Education Services

Witness Preparation & Brief Writing

Session ID: ED5219001O

Witness Preparation & Brief Writing


  • Start Date

    April 25, 2019 9:00 AM
  • End Date

    April 25, 2019 4:30 PM
  • Duration

    7.5 hours
Registration Closed
Registration Status: CLOSED

Registration for this program closes on April 24, 2019 5:00 PM

Registration Fee
Price (USD)
Before Mar 25, 2019
General $170.00 $150.00
Group - 3 or more $150.00 -

Refund Policy

Refunds (less a $25 administrative fee) are available if a written cancellation request is received no later than 10 business days before the start of the program. Substitution of attendees can be made at any time.


Court Yard by Marriot Cromwell
4 Sebethe Drive
Cromwell, CT  06416

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Faculty and Summary

Harvey Shrage
Harvey M.Shrage

Boston, MA

Zachary Schurin
Zachary Schurin

Pullman & Comley LLC
Hartford, CT

Barbara Collins

Law Office of Barbara J. Collins
Hartford, CT

This program is designed to teach participants the do’s and don’ts for witness preparation and examination to present to an arbitrator.

The program will also discuss the primary function of the closing argument and how to make it as easy as possible for the arbitrator to reach a favorable determination.

During this program, an experienced AAA® Arbitrator and two skilled professionals will also address:

  • Direct Examination
  • Cross-Examination
  • How to write an effective closing statement
  • Tips and techniques for the best briefs
  • What arbitrators need regarding closing arguments and briefs

Participants will role-play aspects of the witness preparation process and the closing arguments – where the task will be to utilize skills learned throughout the day.

Who should attend:
Labor and management representatives including union representatives, human resources professionals, attorneys, shop stewards, business agents, and individuals who assist advocates in the preparation and presentation of evidence for labor arbitration cases will find the information in this program invaluable.


As part of its long-standing, ongoing educational mission, the American Arbitration Association grants a limited number of scholarships that cover the cost of educational program registration. Scholarship eligibility is limited to students, government workers, retired professionals, arbitrators/mediators who are no longer active on the AAA roster, and others as may be determined by the AAA. To request a registration fee scholarship, please send an email to Include your current position and affiliation, and a brief description of the basis for your registration fee scholarship request. The American Arbitration Association reserves the right to grant or deny any request based on the information provided by the requesting individual and available space in the program.


If you are an AAA Panelist please note this program does not satisfy your annual Arbitrator Continuing Education requirement.

CLE Information:

West LegalEdcenter is procuring continuing legal education (CLE) credits on behalf of American Arbitration Association.  This program is available for CLE credits in Connecticut.  Credit amounts vary by attendance verification and jurisdictional rules.


Please contact Maggie Lalowski at or 212-484-3283.