Live CLE Seminars CLE Webinars CLE on CD, CLE on DVD CLE on Demand,  CLE mp3, Video CLE mp4

Live Seminar

Focus on Decision-Makers

Dec 14, 2012
Charlotte, North Carolina
8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Use calculator to show CLE credit for your state.

Decision-makers—the judges and juries who ultimately help you win. This half-day CLE seminar features seasoned local professionals presenting the perfect blend of hard fact and personal experience.

  • Structure voir dire to shape how the jury sees you, your client and your case
  • Weave a story that speaks to both judge and jury
  • Gain leverage by learning to see from the decision-maker’s perspective


Your State:

3.50 hrs, including:
Ethics: 1.00

This class is not currently available for sale.



8:00   Registration
8:30 - 9:30  

Making the Most of Voir Dire
Learn from local experts how to structure your voir dire questions to reveal best jurors, convey the right message, and shape how jurors see you and your client. You will learn the best ways to get the information you need from jurors and interpret that information on the spot. (Lisa Godfrey, The Knox Law Center)

9:30 - 11:00   Crafting the Right Story for Your Audience
While trial advocacy isn’t exactly “as seen on television,” compelling storytelling gives a lawyer’s presentation far greater impact. Learn from great lawyers how to weave a story that breathes life into your client’s case and gives jurors a solid reason to support your client. (Angela McIlveen, McIlveen Family Law Firm)
11:00 - 11:15   Break
11:15 - 12:15   What Does Empathy Have to do with Winning Trials?
The role of empathy in the practice of law is often overlooked. In reality, the ability to see an argument from the judge or juror’s perspective gives you leverage and helps you humanize your client. (Chris Layton, The Likeable Lawyer)
12:15   Adjourn


Chris Layton

Chris Layton, J.D. is the founder of The Layton Law Firm, PLLC, a consumer bankruptcy firm in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has been facilitating Likeable Lawyer programs since 2007. Chris holds a B.A. in Journalism from The University of Maryland at College Park and a J.D. from Wake Forest University.

Lisa Godfrey

Lisa received her juris doctor degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland. She began practicing law with The Knox Law Center in 1982. Lisa's practice includes business and construction litigation. She also advises a variety of businesses on corporate law, employment and contract matters. In addition, Lisa handles personal injury and professional malpractice cases. Lisa has resided in Charlotte since 1982.

Angela McIlveen

Angela McIlveen graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. with a B.A. degree. She attended Case Law School and graduated with her J.D. Angela lives in Gastonia, N.C. She is a partner at the McIlveen Family Law Firm. She focuses her practice in family law and handles cases in all areas of the law including divorce, child custody and support, alimony, domestic violence, adoption, separation, and equitable distribution. Angela handles cases in Gastonia, Charlotte, Concord, Monroe, and surrounding cities and counties.

Name:Doubletree Suites by Hilton SouthPark
Address: 6300 Morrison Blvd.
North Carolina
Phone:(704) 364-2400

Credit Reporting

Our courses are approved in almost all states that have CLE requirements. Accreditation for a particular course will vary by state. Please use our CLE calculator for CLE credit available in your state. For more information, visit our FAQ.

stock photo

"Easily the most interesting CLE I've had in years. I recommend it to anyone in any law field."
David Hanson,
Manley Deas Kochaiski

"The class content exceeded my expectations and was very helpful (more helpful than most CLEs)."
Sean Ambrose,

"The class content exceeded my expectations and caused me to think about the kind of person I come across as, which is important but not a subject lawyers are usually trained on."
John Lamb, Attorney,
Caterpillar Financial Services

"I thought it would be another dry ethics and professionalism course, but it was the most exciting and practical course I have attended."
Richard Crollett,
New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration

"Very eye-opening and informative!"
Christina Hanna,
Sheppard Mullin