July 20, 2019

Top Ten Litigation Programs and Homestudies

We continue to inch closer to the end of the compliance period for a third of Colorado’s attorneys. As that mark draws near, we are profiling the Top Ten Programs and Homestudies in several practice areas. Last week, we featured the Top Ten Ethics Programs and Homestudies, the Top Ten Family Law Programs and Homestudies, the Top Ten Trust & Estate Programs and Homestudies, and the Top Ten Real Estate Programs and Homestudies.

Today we will review the Top Ten Litigation Programs and Homestudies. There were so many great programs to choose from that we have some runners up. Litigation programs include programs about federal practice, appellate practice, and tort law, as well as programs about general litigation skills such as motion practice and deposition skills. The five runners up are:

  • Hearsay — The Truth of the Matter Asserted. This program detailed the ins and outs of the hearsay rules, including the many exceptions. Four general credits; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.
  • What’s New in Brain Injury Litigation? and Examining Medical Experts at Deposition and Trial. These two half-day programs explored the latest on diagnosing, treating, and presenting brain injury cases and how to effectively examine a medical expert at trial. Three general credits each; available as CD homestudy (AM/PM), MP3 audio download (AM/PM), and Video OnDemand (AM/PM).
  • Product Liability Fundamentals. This program discusses everything you need to know to try a product liability case. Attendees receive a PDF copy of the CLE book, Product Liability Law & Procedure in ColoradoSeven general credits; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.
  • E-Discovery. United States Magistrate Judges presented this program on the importance of electronic discovery. Learn about identifying and preserving electronic files, as well as keeping up with technological advances. Seven general credits, including one ethics credit; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.
  • NEW Rules of Civil Procedure in Colorado: Effective July 1, 2015. The Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure underwent several dramatic changes in 2015, and this program details the changes and what they mean for your practice. Three general credits; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.

And now, for the Top Ten Litigation Programs and Homestudies:

10. Join the Honorable John Webb on Better Appellate Writing, Briefing, and Oral Argument. Judge Webb returned to the CLE classroom for a refresher on appellate briefing and writing. Judge Webb has been teaching legal writing for many years, and has good tips on how to write more persuasively and how to give a powerful oral argument. Four general credits, including one ethics credit; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.

9. Emerging Trends in Economic Damages, Business Valuation, and Lost Profits. The Society of CPAs co-sponsored this program, which discussed the cost of capital, lost profits and economic damages, the courts as gatekeeper of expert testimony, optimizing relationships between legal counsel and financial experts, and a view from the bench. Eight general credits; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.

8. Ethics and Electronically Stored Information / Electronically Stored Information and the Law. These two programs discuss electronically stored information, or ESI, and what that means for your litigation practice. Ethics and ESI focuses on social media use by attorneys and how to avoid ethical pitfalls when advising clients about social media. ESI and the Law is an update on the intersection of technology and privacy, especially in a litigation practice. Ethics and ESI—four general credits, including 3.6 ethics credits; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand. ESI and the Law—seven general credits, including 1.5 ethics credits; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.

7. Collecting Judgments: Strategies for Success. You’ve won at trial—congratulations! But how are you going to collect on your judgment? This program provides an overview of collections strategies within the bounds of the law and ethical obligations. The nuts and bolts of collections are reviewed, as well as bankruptcy and creditor representation, garnishments and post-judgment collections, the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, and more. Six general credits, including one ethics credit; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.

6. Better Motion Practice — How to Argue, Present, and Write Motions More Effectively. This program is a great “how-to” guide for lawyers who want to sharpen their skills by learning about the various kinds of motions encountered in a litigation practice. Learn how to draft and organize better briefs, make more concise and persuasive arguments, present persuasive arguments using technology, and more. Seven general credits; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand.

5. Winning at Deposition: Skills and Strategy. Have you ever been frustrated by a witness who pretends not to know the answer to a simple question or flat out lies? Do you dread taking a deposition against an obnoxious opposing counsel? Do your depositions lack focus and productivity? These issues and more are addressed by national speaker Shane Read, author of the award-winning textbook, Winning at DepositionEight general credits, including one ethics credit; available as DVD homestudy or Video OnDemand.

4. Annual Tort Law Update 2015. Back by popular demand, this program features short 25-minute segments on insurance bad faith, insurance law, subrogation law, product liability, nursing home litigation and elder abuse, premises liability, wrongful death, workplace torts, professional liability, and more. Five general credits; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand. NOTE: This program is repeated annually. Click here for the 2014 program and click here for the 2013 program.

3. Appellate Practice Update 2015. Federal and state judges, as well as top attorneys, presented this helpful update. The program included discussions of when to appeal, trial advocacy versus appellate advocacy, briefing and oral argument from the judges’ perspectives, appellate ethics, rules updates, court statistics, a clerks’ panel, and more. Seven general credits, including one ethics credit; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand. NOTE: This program is repeated annually. Click here for the 2014 program and click here for the 2013 program.

2. Federal Practice Update 2015. The Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado provided perspective on federal practice in this annual program, and federal magistrates opined on successful federal court advocacy. Federal rule changes were discussed, as well as eDiscovery tips and trends, ethics, and tips for effective litigation strategy. Seven general credits, including one ethics credit; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand. NOTE: This program is repeated annually. Click here for the 2014 program and click here for the 2013 program.

1. Winning at Trial 2015: Skills and Tactics. The ultimate goal of every litigation attorney is to win at trial, and this program provides skills for successful litigation. Seasoned advocates present topics such as how to create winning trial graphics, taking useful depositions, jury selection tips, how to make persuasive opening statements, effective direct and cross-examinations, and much more. Eight general credits, including two ethics credits; available as CD homestudy, MP3 audio download, and Video OnDemand. NOTE: This program is repeated annually. Click here for the 2014 program and click here for the 2013 program.

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