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Panning for Gold: Making Preliminary Hearings Count

SKU: LIT9900PD
Total Credits
1 - 1.2
Price$50
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Description

Preliminary and other pretrial evidentiary hearings are excellent opportunities to learn more about the prosecution case, test defense legal theories, and lock in the witness’s story. Just because we often lose these hearings on the merits does not mean that they cannot help us. It is important to think about the goals for the hearing, each witness, and each topic that will be covered in the hearing. The goals dictate our strategy and tactics at the hearing, especially our choice of questioning technique.

This session will focus on how to use “discovery cross” techniques to learn facts and lock in the witness’s testimony. We’ll look at ways to create a bullet proof transcript that will preempt and prevent the witness from evading impeachment at trial. We’ll also discuss client centered counseling tips so they know what to expect at the hearing, and understand and embrace the immediate and long term strategy. We’ll look at ways to handle objections and other legal aspects of these hearings.

Lecturer Bio

Cathleen L. Bennett, Esq.

Cathleen L. Bennett is an Assistant Training Director for the National Association for Public Defense, and a training and trial consultant. Cathy recently moved to Anchorage, Alaska from Boston, Massachusetts where she was a public defender with the Committee for Public Counsel Services (the Massachusetts Statewide Public Defender) for 30 years. She was the Criminal Defense Training Director at CPCS for 17 years.

As a trial lawyer trial lawyer in the CPCS Public Defender Division, she defended clients charged with murder and other serious felonies. Cathy is on the faculty and the Board of Regents of the National Criminal Defense College. She is a Core Faculty member of Gideon’s Promise, which was the subject of the award-winning HBO documentary “Gideon’s Army,” and she has taught for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and criminal defense training programs across the country.

She received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Committee for Public Counsel Services in 2007, the Scholar-Mentor Award from Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) in 2008, the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2011 and the Stephen B. Bright Award in 2018 from Gideon’s Promise, and the Gideon Award from the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2017.



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