Killer Cross Examination at Depositions




Friday, June 7, 2019 | Room 550 | 9:00 am – 4:45 pm| Beus Center for Law and Society

Roger J. Dodd has taught over 70,000 lawyers the art of GREAT cross-examination! Now, with his son, Matt, he takes you to the next level.

North America’s most sought-after and entertaining lecturer is perhaps best known for his 21-year presentation of the Killer Cross-Examination series, consistently graded the country’s most popular CLE program. Roger Dodd is an internationally-known plaintiff’s trial attorney, author, lecturer, consultant and expert on cross-examination techniques.

 This seminar offers TWO GENERATIONS of trial lawyers providing a UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE to help you appreciate, understand, and manage your case in today’s multi-generational courtrooms.

 While the bedrock principles of trial work remain the same for all generations, this seminar will help you to FIND YOUR VOICE and YOUR APPROACH. Whether you are an old, grey-beard lawyer contending with judges and jurors decades your junior, or you are a young lawyer working to establish yourself in the courtroom, this seminar will provide you with the tools to excel in any setting.

In a world where cases rarely make it to trial, HOW DO YOU ENSURE YOUR CROSS-EXAMINATION SKILLS STAY SHARP?

Answer: Approach every motion hearing and deposition as if it is a trial – use the CHAPTER METHOD to prepare your cross-examinations and the THREE RULES to discover information, elicit admissions, and lock in witness testimony. This TRIAL-BASED APPROACH allows you to prove up your case early in the litigation, force favorable settlements, and remind opponents that you are always ready for trial!

 Do not be the Caveman Lawyer who relies only on traditional DESTRUCTIVE CROSS-EXAMINATION. Learn how to use CONSTRUCTIVE CROSS-EXAMINATION to force adverse witnesses to supply facts in support of your client’s narrative, validate your expert witnesses, and more effectively present your case.


9:00 – 10:45am Session I

  • A new understanding of Cross-Examination at trial and at depositions

10:45 – 11:00am BREAK

11:00 – 12:35pm Session II

  • The “Three Rules” of Cross-Examination and the “Chapter Method”

12:35 – 1:45pm LUNCH – on your own

1:45 – 3:05pm Session III

  • Page preparation and Sequences of Cross-Examination at trial and deposition

3:05 – 3:20pm BREAK

3:20 – 4:40pm Session IV

  • Loops, Double-Loops, and Spontaneous Loops and Controlling the Runaway Witness at trial and at deposition

4:40 pm ADJOURN


The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement  This activity may qualify for up to 6.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 2.0 hour(s) of professional responsibility.

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