Partner David Lail conducted a CLE panel called Dissecting a Trial Loss for the South Carolina Association of Justice’s (SCAJ) first-ever virtual annual convention. SCAJ is a membership organization of over 1,200 attorneys across the state of South Carolina sworn to advocate for fairness under the law.
While many programs typically highlight the great victories won in the courtroom, Dissecting a Trial Loss focused instead on lessons learned from losing a case at trial—or, in other words, learning lessons the hard way.
“As trial lawyers, we are committed to learning how to be better at our craft so we can be better for our clients,” David says. “We thought it was important to not only celebrate our victories, but to also discuss key takeaways and lessons learned by dissecting trial losses. You can’t win ‘em all, but you can learn from ‘em all.”
Some lessons discussed in the panel included discussion of pre-trial matters, jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross examination, evidentiary issues, closing arguments and more.
David served as Chair of the Torts & Negligence section for SCAJ for the last two years and maintains a seat on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee. The panel was led by moderator Lee Cope, and the panelists included Senator Margie Bright Matthews, Ken Suggs, John Eric Fulda, and Steve Lowry.
SCAJ’s annual convention in Hilton Head Island was cancelled due to COVID-19, and we were thrilled to be able to conduct a virtual session in a safe yet effective environment.
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