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Workshop: Get The Jury On Your Side — Tips For Effective Direct and Cross Examinations (co-sponsored by NAPIPA)

DATE: Thursday, July 20, 2017      TIME: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
LOCATION: USPTO, 2nd floor, Alaska Room

The most crucial part of a trial is the examination of witnesses.  Superior Court Judge Roberta Hayashi, former gang homicide prosecutor Amir Alem, and civil litigator Michael Cheng will lead us through the trials and tribulations of effectively presenting cases through witnesses.  We will discuss preparation of direct and cross examinations, dealing with difficult witnesses, and overall presentation of evidence to win the jury over before they begin their deliberations.

CLE accreditation pending. Click here to download CLE materials.


MODERATOR:

Sandip Patel

Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office

Sandip Patel is currently a deputy district attorney at the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office in the Gang Unit.  He graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2001; and a Master’s degree in Biotechnology. In 2007, he received his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, where he was awarded the Best Oral Advocate in Appellate Advocacy and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi, Legal Honor Society. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Patel served as an assistant district attorney in San Francisco. There as the senior trial attorney in the Mortgage and Investment Fraud Unit, he was the prosecutor in the high-profile and highly-complex “Dark Prince” white collar crime case.  Most recently, Mr. Patel prosecuted multiple members of the San Jose Norteno Criminal Street Gang and a gang from Oakland named Ghost Town.


PANELISTS:

Amir Alem

Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office

Amir Alem joined the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office in August 1999. During that time Amir has been assigned to the Family Support Division, Misdemeanor Trials, Preliminary Hearings, Domestic Violence, General Felonies, Career Criminal, Gangs and Real Estate Fraud.  While nearing the end of his 8 years as a prosecutor on the Gang unit, Amir tried the case of the People v. Gregory Thompson – a case involving the murder of a young man named Marvin Jackson who had graduated from college just 13 days prior. A man named Khalil Owens had been arrested by police for this heinous murder. After Owens’ public defender told Amir that her client was innocent, Amir worked tirelessly on the case. Amir determined that Owens was not the perpetrator and released him from custody. With the help of homicide detectives, Amir charged Gregory Thompson with the murder and prosecuted him for the murder of Marvin Jackson. A jury found Thompson guilty of the murder of Marvin Jackson. As a result Amir received the most prestigious award given to trial lawyers at the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office – the Napoleon J. Menard Award for felony trial excellence.

Michael Cheng

Associate, Berliner Cohen LLP

Michael Cheng is civil litigator with Berliner Cohen where he represents individuals and businesses in state and federal courts.  Prior to joining Berliner Cohen, Mr. Cheng practiced as an associate in San Jose as well as Taiwan where he focused on commercial litigation, corporate matters, contract negotiation, and international compliance.  In addition, Mr. Cheng has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of cases including construction defects, wage and hour issues, as well as trusts and estate administration matters.  Mr. Cheng is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law and U.C.L.A.

Hon. Roberta Hayashi

Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court

Honorable Roberta Hayashi is a Judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, currently assigned to the Family Law Courts. Previously, Judge Hayashi handled misdemeanor arraignments, pretrial conferences, motions and trials. She was appointed to the bench in December 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was a litigation partner and head of the employment law practice at Berliner Cohen. She was also a partner at Skjerven Morrill LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. She is a past President of the SCCBA and past President of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. In 2009, she was the recipient of the SCCBA’s Professional Lawyer of the Year Award. She is a frequent speaker on legal ethics and elimination of bias in the legal profession. Judge Hayashi was born and raised in Santa Clara County. She graduated Stanford University (AB ’79, Phi Beta Kappa) and U.C. Davis School of Law (JD ’82, Editor in Chief of the U.C. Davis Law Review). is a Judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, currently assigned to the Family Law Courts. Previously, Judge Hayashi handled misdemeanor arraignments, pretrial conferences, motions and trials. She was appointed to the bench in December 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was a litigation partner and head of the employment law practice at Berliner Cohen. She was also a partner at Skjerven Morrill LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. She is a past President of the SCCBA and past President of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. In 2009, she was the recipient of the SCCBA’s Professional Lawyer of the Year Award. She is a frequent speaker on legal ethics and elimination of bias in the legal profession. Judge Hayashi was born and raised in Santa Clara County. She graduated Stanford University (AB ’79, Phi Beta Kappa) and U.C. Davis School of Law (JD ’82, Editor in Chief of the U.C. Davis Law Review).