“Giants” of the Criminal Trial Bar: Winning Strategies

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Program Chair:

Frederick P. Hafetz
Hafetz & Necheles LLP

  • Learn how to win your cases from the experts. Three renowned criminal defense lawyers will discuss the strategies that they have found successful in winning criminal jury trials. The panel will discuss critical trial issues that can make or break a case, including:

    • Use of jury focus groups
    • Identifying and developing a defense theory
    • Meaningful efforts to obtain Brady
    • Use of pre-trial motions to shape the case
    • Preparation techniques
    • Use of demonstratives
    • Opening statements
    • Cross-examinations
    • Closing statements

    Live Program & Webcast:
     $229 for Members | $329 for Nonmembers
    In-House Counsel/Government/Nonprofit/Academic:
     Free for Members | $279 for Nonmembers

    Members who are Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (earliest admission 2016-2018 in any state or country), or Judges (and their staff) attend this program for free.

  • Susan G. Kellman (Replacement Faculty)
    Law Offices of Susan G. Kellman and Associates

    Brendan V. Sullivan, Jr.
    Williams & Connolly LLP

    Theodore V. Wells, Jr.
    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. Introduction
    Frederick P. Hafetz
    6:10 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Developing a Defense Trial Strategy
    The defense attorney for former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy, who was acquitted at trial, Mr. Wells will discuss challenges in shaping a trial strategy. He will also discuss opening statements and cross-examinations designed to advance the defense theory.
    Theodore V. Wells, Jr.
    6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Preparing for Trial and Trial Strategies
    The defense attorney who has tried more than 100 federal criminal jury cases, Ms. Kellman will discuss preparation techniques including use of subpoenas and investigators. She will also discuss use of demonstrative evidence, cross-examination of experts and other trial strategies.
    Susan G. Kellman
    7:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Break
    7:45 p.m. – 8:35 p.m. Winning Use of Brady
    The defense attorney who obtained dismissal during trial of all charges against Senator Ted Stevens, Mr. Sullivan will discuss the central role of Brady and how to make Brady actually work. He will also discuss closing statements.
    Brendan V. Sullivan, Jr.
    8:35 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

  • CLE Credit
    New York:
    3.0 Skills
    New Jersey:
    3.1 General
    3.0 General
    2.5 General

  • This program has been generously sponsored by:

    Co-Sponsored by:
    Federal Defenders of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York | David Patton, Executive Director
    New York Council of Defense Lawyers | Susan Necheles, President
    New York Criminal Bar Association | Elizabeth Macedonio, President
    New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers | Lori Cohen, President

    Sponsoring Association Committees:
    Criminal Advocacy | Brian Adam Jacobs, Chair
    Criminal Courts | Kerry Ward, Chair
    White Collar Crime | Michael Schachter, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org