In their most recent column, New York Personal Injury Attorney Ben Rubinowitz, a partner at Gair Gair Conason Steigman Mackauf Bloom and Rubinowitz, and his colleague Evan Torgan, of Torgan Cooper and Aaron, write about the use of video taped depositions at trial. Their most recent article, published Today in the New York Law Journal is “The Use Of Video Depositions At Trial“. Of note, the old fashioned ways of conducting depositions are fading fast. Technology has improved to the point where a written transcript alone might not be enough to carry the day at trial. Careful thought must be given as to whether the deposition should be conducted by video and whether or not it will help or hurt the case. Reasons for conducting the video deposition always include issues such as age, infirmity and location of the witness. But of equal importance is the fact that taking a video deposition might actually change the “behavior ” of an adversary. Those attorneys who typically defend depositions in an overly aggressive or nasty manner might have to rethink that tactic. Nasty and rude conduct that might be shown to a jury on video will unquestionably work to the defending attorney’s disadvantage. Additionally, the use of the video deposition allows the jury to recall far more than a mere reading of the transcript will. It has been empirically shown that both seeing, listening and hearing someone speak is far more effective than listening alone. Specific examples of strategies for use of video depositions at trial are used by the authors in this article.
As we previously posted on our blog, our managing partner , New York Personal Injury Lawyer Ben Rubinowitz, will be the co-director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s National Session this summer at the NITA Education Center in Boulder, CO from July 24th to August 1st, 2013.
In this video, participants and faculty members including Ben Rubinowitz, explain why lawyers should attend this prestigious training program.
In their most recent article in the New York Law Journal our Partner Ben Rubinowitz and his friend and colleague Evan Torgan write about the Collateral Attack of an Expert Witness. The authors point out that it is not enough to prepare for the adversarial collateral attack during cross examination but that it is equally important to scrutinize your own expert’s qualifications, independent of the information contained in his or her resume, to protect against a collateral attack. Specific examples are used to teach trial lawyers techniques to discredit the expert.
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Our managing partner, Ben Rubinowitz and the Hon. Nancy Vaidik (Indianapolis, IN) will be the directors of the NITA’s National Session at the NITA Education Center in Boulder, CO from July 24th to August 1st, 2013.
The National Institute for Trial Advocacy is a world leader in advocacy skills training and publication. The National Session is its most prestigious and longest running program. NITA’s National Session is a life-changing experience for the attorneys who have attended for the last 41 years and this year’s program is no exception. Ben Rubinowitz and the Hon. Nancy Vaidik (Indianapolis, IN) have developed this year’s program schedule to include dedicated drill rooms, motion training, focus groups, and jury selection.
To learn more or register click here.
Our managing partner, Ben Rubinowitz will be one of the faculty member leading the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Teacher Training Seminar in New York from June 6th to June 8th at the New York Law School.
In this program, participants are expected to improve their litigation teaching skills by using the NITA learning-by-doing method. You should attend this program if you are interested in becoming a faculty member at NITA or if you simply want to broaden and hone your teaching skills in your firm or in your classroom.
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Our Partner Richard Steigman was the chair for the annual New York State Trial Lawyers Association Seminar CPLR 2013 Update. Hon. Ariel E. Belen, Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department (retired) Mediator,JAMS was also on the faculty. This seminar provided an in depth review of new developments, including practice tips and pitfall warnings that are invaluable for the civil litigator.
In the video below you will find an extract from the seminar. The complete course can be found for CLE credit at the online store of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Ben Rubinowitz and Evan Torgan will speak on Civil Trial Practice at the dinner to be held on January 15, 2013 at Westbury Manor, Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY 11590 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. For further information contact Crystal Brook Associates, Inc. 6 Crystal Brook Court Islip, NY 11751 Phone: 631/581-6657, FAX: 631/581-6657.
Our Partner, Ben Rubinowitz, will be participating in this New York State Trial Lawyers seminar to be held February 6, 2013, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Hudson Valley Bank 21 Scarsdale Road, Yonkers, New York 10707. As described by NYSTLA;
“ Experienced trial attorneys will offer an intensive and practical analysis of the successful methods, strategies, law and mechanics of jury selection. Topics discussed will include effective and revealing juror questioning, common mistakes and how to avoid them, identifying juror bias, analyzing the meaning of certain juror responses and how to identify and sell case themes. ”
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Our Partner Ben Rubinowitz willl Lead a NITA studio 71 Webnar on Direct Examination at Trial. As described by NITA;
“During direct examination the focus should be on the witness, not the lawyer. You want to let the witness tell the story and you can do so by asking open-ended questions designed to allow the witness to narrate the story. Framing these questions, using transitions for guidance and setting the scene will be the focus of this discussion led by Ben Rubinowitz.”
•Dates: January 30, 2013