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CLEs

Decision Analysis consultants offer a wide variety of CLEs on a number of various topics relating to litigation. Some of the many CLEs we will be offering in 2016 include:
 
Influencing Damages
Why do different juries award higher or lower damages for cases with similar facts? How do you increase or decrease the settlement value of your case? What are the buttons you need to push in order to get a jury to adopt your view of the case? This presentation answers questions about the central issue in all civil cases: what’s it worth and how do judges and juries decide the value of a case.
 
Taming the “Reptile”
This presentation discusses the theory behind the common Plaintiffs’ Reptile approach, explains seven common plaintiff strategies, and teaches how to prepare witnesses to address these strategies, to identify juror biases, to counter plaintiff anchoring of damage numbers in voir dire, and how to handle non-economic damages in trial.
 
Nailing the Deposition
A bad deposition can affects the settlement value and verdict in any case. In this seminar, you will learn witness preparation strategies and techniques to help prepare your witnesses to communicate more clearly what they know and what they did – to effectively frame their thought process and actions to avoid misstatements, mischaracterizations, distracting mannerisms, and traps.
 
Rethinking Corporate Litigation
Too often, companies and organizations do not have a solid plan in place for dealing with litigation until after they have been sued. In this presentation, we discuss how to create an overarching strategy that can apply to ALL of your cases, even ones that have not been filed yet. By having a concrete litigation strategy in place from day one, organizations can save time, money, and dramatically reduce their overall litigation risk.
 
Elimination of Bias – Gender Bias
Despite the growing number of women in the legal field, they have still yet to reach parity with men in most aspects of the industry. This presentation takes a look at gender biases in all aspects of the law and how to help eliminate them. Topics covered include evolving media portrayals of female legal professionals, the effect of gender on jurors’ perceptions of plaintiffs, victims, and defendants, as well as trial attorneys.
 
Elimination of Bias – Anti–Corporate Bias
It’s the plaintiff bar’s favorite bias. This presentation covers some of the traps laid by plaintiffs’ attorneys that appeal to the “reptile brain” and activate jurors’ anti-corporate biases. Topics include the ways that plaintiffs’ attorneys use tried and true strategies based on anti-corporate biases and some effective ways to counter them.
 
How Jurors Decide and How We Help Them Decide
Trials are really two competing stories. The side with the better story prevails. At the same time, jurors’ have their own stories about how the world works. The interaction of jurors’ stories and the story of the case (and with the other jurors’ stories) help determine who should win. This presentation describes step to help understand jurors’ stories, to conceive of a case as a story (as opposed to a chronological series of events), and how that drives effective strategy.
 
Ethics – Online Research of Potential Jurors
It’s been said that we all live two lives now: one in the real world and one in cyberspace. Researching potential jurors’ online lives can provide a depth of information about their potential biases never before available. The trick is taking advantage of this new resource without running a afoul of ethical and professional guidelines. This presentation provides practical advice on researching potential jurors’ online presence while minimizing the risks of rules’ violations.
 
Whistleblowers
Research has shown that more so than most case types, whistleblower cases are associated in jurors’ minds with a definite narrative. The extent to which the case story follows or varies from this widely held understanding of whistleblowing, the more likely one side or the other will win. This presentation lays out the “whistleblower story” held by most jurors and how to reframe the case story to emphasize its similarities or differences with jurors’ preconceived notions of whistleblowing.
 
In addition to the above, we also offer standard CLEs on jury selection and witness preparation. Additionally, we can work with your firm or organization to develop specific CLEs tailored to your needs. For more information, please contact us at 310.979.0999 or email us at info@decisionanalysisinc.com.