1-Hour Program

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Overview

Why You Should Attend

Eyewitness testimony can be powerfully persuasive and, yet too often, eyewitness recollection is wrong. This program will explain the key factors that contribute to the failure of eyewitness memory and will cover techniques that attorneys and trial support professionals might employ in internal investigations, pre-trial investigations, depositions and at trial.  The course will begin with a case study in which countless witnesses observed a man wielding a hammer in crowded Midtown Manhattan was shot by police—nearly all of the eyewitnesses provided different and inaccurate accounts of the incident. 

Attendees of this program will be challenged with fun and engaging examples to examine why eyewitness memory—regardless of when recalled—is often flawed.  By understanding the neuroscience and psychology of memory, attorneys can better prepare to conduct effective investigations and witness examinations.  We will discuss strategies related to jury engagement, employee interviews in corporate investigations, and eyewitness that present difficult or sensitive issues such as children, the elderly, and victims of sexual assault.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the scientific concepts and principles surrounding eyewitness accounts and memory
  • How to apply principles of psychology to effective jury selection and witness interviews
  • Witness memory techniques in depositions and throughout the pre-trial discovery process
  • Identify and construct jury instructions that address principles of psychology as they apply to eyewitnesses
  • Refine your cross-examination questioning
  • Review updated state-specific jury pattern instructions

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for all levels of attorneys, legal assistants, and trial support personnel who conduct investigations, pre-trial depositions, EUOs, jury voir dire, and trial witness examinations as well as trial and/or jury consultants and trial experts.  Students of the law and academics will also enjoy learning about this unique take on psychology and the law.

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