National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Maximizing the Impact of Direct Examination

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When you're in front of a judge and jurors after months of immersion in your case, there's little you don't already know about your case and your witness--to the point that direct examination may feel like just a formality to get out of the way. But to these factfinders, direct is the moment they finally get to meet your witness and your chance to shape those crucial first impressions.

In this hour long webcast, trial and evidence expert Mike Fontham will help you refine how you conduct direct so that the essentials of your case come across in a powerful, memorable fashion and your witness seems credible and reliable. From Mike's presentation, you will learn how to maximize the impact of your direct by selecting and emphasizing the essentials of your client's case, phrasing your questions to elicit the answers you want (while avoiding form objections), using exhibits to enhance your witness's testimony, and developing important points so fact finders will understand and remember them during deliberation.

CLE Information

CLE: 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 (via the link below) as well as a PDF of the PowerPoint slides, which is attached to the presentation. You can access this PDF by clicking on the link button once the presentation has begun to play. If you require verification of your attendance, please contact


Michael R. Fontham

Stone Pigman Walther et al
New Orleans, LA

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