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2023 Trial skills workshop

Total Credits: 8.0 MCLE, 2.0 Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias

Practice Area:
Elimination of Bias |  Ethics |  Litigation / Trial Practice |  New Attorney
Audio and Video



Sponsored by MoBarCLE & The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers' Section

(Exact times are subject to change)

8:30-9:20 a.m. | Jury instructions and trial preparation  
Speaker: Jenna Homeyer, Law Offices of Dr. Brad Bradshaw, Springfield

9:20-9:30 a.m. | Break             

9:30-10:20 a.m. | Voir dire, including elimination of bias
Speakers: Ryan Krupp
, Krupp Law Firm, LLC, St. Louis; and Lauren C. Collins, St. Louis  

10:20-10:30 a.m. | Break             

10:30-11:20 a.m. | Opening statements
Speaker: Natalie P. Warner
, Missouri Attorney General's Office, St. Louis

11:20-11:30 a.m. | Break

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. | Direct and cross examinations
Speaker: Morgan C. Murphy
, Zevan Davidson Roman LLC, St. Louis

12:20-1:20 p.m. | Lunch                 

1:20-2:10 p.m. | Objections and motions in limine 
Speaker: Theodore A. Bruce
, Missouri Attorney General's Office, Jefferson City   

2:10-2:20 p.m. | Break             

2:20-3:10 p.m. | Motion practice: Strategies to win cases before and after a trial
Speaker: Zane G. Williams
, Williams Law Firm of Lake of the Ozarks LLC, Sunrise Beach 
We will review strategies and requirements for motions to dismiss (Rule 55.27), motions for summary judgment (Rule 74.04), and post-trial motions (Rules 75.01 and 78).
This presentation will review:
1. When should I file a motion to dismiss instead of an answer?
2. When should I file a motion for summary judgment, instead of just proceeding to trial?
3. I lost my trial. What do I do now?

3:10-3:20 p.m. | Break

3:20-4:10 p.m. | Trial skills ethics quiz 
Speaker: Whittney Dunn
, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, St. Louis
Presented in a multiple-choice "quiz" format, this program will address common ethics issues which can arise for trial lawyers relating to client communications, legal fees, confidentiality, and more. 
A few examples of what attendees will learn:
-How to ethically withdraw from a representing pending trial
-How to ensure you're meeting your ethics duties to other clients while busy with trial 
-Whether and how information may be used in trial depending on how the information came into your possession
-What you can and can't do with flat fees and contingent fees which are common billing arrangements for some trial attorneys 

4:10-5 p.m. | Closing arguments
Speaker: Justin C. Strayhorn
, Brown & Crouppen PC, St. Louis

5 p.m. | Adjourn


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Whittney Dunn is a professional responsibility attorney providing legal ethics and professional responsibility advice to the attorneys of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, an AmLaw 100 firm. Whittney previously served as Senior Risk Manager at The Bar Plan, where she gave ethics CLEs and provided guidance to insureds on practicing ethically. 

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Ryan Krupp is a personal injury and criminal defense attorney in St. Louis and St. Charles County. Previously, he worked for both the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office and Johnson County District Attorney’s Office where he appeared in court on behalf of the State of Missouri and Kansas in the criminal prosecution of among other things, Domestic Violence, Assault, Drug Cases, SVU Cases, Juvenile Offenders, and other felonies and misdemeanors. He tried numerous cases to a judge and jury.

Ryan is a native St. Louisan and is an alumni of Marquette High-School and Missouri Baptist University where he played men’s soccer, racking up several honors including two Academic All-American Awards, as well as Scholar Athlete Nominations and Academic All-Conference honors. Ryan is passionate about using his winning mindset to help people and ensure justice.

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Morgan Murphy is a trial attorney with Zevan Davidson Roman LLC in St. Louis, focusing on plaintiffs’ personal injury and medical malpractice cases across Missouri and Illinois. She previously spent six years representing physicians in medical malpractice suits. She is a graduate cum laude of Washington University School of Law. 

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Natalie Warner is an Assistant Attorney General and a former Special Assistant US Attorney. Previously, she worked in the Jefferson County and St. Louis City prosecutor's offices. She has tried over 60 jury trials as first chair and numerous others as second chair, mentoring young attorneys through their first trials.

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I am the managing attorney at the Williams Law Firm of Lake of the Ozarks, LLC in Sunrise Beach, Missouri. We have 5 attorneys and are a true general practice firm.
I have been engaged in an active trial and appellate practice since 2010. I focus primarily on civil litigation, real estate development work, business transactions, and acquisitions.



Fri, Jun 23, 2023 - 08:30am to 10:10am CDT
Fri, Sep 08, 2023 - 08:30am to 10:10am CDT

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