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      How to Testify in Court: An Interactive Training in Asheville

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      November 15, 2019

      Friday  12:45 PM

      60 Court Plaza
      Asheville, North Carolina

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      How to Testify in Court: An Interactive Training

      In this seminar, participants will learn about court and how to testify effectively. The training will start with a didactic session to give an overview of courtroom procedures, the role of a witness, preparation for giving testimony, appropriate witness behavior, and strategies for overcoming anxiety. Each participant will have the opportunity to be part of a role-play by serving as a mock witness in a family law case. Local judges and attorneys will be part of the role-play to accurately simulate the courtroom experience and to provide support and feedback to participants. In addition to playing the role of a witness in a simulation with actual court officials, participants will observe the other group members in practice testimony and be part of discussions throughout the role-play. Because of the intensive nature of the training, registration is limited!  Register early! Participants will: Understand the basics of the courtroom, the roles of court personnel, and the role of a witness Articulate strategies for responding to difficult or problematic questions Reduce anxiety and fear associated with testifying by applying strategies for answering difficult questions and understanding the role of the witness. Apply skills discussed in the didactic portion of the training in role-plays in order to increase confidence. Apply feedback from attorneys and judges. Participants will receive a certificate with 4 hours continuing education credit.  Snacks are included.  Eat lunch before you come! Presenters Jeanne Cummings, Ph.D. - Dr. Cummings obtained her degree from UNC-Greensboro and has taught at Auburn University, Guilford College, Warren Wilson College and UNCA.  As a child psychologist at Appalachian Hall and in private practice in Asheville, she treated and evaluated children and families with a variety of problems and has decades of experience testifying in court. She is currently on the Board of Directors of The Mediation Center.  Sharon Tracey Barrett is a retired Superior Court Judge and a former Buncombe County District Court Judge. Through a practice called Barrett Resolutions, Sharon currently works as a mediator and arbitrator. She also serves as an Associate Judge and Justice for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and as an Emergency Superior Court Judge. She received her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986 then practiced law in Asheville with the firm of Patla, Straus, Robinson & Moore for nineteen years before becoming a judge. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Mediation Center.  Parking Information: Parking is on your own.  We suggest parking in the deck at 164 College Street, directly across from the Buncombe County Courthouse and beside the Carolina First Bank. Please find our refund/cancellation policy here.  All event proceeds benefit:

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