Course Information:

This new two-day course offering a special emphasis on evidence and witness examination in labor arbitration expands upon the Institute’s basic course on Arbitration for Advocates. Designed for those who have had some experience in labor arbitration, the course also should be helpful for those advancing to more complex disputes.

The course has been developed by longtime FMCS Institute instructors who are members of the National Academy of Arbitrators, and who will be the principal faculty for the program.

Those participating in the course will participate in a series of interactive exercises and model scenarios designed to sharpen  case-handling skills and familiarity with recurring issues.

Topics include:

  • Anticipating problems of proof
  • Preparing witnesses for direct examination
  • Cross-examining adverse witnesses
  • Demonstrating negotiating history and past practice
  • Using subpoenas to obtain documents
  • Making and responding to objections
  • Applying the hearsay rule and its exceptions
  • Laying a foundation and introducing exhibits
  • Drawing inferences
  • Crafting demonstrative evidence
  • Referring to prior inconsistent statements
  • Qualifying expert testimony
  • Refreshing witness recollection

Each person attending will receive a comprehensive packet of instructional material and guidelines. Upon completion, an FMCS Certificate of Training will be provided.