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August 21 - Make Your Witness a Star!

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Make Your Witness a Star!

Date: Wednesday August 21
, 2024
Time: 11 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Credits: 2.0 G
How many times have you thought you prepared a witness perfectly only to have that witness fail – either just a little, or completely and disastrously? Do your problem witnesses keep you awake at night? Do some witnesses affect YOUR performance?

You are not alone. Every attorney knows exactly what a “star witness” looks like, acts like, and performs like. A star witness is confident, ready for whatever comes at him or her, able to communicate well with judges and jurors, and able to avoid the pitfalls of deposition and cross-examination. Most attorneys do their best to prepare their witnesses to be as close to that ideal as possible. Yet in deposition and on the stand, many witnesses do not perform even adequately, let alone as a “star.”

Whether you are brand new to witness preparation or are an old hand at good witness preparation and would just like to learn some new ways to work with problem witnesses. The proven techniques in this program will help you create witnesses of star stature.

Katherine James and Alan Blumenfeld, who facilitate this program, are two of the premier litigation consultants in the country and they have helped attorneys prepare hundreds of witnesses in over a thousand trials. Their game-changing system, The Star Witness Preparation System, has been refined over her more than four decades of work with attorneys and witnesses. These unique and proven techniques are based in the theater discipline of rehearsal and performance and the system works with all kinds of witnesses.

Alan Blumenfeld
Alan Blumenfeld is a founding partner in ACT of Communication™ and also works as a professional actor in film and television, and on stage. He has made guest appearances in over 200 television shows and feature films (including Cheers, NYPD Blue and Grey’s Anatomy), and scores of films (including Righteous Kill with Al Pacino). His live stage appearances include those in repertory companies around the world such as Berkshire Theatre in Stockbridge, MA, The Globe in Los Angles, Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York and the San Francisco Opera.

Alan holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. from American Conservatory Theatre. Additional information about Alan’s theatre work can be found at

Katherine James
Katherine James, a founding partner of ACT of Communication™, is the author of The Second Best Life In The World – A Witness Preparation Guide To Human Damages, to be released by AAJ Press Book in June 2020. She coaches witnesses and their lawyers to engage, persuade, and motivate jurors and has helped prepare thousands of witnesses for trial. She has taught workshops for Inns of Court, CAALA (Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles), CAOC (Consumer Attorneys of California), the Los Angeles Bar and numerous other legal organizations, private law firms and bar associations. She is recognized as a preeminent leader in preparing lawyers and witness for trial and her widely published articles can be found in the Knowledge Tank on the ACT of Communications website.

Katherine is also an active film, television and theatre professional and has appeared in numerous television shows (including Family Ties and L.A. Law) and films (including The Right Stuff and Easy Mark). Her numerous stage appearances with repertory companies include those with American Conservatory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the San Francisco Opera. Katherine holds a B.F.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. from The American Conservatory Theater. Find additional information at

Originally Recorded: March 2, 2023

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.