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Presented by the ISBA Labor & Employment Section

Learn what is required to prepare and try a retaliation case!

Retaliation claims are on the rise in many areas of the law. What are the common ways to prove or defend a retaliation claim and what are the common evidentiary issues? Join us as experienced plaintiff and defense trial attorneys demonstrate the evidence issues, techniques, and strategies that commonly arise in the trial of an employment-related retaliation case. Attorneys and expert witnesses with intermediate to advanced practice experience who are interested in litigating retaliation claims won’t want to miss this full-day seminar. Topics include: 
  • Understanding the purpose and needs for the opening statement in a retaliation case; 
  • Keys to successful direct and cross examinations, including how to present the plaintiff or the employer, as well as strategies to refute (attack) testimony; 
  • Keys to getting evidence admitted, and objecting to your opponent’s proffers; and
  • Formulating and presenting closing arguments and common lines of argument in the closing statement.

Program Coordinators/Moderators:
Aaron B. Maduff, Maduff & Maduff, LLC, Chicago
Cathy A. Pilkington, Law Offices of Cathy A. Pilkington, Chicago

Program Information
Date Presented:
September 12, 2013 8:55 AM Central
Length:
3 hours, 20 minutes
ISBA Member Price:
$67.50
Non-Member Price:
$145.00
Opening Statements
Don't miss this demonstration in which a plaintiff and defense attorney each present different opening statement techniques, followed by an interactive discussion on the principles of opening statements, the techniques/strategies employed by each attorney through the opening statement, and a look at what should be accomplished during the opening statement in a retaliation case.
Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 1.00
Including Professional Responsibility: 1.00
Speaker Information
John J. Michels Jr.   [ view bio ]
John T. Moran Jr.   [ view bio ]
Cathy A. Pilkington   [ view bio ]
Direct Examination of Plaintiff's Witnesses
The plaintiff's direct examination is the first evidence jurors will hear in a case, making it important for the plaintiff to get the case across as clearly and succinctly as possible without damaging credibility. Join us for this interactive presentation in which the audience recognizes objectionable material as the plaintiff and his chief witness testify to the events and offer evidentiary foundations in an effort to get testimony and documents into evidence.
Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.50
Including Professional Responsibility: 0.50
Speaker Information
Jose J. Behar   [ view bio ]
Cathy A. Pilkington   [ view bio ]
Christopher G. Ward   [ view bio ]
Cross-Examination of Plaintiff's Witnesses
Defense cross-examination is done with an eye toward discrediting the plaintiff's story and the goal of casting doubt on the plaintiff’s case, if not disproving it entirely. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in recognizing objections during cross-examination. The segment closes with a panel discussion on the principles, trial techniques, and strategy decisions in direct and cross-examination of plaintiff and plaintiff’s witness.
Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 1.00
Including Professional Responsibility: 1.00
Speaker Information
Jose J. Behar   [ view bio ]
Cathy A. Pilkington   [ view bio ]
Christopher G. Ward   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 3.00
Including Professional Responsibility: 3.00
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