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August 06 - Cross Discipline: Building Cross-Examination Skills with Practical Improv Techniques

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Cross Discipline: Building Cross-Examination Skills with Practical Improv Techniques

Date: Tuesday August 6, 2024
Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Credits: 1.5 G
Professional improv actors and legendary author and trial lawyer, Roger J. Dodd, connect the disciplines of cross-examination and improvisation. This engaging and innovative 90-minute video takes you through easy-to-follow strategies for the courtroom and introduces practical improvisational acting skills to help master Dodd's world-famous cross-examination techniques. You'll learn easy-to-use exercises to practice outside the courtroom that directly apply to trial lawyers because, just like in improv, nothing in the courtroom is scripted.

  • Intro to Cross Examination and Improvisational Acting: Basic Similarities
  • Leading Questions and One-Fact-at-a-time to Build Your Narrative Clearly
  • Storytelling from General to the Specific
  • General-to-Specific Takeaway and Advanced Rules of Cross (Narrative Driven and Facts, Not Conclusions)
  • The Importance of Word-Selection, Takeaway, and Spontaneous Loop
  • “Yes, And”, “Spontaneous Loops” Takeaway, and Active Listening


Roger J. Dodd, Esq., has active offices in Park City, Utah (Dodd & Kuendig), Valdosta, Georgia (Dodd and Burnham), and Jacksonville, Florida (Spohrer and Dodd) where he practices trial work of all types. This includes personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense, and domestic relations. He has been listed in Best Lawyers for more than 20 years. He is one of a handful of lawyers nationally who are listed in Super Lawyers in more than one state simultaneously (Georgia, Florida and Mountain States (5). He was Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Practice for more than 20 years and was a Board Certified in Criminal Trial Practice for more than 20 years. He acts as co-counsel all over the United States and in select foreign countries.

He also coaches individual lawyers in individual cases.

He has lectured and taught lawyers and judges in all 50 states, and multiple foreign countries. TV and legal credits include CourtTV, TruTV, CNN, ABC, CBS, and cable TV.

Originally Recorded December 2020; Video and Materials Updated July 31, 2024

Important Information & Login Instructions:
  • This is not eligible as part of the 2024 Annual Pass.
  • Minimum attendance requirements must be met. No partial credit available.
  • Registration closes the day before the program; registration and payment must be received prior to 10 a.m. MT the day before the event.
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This program is available online only through a desktop, laptop, iPad or mobile device with Internet capabilities. It is considered a live program and attendees will receive live CLE credit after attending.