National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Winning Strategies for Your Next Bench Trial

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When trial lawyers dream, their dreams often involve friendly juries. We spend a lot of energy, time and money learning how to best prepare for a jury trial, how to make arguments to a jury and how to question a witness in a jury trial. We don’t dream about bench trials much, if we think about them at all. Even when we do, we don’t put much consideration into how discovery or the presentation of evidence might be different when a judge, not a jury is the fact finder. In this webcast we will talk about when a trial to the bench might be a good option, how to prepare specifically for a bench trial and how advocacy to a judge might be different than to a jury.

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Our online content is not accredited for CLE, and we cannot provide a Certificate of Completion. You can apply for self-study credit by contacting your state bar organization directly. To help you with your self-study application, NITA has provided faculty biography information below as well as a PDF of the PowerPoint slides, which can be downloaded while viewing the presentation. You can access this PDF by clicking on the resources link button once the presentation has begun to play. If you require verification of your attendance, please contact **Webcast viewers may apply for continuing legal education (CLE) credit for up to two years from the original live date of the webcast.  Please view the requirements from your licensed state for the specific CLE requirements and self-reporting regulations. 


Christopher T. Whitten

Superior Court
Phoenix, AZ

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