The Art Of Cross-Examination 2020

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Course Description

This program was recorded on January 7, 2020

Cross-examination is one of the most exciting and rewarding parts of trial work. It is also one of the most difficult to master. This course will cover the basics as well as some of the finer points to conducting an effective cross-examination that moves your case forward while limiting the risk of self-inflicted wounds.



  • Jan Berlage
    Jan Berlage is a partner with Gohn Hankey & Berlage LLP. Jan’s practice focuses on general business litigation, ranging from commercial disputes to bankruptcy to intellectual property. Jan has secured major jury verdicts and large settlements for both businesses and individuals, including a $1.6 million and a $900,000.00 compensatory damage awards for copyright clients. He has also successfully defended against multimillion dollar claims in both state and federal court. Prior to private practice, Jan served as law clerk to the Honorable E. Stephen Derby, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. He has taught pretrial litigation practice at the University of Maryland School of law, served on the Board of Governors for the Maryland State Bar Association and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Maryland State Action Committee, and is a co-author of the book, Maryland Equine Law: A Legal Guide to Horse Ownership and Activities. Jan earned his B.A. degree with honors from Wesleyan University; his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law where he served as an executive editor of The Journal of Law & Politics; and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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    1. When to cross-examine a witness and when not to;
    2. Questions and tactics most likely to backfire;
    3. Techniques for mitigating questions and tactics that backfire;
    4. How to get results without looking like a bully;
    5. Irving Younger’s “Ten Commandments of Cross-examination”;
    6. Handling difficult witnesses; and
    7. Ethical considerations when cross-examining.

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