Chicago Civil Justice Attorney Robert Kreisman was honored to serve as a faculty member for the recent American Association of Justice (AAJ) case workshop program held September 10 through September 13, 2009 in Kansas City, MO. Robert Kreisman has participated in similar workshops as a faculty member over ten times.
The AAJ program involved analyses of the participating lawyers’ real cases that were coming up for trial. The workshop included a variety of legal cases, including personal injury, medical malpractice, and product liability. The concept behind the program was to dissect the legal cases in order to explore additional points of view. Sometimes when you have been working up a specific case yourself for so long it is difficult to take a step back and analyze it from every angle. The AAJ workshop gave lawyers the opportunity to see other viewpoints expressed.
AAJ has been hosting similar workshops for over a decade, and they have always been a great success. This particular workshop featured an assembly of trial lawyers from across the country – both attorneys who were featuring a case and lawyers who were analyzing other attorneys’ cases. Also present were trial consultants, whose function is to assist lawyers in preparing for trial.
And in order to get a point of view from outside the legal community, the workshop assembled focus groups to weigh in on the facts of the case. These focus groups were composed of members of the local community and serve the function of a mock jury. Attorneys use focus groups to test their trial strategies and as a way to predict how a local jury might respond.
Chicago’s Kreisman Law Offices is an Illinois personal injury and Cook County medical malpractice law firm that has been serving the Chicagoland area for over 30 years, including the communities of Evanston, Oak Park, River Forest, and Wheaton.