Criminal Masters in Advocacy 2022: Holding the State to Their Burden–Making the State Rule Out All Reasonable Doubts

Fri, December 2, 2022   |   8:55 a.m. -4:30 p.m.   |  
Virtual and  701 Corporate Center Dr, Ste 450, Raleigh, NC 27607
  |   CLE Hours: 6.25 CLE hours

The Rule-Out Method is an easily mastered, thoroughly tested, innovative trial strategy criminal defense approach that blocks the large majority of trial convictions. It works in part by the way it gets jurors to personally want to decide based only on reasonable doubts, partly by preventing the major defense error that alone accounts for over 80% of all convictions. Rule-Out is based on more than 20 years of face-to-face post-trial juror interviews, interviews with jury-eligible citizens, focus -groups and real trial testing and substantial 21st century neuroscience research including Nation Foundation-funded research at Duke’s Institute for Brain Sciences with David Ball and partner Artemis Malekpour among its researchers.

This program is part lecture and part demonstration, and features David Ball (virtual presentation), Roger Dodd (virtual presentation), Patricia Kuendig, Artemis Malekpour, Emilia Beskind and N.C. Superior Court Judges, Josephine Kerr Davis, Alyson Grine, Shannon Tucker and Gregory A. Weeks.  Register Today!

Speakers & Topics:

8:00 a.m. Registration (in person)
8:55 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Program Chairs
  • Anthony Monaghan, Assistant Public Defender, Charlotte
  • Sarah Olson, IDS Forensic Resource Attorney, Durham
9:00 a.m. Introduction to Rule Out Method: Principles
  • David Ball, Malekpour & Ball, Durham (virtual presentation)
    • State’s Forensics: A Garden of Reasonable Doubts
    • Witness Memory: Another Garden of Reasonable Doubts
10:30 a.m. Jury Voir Dire for Rule-Out Method
  • David Ball
  • Artemis Malekpour, Malekpour & Ball, Durham
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Jury Voir Dire for Rule Out Method (continued)
11:45 a.m. Rule-Out Method Affordable/Easy Focus Groups
  • Artemis Malekpour
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Demos: Voir Dire, Openings, Direct & Cross, Closing & Critiques
  • Emilia Beskind, Thomas, Ferguson & Beskind, Durham
    • Voir Dire
  • Shannon Tucker, Office of the Public Defender, 14th District, Durham
    • Opening
  • Roger Dodd, Dodd & Burnham, Trial Lawyers, Valdosta GA (virtual presentation)
    • Direct & Cross Examination
  • Patricia Kuendig, Dodd & Kuendig, Park City, Utah
  • David Ball
    • Closing
  • David Ball and  Artemis Malekpour
    • Critiques
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Demos (continued)
3:30 p.m. View from the Bench- Overcoming Objections to Rule-Out Method
  • David Ball (moderator)
  • Honorable Josephine Kerr Davis, Superior Court Judge, Durham
  • Honorable Alyson Grine, Superior Court Judge, Pittsboro
  • Honorable Gregory Weeks (Ret), Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, Fayetteville
4:30 p.m. Adjourn