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Program Date Date: February 1, 2019

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The Masters series features previous winners of the Smith/Gilchrist awards, given annually to one outstanding defense attorney (Smith Award) and prosecutor (Gilchrist Award) statewide.

This program provides valuable information, strategies and techniques for attorneys practicing in criminal courtrooms in North Carolina.

  • Why do we do this work? Joe Cheshire examines the way criminal defense attorneys need to approach their jobs and the damage done to the justice system when they fail to perform their function.
  • The many faces of argument. Locke Clifford delves into the world of framing an argument, including techniques and approaches for making winning arguments to a trier of fact in trial, to a prosecutor in plea negotiations and to a judge in sentencing.
  • Theories? We don’t need no stinkin’ theories. Tommy Manning discusses developing an overall strategy for a trial centering on theory of the case. Attendees are given tools and strategies that can be used to build a cohesive and comprehensive trial plan tied to the theory of the defense.
  • Let’s make a federal case out of it! Leslie Desmukes explains the policies, guidelines and factors that their offices use in determining whether to initiate a federal prosecution.
  • The ethics of prosecution. Howard Cummings and Barton Menser participate in a panel discussion of ethics in the criminal justice system with an emphasis on the specific ethical challenges and obligations of prosecutors.

Planned by the NCBA Criminal Justice Section

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  • Why We Do What We Do | Cheshire
  • Argument | Clifford
  • Theories? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Theories | Manning
  • Let's Make a Federal Case Out of It! | Dismukes
  • The Ethics of Prosecution | Cummings and Menser
  • Perception vs. Reality in the Criminal Courtroom | Devereux
  • Time to Bring in the Closer | Smith
Product Information
Date Presented:
February 01, 2019 8:55 AM Eastern
7 hours, 35 minutes
Masters of the Courtroom (2019 Criminal Justice Section Annual Meeting)
TUITION RATE. Early and Membership discounts automatically apply at checkout. 

Register early and SAVE 10%!  

Standard: $330 / $295 Early
NCBA Member: $275 / $250 Early
NCBA Criminal Justice Section Member: $255 / $230 Early
CLE Premier Pass: $0

Discounts are available for NCBA members who are students, law professors, judges or legal services/public interest attorneys. Call CLE at 800.228.3402 for details.

Full and partial scholarships are available for attorneys experiencing a financial hardship of any kind. Click here to apply.

VIDEO REPLAYS. The agenda may not include certain breakouts/tracks shown at the original program.  


Speaker Information
Joseph B 'Joe' Cheshire V   [ view bio ]
Locke T Clifford   [ view bio ]
Howard J Cummings   [ view bio ]
Sean Devereux   [ view bio ]
Leslie C Dismukes   [ view bio ]
William L Fay   [ view bio ]
William R 'Rob' Heroy   [ view bio ]
Thomas C 'Tommy' Manning   [ view bio ]
Barton M Menser   [ view bio ]
Wade M Smith   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
NC State Bar
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Certified Paralegal Education (CPE) (Total): 6.00
Criminal Law Specialization: 6.00
General: 5.00
Ethics/Professional Responsibility: 1.00
CLE Premier Pass