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Live Cary | North Carolina Bar Center
Friday, January 10, 2020

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Murder on Birchleaf Drive is the true crime story of the Michelle Young murder case.

As the back cover reads:

"To the outside world, Jason and Michelle Young lived a storybook life—an attractive couple with great jobs, a beautiful home, a precocious two-year-old daughter, and a baby boy on the way.

Soon after the 29-year-old pregnant mother’s brutally beaten body was discovered on their bedroom floor, a very different picture emerged. Of a marriage crumbling at its foundation. Of a meddlesome New York mother-in-law whose running critique left Jason frustrated and angry. Of a 32-year-old man who behaved like a frat boy rebelling against adult responsibilities.

Was Jason the monster who bludgeoned his beautiful wife to death, leaving his toddler alone for hours to walk through her blood? If so, would he get away with it?"

Following intense law enforcement and forensic work focused on solving the crime, the case of State v. Young was tried twice, each time producing a different result: a hung jury in 2011 and then a unanimous guilty verdict in 2012. Prosecutors Howard Cummings, Becky Holt, and David Saacks from the Wake County District Attorney’s Office faced off against Bryan Collins and Mike Klinkosum from the Wake County Public Defender’s Office. Both trials involved carefully crafted trial strategies and excellent lawyering.

Through examination and analysis of those trial techniques, Steven B. Epstein — author of Murder on Birchleaf Drive: The True Story of the Michelle Young Murder Case — offers invaluable insight and skillful tactics for winning your case. Epstein teases out several lessons, focusing on trial strategy, opening statements, cross-examination of lay and expert witnesses, closing arguments, and winning trial themes that can be applied to both criminal and civil trial work.

Still have a burning question? This is your chance to get the answer and spark further discussion during the interactive Q&A.

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Steven B. Epstein, a litigation partner at Poyner Spruill LLP, has been practicing law for nearly 30 years. He has tried many jury and non-jury trials in courtrooms throughout North Carolina and has argued numerous appeals. He is a former chair of the NCBA’s Litigation Section and CLE Committee and served on the Board of Governors for the Association and Board of Directors for the Foundation from 2014-2017. He is a frequent CLE presenter on a variety of topics, including trial strategy and practice.

Since 2015, Epstein’s legal practice has focused primarily on divorce and family law; he regularly counsels clients and represents them in court proceedings in cases involving child custody, child support, alimony, and equitable distribution of marital property.

Click here for more information about Steven.

The true crime story Murder on Birchleaf Drive, released on June 1, 2019, is Epstein’s first commercial publication. He is currently hard at work on his second.

Order your copy of Murder on Birchleaf Drive now before attending the program!

  • 8:30am | Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:55 | Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:00 | Trial Strategy
  • 10:30 | Break
  • 10:45 | Winning Themes
  • 12:15pm | Adjourn
Product Information
Date Presented:
January 10, 2020 8:55 AM Eastern
3 hours, 20 minutes
Registration Fee:
Murder on Birchleaf Drive: Trial Strategy for True Crime Lovers
TUITION RATE. Early and Membership discounts automatically apply at checkout. 

Register early and SAVE 10%! Live Cary and Webcast early rate expires December 20. 

Standard: $200 / $180 Early
NCBA Member: $165 / $150 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.


North Carolina Bar Center

8000 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513 | 800.228.3402

HOTEL INFORMATION. Contact hotels directly for reservations at the special NCBA room rate. Rates are based on availability and may sell out. 

TownePlace Suites by Marriott
120 Sage Commons Way, Cary, NC 27513 | Driving Directions

  • Rates | $114 studio queen with sleeper sofa (Sunday-Thursday)
  • Reservations | 919.678.0005 (Please ask for the NCBA corporate rate)

Embassy Suites
201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary, NC 27513 | Driving Directions

  • Rates | $174 single/double
  • Reservations | Click here to book online (Group Code 2691626)

Speaker Information
Steven B Epstein   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
NC State Bar
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Certified Paralegal Education (CPE) (Total): 3.00
Criminal Law Specialization: 3.00
CLE Premier Pass
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