Widener Law to host daylong conference on cross-examination Does it really determine truth?
Published: March 15, 2007
"Cross examination is the greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth. You can do anything with a bayonet except sit on it. A lawyer can do anything with cross-examination if he is skillful enough not to impale his own cause upon it,"

John Henry Wigmore, dean of Northwestern University
School of Law, 1901-1929


Some consider cross-examination an art, and those that do it well are the stuff of legal legend. The Delaware campus of Widener University School of Law will consider cross-examination and Wigmore's famous quote in the daylong conference "Cross Examination: The Great Engine?" on Friday, April 20. The event, sponsored by the law school and its student-run Widener Law Review, will include six panel discussions featuring academics, practitioners and judges from around the country.

The conference will focus on all aspects of cross-examination, from its historic roots to its perceived effectiveness, demonstrated inadequacies and its role in the electronic age. All panels will be held in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom.

Application for approval of six continuing legal education credits, including one ethics credit, has been submitted to the Delaware Commission on Continuing Legal Education and the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. Cost to attend is $135 for legal professionals seeking CLE credits and $100 for Widener Law alumni, with lunch included. There is no cost and no lunch service for students or members of the public who are not seeking CLE credits.

Registration check-in and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m. the day of the conference. Law Dean Linda L. Ammons will make welcome remarks at 8:45 a.m., followed by comments from Michael Wozny, editor-in-chief of the Widener Law Review, and Epstein.

To register, or for more information, contact Debbe Patrick at 302.477.2014 or dapatrick@widener.edu.