Program to focus on building relationships with judges and jurors

The State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section welcomes Steve Easton to present a seminar titled “Building Strong Relationships with Judges and Jurors” on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the MSU Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Rd. in Troy.

Easton, a trial lawyer and award-winning teacher and author, has excelled at trial in both law school and CLE classrooms. He served as the U.S. attorney for the District of North Dakota and has now tried cases to successful jury verdicts from all four seats available to trial attorneys — prosecution, criminal defense, plaintiff’s attorney, and civil defense attorney. Easton spent four years as dean of the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he is still a professor.

Attendees will learn to: increase the odds that jurors choose you, while you are choosing them; personalize the “blind date” of voir dire, and make it enjoyable for jurors and for you; use the judge’s credibility to enhance your own credibility; use innovative, powerful techniques to leverage your relationships during closing argument; and consciously avoid common credibility-destroying mistakes.

Following the program there will be a discussion of the Summary Jury Trial pilot program.

The cost to attend is $200 for members, $300 for non-members (includes membership), $95 for new lawyers in practice less than five years (includes membership); and $300 for non-lawyer guests. Judges and judicial staff attend at no cost with registration. To register or for additional information, visit