June 9–11, 2021
The Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division will present a virtual legal skills conference June 9-11, 2021. This CLE conference will provide strategies and practical information to sharpen key legal competencies. Skills building sessions include:
- Deposition: This session will examine common deposition tactics and hazards using an illustrative hypothetical. Faculty will role play portions of a deposition to illustrate the following topics: eliciting exhaustive answers and obtaining admissions; dealing with disruptive counsel; knowing when and how to object; qualifying experts; theory testing and using exhibits.
- Ethics: Using an entertaining, interactive format, expert panelists will dramatize hypothetical scenarios followed by a discussion session after each hypo. Program topics include special conflicts of interest for former and current government lawyers, responsibilities of supervisory lawyer, organization as a client, and more.
- Writing: A well-written legal document is one of the most important tools in a lawyer’s arsenal. The goal is to create clear and concise writing that is easily understood. This session will teach five important tips and attendees will try their hand at editing short pieces of legal writing.
- Negotiation: Using a real-life scenario, faculty will provide an overview of the art of negotiation including preparation methods, tried and true tactics to improve bargaining position, and concession strategies.
- Tips for Virtual Hearings: Participating in remote hearings presents new challenges and some unexpected opportunities. Learn best practice skills from experienced practitioners who will pass on what they had to learn in crisis mode.
Conference includes evening networking and social events, and morning mindfulness sessions.