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2023 Trial skills workshop

Total Credits: 8.7 MCLE, 1.0 Ethics, 8.0 Kansas Credit, 1.0 Kansas Ethics

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



Sponsored by MoBarCLE & The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers' Section

This program was originally presented on 6/23/2023 and 9/8/2023.

8:30-9:35 a.m. | Jury instructions and trial preparation  
Speaker: Jenna Homeyer, Law Offices of Dr. Brad Bradshaw, Springfield

9:35-10:39 a.m. | Voir dire
Speakers: Ryan Krupp
, Krupp Law Firm, LLC, St. Louis; Lauren C. Collins, The Automobile Club of Missouri, St. Louis  

10:39-10:49 a.m. | Break             

10:49-11:47 a.m. | Opening statements
Speaker: Natalie P. Warner
, State of Missouri Judiciary, St. Louis
A strong opening statement is an essential part of a jury trial. Jurors should understand what the case entails and how you will prove what you need to win. This CLE is a brief overview that will ensure that participants understand the power of a good opening and what to expect at their first jury trials. 
What you will learn:

  • Understand what an opening statement should be.
  • Know what to present in your opening statement. 
  • How to present your case in a compelling manner.

11:47-11:57 a.m. | Break

11:57 a.m.-12:50 p.m. | Direct and cross examinations
Speaker: Morgan C. Murphy
, Zevan Davidson Roman LLC, St. Louis
Learn strategies for effective examination of witnesses at trial. How do you change the structure of your questioning, your demeanor, and your approach depending on who your witness is and what points you hope to get out of their testimony? 
What you will learn:

  • Know what points you need to get from each witness depending on the jury instructions (plaintiff) or your defenses to the case. 
  • Preparation is key-both your preparation and preparing your witnesses. 
  • Each witness is just a piece of the puzzle. 
  • During cross, control the witness, and get in and get out.

12:50-1:40 p.m. | Lunch                 

1:40-2:35 p.m. | Objections and motions in limine 
Speaker: Theodore A. Bruce
, Missouri Attorney General's Office, Jefferson City           

2:35-3:24 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:

  • When should I file a motion to dismiss instead of an answer?
  • When should I file a motion for summary judgment, instead of just proceeding to trial?
  • I lost my trial. What do I do now?

3:24-3:29 p.m. | Break

3:29-4:20 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. 

4:20-5:02 p.m. | Closing arguments
Speaker: Justin C. Strayhorn
, Brown & Crouppen PC, St. Louis
The speaker will discuss important items to consider while preparing your closing argument. The discussion will also include and emphasize cohesion and clarity in executing the argument. 
What you will learn:

  • Creation and execution of your theory of the case.
  • Clarity in communicating with jurors.
  • Presenting a complete picture that provides jurors a clear understanding of your case and what their responsibilities are regarding that understanding.

5:02 p.m. | Adjourn

Opinions and positions stated by presenters of MoBarCLE programs are those of the presenters and not necessarily those of The Missouri Bar. This program is intended as information for lawyers in Missouri, in conjunction with other research they deem necessary, in the exercise of their independent judgment.





Lauren Collins's Profile

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The Automobile Club of Missouri

Whittney Dunn's Profile

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP

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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Law Offices of Dr. Brad Bradshaw

Ryan Krupp's Profile

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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.

Morgan Murphy's Profile

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Zevan Davidson Roman LLC

Morgan Murphy is a partner and trial attorney at 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 defending physicians in medical malpractice suits. She is a graduate of Washington University School of Law. 

Justin Strayhorn's Profile

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Justin is an associate at Brown & Crouppen, where he represents plaintiffs pursuing personal injury claims. Prior to joining Brown & Crouppen, Justin worked as a civil defense attorney and has also worked as a prosecutor in St. Louis City and St. Louis County, where he tried many jury trials to their completion.

Natalie Warner's Profile

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State of Missouri Judiciary

Natalie Warner has tried over 60 jury trials as first chair and numerous others as second chair, mentoring young attorneys through their first trials.

Zane Williams's Profile

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Williams Law Firm of Lake of the Ozarks LLC

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.



Tue, Sep 03, 2024 - 08:30am to 05:02pm CDT

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