Broadcast Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022
from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)

Overview:

The past years have seen drastic changes and challenges in in-person proceedings and trials. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has put restrictions on court operations which resulted in unprecedented trial backlogs, difficulty in jury selection, as well as other challenges. To address these issues, many courts are now encouraging virtual bench trials. Likewise, litigants now try pursuing pretrial motions which could potentially expedite trials.

With the evolving trial landscape, it becomes crucial for practitioners to be up to date with any developments. They must also devise robust trial strategies to help them navigate a case’s complexities and arrive at a successful outcome.

Listen as a panel of distinguished litigation practitioners and consultants organized by The Knowledge Group provide an in-depth discussion of the significant developments in the trial landscape. The speakers will tackle critical issues and challenges as well as share strategic practices to successfully navigate through the complexities of the trial process.

Key topics that will be covered in this discussion are:

  • The Litigation Landscape: Notable Trends and Developments
  • Virtual Hearings and Trials: Key Considerations and Challenges
  • Devising Effective Defense Strategies
  • What Lies Ahead

Credit:

Course Level:

Intermediate

 

Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials

 

Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)

 

Prerequisite:

General knowledge of litigation

 

Course Code:

149321

 

NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice

 

Total Credits:

1.5 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Maurice Suh, Partner
Litigator and Lead Trial Counsel

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Maurice M. Suh is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Sports Law Practice Group and is a member of the Litigation Department and its White Collar Defense and Investigations and Crisis Management Practice Groups.  He focuses his practice on business litigation and the representation of clients in conjunction with white collar, compliance and related government enforcement actions.

Mr. Suh has been selected for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” for Litigation list and the Daily Journal’s “Top 100 – California’s Leading Lawyers” list.

Mr. Suh graduated from Columbia University in 1986 (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and Columbia Law School of Columbia University in 1989.

Adam Bloomberg, Client Services Advisor
26+ Years of Litigation Support Experience and Consulted with Hundreds of Trial Teams

IMS Consulting & Expert Services

Adam Bloomberg, Client Services Advisor with IMS Consulting & Expert Services, has nearly 30 years of experience in litigation support and has consulted with hundreds of trial teams and corporate clients to develop communication strategies and presentations that educate, inform, and persuade. He creates materials and exhibits for mock trials, focus groups, arbitrations, and trials.

Adam has led trial and war-room technology and logistics efforts across multiple case types, such as toxic tort, product liability, financial, employment, transportation, and commercial. He has “hot seated” over 1,000 trials, hearings, focus groups, and mock trials, including Conwood v. US Tobacco (the largest antitrust verdict ever collected). He has also published articles on trial technology in various professional periodicals, including the National Law Journal.

Adam received his BS in communications from Texas Christian University.

Keith C. Pounds, Ph.D., Senior Jury Consultant
20 Years of Litigation Consulting Experience

IMS Consulting & Expert Services

Keith is a Senior Jury Consultant with 20 years of litigation consulting experience. He has worked on numerous complex, high-exposure cases, including antitrust, patent, trade secret, contract, whistleblower, employment, professional malpractice, product liability, and securities litigation. An expert in the fields of communication and storytelling, his practice area covers a variety of industries in venues across the country. Keith is adept at helping clients identify and develop compelling case themes and presentation strategies, providing quantitative and qualitative analysis through focus groups and mock trials and assisting attorneys with witness preparation, voir dire, and jury selection.

Prior to becoming a full-time jury consultant, Keith spent seven years in academia. During this period, he began working in a consultative nature with clients facing high-stakes litigation, assisting with case strategy, theme development, and effective delivery – and even developing a system for teaching attorneys how to use storytelling techniques to enhance their persuasive arsenal. He now puts these finely honed skills to work as a valuable part of the IMS team.

Agenda:

Maurice Suh, Partner

Litigator and Lead Trial Counsel

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

 

Adam BloombergClient Services Advisor

26+ Years of Litigation Support Experience and Consulted with Hundreds of Trial Teams

IMS Consulting & Expert Services

 

Keith C. Pounds, Ph.D.Senior Jury Consultant

20 Years of Litigation Consulting Experience

IMS Consulting & Expert Services

 

I. Jury Selection in the Age of Nuclear Verdicts and Polarized Political Views

    1. Developments in juror research
    2. Issues arising from accuracy of polling
    3. Impact of social media and wide availability of information and disinformation
    4. The recognition of regional issues – more important than ever

II. Case Presentation:  Jury Trials, Arbitrations and Bench Trials

    1. Recognizing the differences in each forum, magnified
    2. The use of visuals, presentation materials and exhibits
        • Demonstrative exhibits
        • Expectation for dynamic visuals
        • Exhibit presentation – use in a virtual setting
    3. The challenges of simple oral advocacy
    4. Length of trials

III. The Primacy of Story Telling, Revisited

    1. Use of current themes
    2. “packaging” evidence and issues

IV. Hot Button Topics

    1. The presence of hot button topics:  elections, republican/democratic parties, corporate defendants, election deniers, the “me too” movement, rights for historically disenfranchised groups – the list goes on.
    2. Defusing/using hot button topics

V. The Continued Use of Virtual Hearings, Trials and Arbitrations

    1. How to plan for trial graphics used in a virtual setting (trial/arbitration)
    2. Hybrid trials and arbitrations

Date & Time:

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Litigation Attorneys
  • Trial Attorneys
  • General Counsel
  • Paralegals
  • Law Clerks
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SPEAKERS

Maurice SuhPartner
Litigator and Lead Trial Counsel
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Adam BloombergClient Services Advisor
26+ Years of Litigation Support Experience and Consulted with Hundreds of Trial Teams
IMS Consulting & Expert Services
Keith C. Pounds, Ph.D.Senior Jury Consultant
20 Years of Litigation Consulting Experience
IMS Consulting & Expert Services

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