December 14, 2021: Virtual Brown Bag Luncheon – How to Try a Case in Federal Court

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, in conjunction with the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, presents:

How to Try a Case in Federal Court – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Virtual Webinar 

Panel 1: Tips for Expert Communication With a Jury

Moderator: Jeffrey W. Herrmann, Esq., Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf, LLP

Tahanie Aboushi, Esq., The Aboushi Law Firm
Michael T. Hensley, Esq., Bressler Amery & Ross, P.C.
Hon. Julien Xavier Neals, U.S. District Judge, District of New Jersey
Tracey Salmon-Smith, Esq., Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Topics will include:

  • Tips for engaging opening statements.
  • Compelling closing arguments.

Panel 2: Preparing and Examining Trial Witnesses

Moderator: David L. Cook, Esq., Sills Cummis & Gross, P.C.

Linda Foster, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender’s Office
Jamie L. Hoxie, Assistant United States Attorney, District of New Jersey
Edward T. Kole, Esq., Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

Topics will include:

  • Selecting the right witnesses for your trial.
  • How to prepare fact and expert witnesses.
  • Do’s and don’ts of examining witnesses.
  • How to salvage problems that come up during witness testimony.


This CLE event is free of charge and will be held virtually.

This program is pending approval by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism, and 0 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law, criminal trial law, workers compensation law and/or matrimonial law.

Approval is also pending for Pennsylvania CLE credit.

Since 2012, the AFBNJ and U.S. District Court have collaborated to produce the District of New Jersey’s Brown Bag Seminar Luncheons (“Brown Bag Lunches”) in order to support the New Jersey federal courts and provide valuable continuing legal education and training to the practitioners who litigate in them.

These lively events for litigation veterans and newer attorneys alike are designed to provide substantive knowledge, guidance and dialogue relating to civil and criminal court action in our three vicinages.

Modeled on the “lunch and learn” format, these panel presentations are held in the Newark, Trenton and Camden courthouses at no charge for a limited number of attendees. Additionally, Continuing Legal Education credit is available to attorneys licensed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Brown Bag Lunch panels have included New Jersey U.S. District and U.S. Magistrate Judges, along with experienced AFBNJ-member attorneys. The lunch programs encourage discussion while they tackle subjects of interest to the New Jersey federal bar as a whole.

The District’s first Brown Bag Lunch was held in Trenton in March 2012. Since then, the AFBNJ and the U.S. District Court has co-sponsored approximately three Brown Bag Lunch programs per year, one in each of the three courthouses.

Below are links to past Brown Bag luncheon presentations: