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Cross Discipline: Building Cross-Examination Skills with Practical Improv Techniques

Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 General

Average Rating:
Credit Type:
General |  Trial Practice
Roger J. Dodd, Esq. |  Olivia Espinosa |  Steve Hohman
Course Levels:
3 Hours 01 Minutes
Product Setting: Expires 60 day(s) after program date.



Professional improv actor and teacher, Steve Hohman, and legendary author and trial lawyer, Roger J. Dodd, connect the disciplines of cross-examination and improvisation. This engaging and innovative 90-minute video takes you through easy-to-follow strategies for the courtroom and introduces practical improvisational acting skills to help master Dodd's world-famous cross-examination techniques. You'll learn easy-to-use exercises to practice outside the courtroom that directly apply to trial lawyers because, just like in improv, nothing in the courtroom is scripted.


  • Intro to Cross Examination and Improvisational Acting: Basic Similarities

  • Leading Questions and One-Fact-at-a-time to Build Your Narrative Clearly

  • Storytelling from General to the Specific

  • General-to-Specific Takeaway and Advanced Rules of Cross (Narrative Driven and Facts, Not Conclusions)

  • The Importance of Word-Selection, Takeaway, and Spontaneous Loop

  • “Yes, And”, “Spontaneous Loops” Takeaway, and Active Listening



Roger J. Dodd, Esq.'s Profile

Roger J. Dodd, Esq. Related Seminars and Products

Trial Lawyer

Dodd Law

Roger J. Dodd has active offices in Park City, Utah (Dodd & Kuendig), Valdosta, Georgia (Dodd and Burnham), and Jacksonville, Florida (Spohrer and Dodd) where he practices trial work of all types. This includes personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense, and domestic relations. He has been listed in Best Lawyers for more than 20 years. He is one of a handful of lawyers nationally who are listed in Super Lawyers in more than one state simultaneously (Georgia, Florida and Mountain States (5). He was Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Practice for more than 20 years and was a Board Certified in Criminal Trial Practice for more than 20 years. He acts as co-counsel all over the United States and in select foreign countries.

He also coaches individual lawyers in individual cases.

He has lectured and taught lawyers and judges in all 50 states, and multiple foreign countries. TV and legal credits include CourtTV, TruTV, CNN, ABC, CBS, and cable TV.

For more information on Dodd's individualized lawyer coaching, see

For more information on Dodd's intensive Trial Skills Clinics, see

Download Roger Dodd's full CV here.

Olivia Espinosa's Profile

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Director of Education/ Teaching Artist

Haus of Improv

A bilingual teaching artist, actor, playwright and director, Olivia graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and combines all of these skills to create a well-rounded approach to teaching.

For over 12 years her work as a teaching artist has revolved around theatre arts and playwriting, teaching residencies throughout San Diego county, in detention facilities, group homes for foster youth and at SDSU. In addition, as a Program Manager for education organizations like Playwrights Project (San Diego) and Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa), Olivia understands the importance of arts in the classroom and creating sustainable programs for students of all ages.

Olivia is a member of Native Voices at the Autry Artist Ensemble in Los Angeles where she helped launch and direct the ensemble play Stories from the Indian Boarding School. In 2017, she was the proud recipient of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s most prestigious award- The Phil Killian Directing Fellowship, where she assisted Artist Director, Bill Rauch.

Steve Hohman's Profile

Steve Hohman Related Seminars and Products

Creative Director/ Lead Teaching Artist

Haus of Improv

As a professional improvisational actor, Steve Hohman has been part of The National Comedy Theatre’s MainStage cast since 2011, San Diego’s longest running theatrical show. In addition, he works as a teaching artist and Managing Director for the organization. Steve has also honed his improv skills with the prestigious Upright Citizens Brigade (LA). His dedication to this artform has enabled him to travel and perform throughout the country and as far away as the Virgin Islands.

As a teaching artist, Steve is currently on Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Arts Teach roster and has taught with many arts education organizations throughout Southern California- The Old Globe; Playwrights Project; Junior Theatre (San Diego) and All the Arts for All the Kids (Fullerton). Steve graduated from San Diego State University where he received Bachelor’s of Art degrees in Theatre Arts and Communications (Media Management).


Tue, Aug 06, 2024 - 12:00pm to 03:01pm CDT



Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 21


Devin M - Houston, Texas

"Actively listen. "

Elyssa H - Portland, Oregon

"Practice these tools in everyday life."

Madeleine H - Portland, Oregon

"The importance of narrative."

Philip J - Salem, Oregon

"I love yes,and and I look forward to looping my next coffee interaction"

Serena H - Greenwood Village, Colorado

"The "yes and" game"

Theodore S - Van Buren, Maine

"To actively listen during cross examination."

Jean W - Springvale, Maine

"spontaneous loping"

John B - Brunswick, Maine


Alice K - Richmond, Maine

"looping, general to specific, one fact at a time"

Paul P - Yarmouth, Maine

"Tactics to make negotiations more conversational."