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Vincent DePalo Announced as Featured Presenter for MCLE Program on Drafting Novel Jury Instructions

Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo attorney Vincent N. DePalo will be the featured speaker at a live webcast titled, “How to Draft Civil Jury Instructions When Models Don’t Exist.”

The online seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 11 a.m. Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE), the legal community's premier provider of educational programs and reference materials, is the sponsor.

The program is designed to teach practicing attorneys the techniques necessary for crafting successful jury instructions when no model versions apply. Compelling, precise, and easily understandable sample instructions for explaining novel legal issues, complex matters, or unique fact patterns will also be presented.

Vincent concentrates his practice in asbestos litigation, toxic torts, products liability, and insurance defense. He has garnered both trial and arbitration experience in the District and Superior Courts throughout Massachusetts and once served as a staff attorney at the Middlesex Superior Court and as a judicial fellow for Associate Justice Dennis J. Curran.

This interactive program will also explore the requirements for civil jury instructions generally, as well as how and when to present those instructions to the trial justice.

Registration details for this valuable one-hour program are available here. The webinar will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Vincent has written various legal articles and is a frequent guest lecturer at Northeastern University and Roger Williams School of Law. He is the author of “Stiff Medicine: The Medicare Lien Process” for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Journal.

MCLE offers practical training for attorneys in the essential elements of professional practice. This program was initially envisioned as a live, in-person seminar; all MCLE programs are currently being presented via online webcasts due to the coronavirus public health crisis.