an expertise in defending homicide and sex cases, with a proficiency in contesting forensic and other technical evidence, including DNA, fingerprints, CSAAS, and eyewitness identification. Andre designed a Defending a Child Sex Case advanced trial skills program, which has been used by State Public Defender Offices in Montana, Missouri, and New Jersey. He is a core faculty member with Gideon’s Promise (gideonspromise.org) and Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute Trial Advocacy Workshop (TAW). Andre is both a presenter and frequent blog contributor for the National Association of Public Defense (publicdefenders.us). Due to his passion and commitment to client–centered representation, Andre has received the Kevin Andersen Award by the New York State Defender’s Association (NYSDA) and the Denison Ray Award by the New York State Bar Association

Online Registration

Registration Opens
9/30/2020 10:45 AM

Registration Closes
9/30/2020 11:00 AM

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