Cross-Examination: The Lawyer’s Opportunity to Testify

3.25 Law and Legal CLE Credits | WSBA Activity ID #1023478

Co-sponsored by the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, this practice based seminar addresses cross-examination from both the civil and criminal perspectives. Cross-examination is the lawyer’s opportunity to tell their client’s story; here is your opportunity to learn the most effective ways for achieving that outcome.

Cross Examination


Recorded:  09/30/2016
Credits:  3.25 Law and Legal CLE | WSBA Activity ID #1023478
Length: 3 hours, 19 minutes

Featured Speakers:
William Kirk, Vonda Sargeant, Eric Fong, Ken Fornabai


8:15-8:45 a.m.

Registration and Coffee Service

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Session I: Purpose and Goals for Cross-Examination

William Kirk, Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Session II: Preparation

The Criminal Side - Jonathan Rands, Attorney at Law
The Civil Side - Eric Fong, Fong Law, PLLC
Vonda Sargent, The Law Offices of Vonda M. Sargent, PLLC

10:45-11 a.m.


11 a.m.-12 noon

Session III: Technique

The Criminal Side - Ken Fornabai, Attorney at Law
The Civil Side - Eric Fong, Fong Law, PLLC
Vonda Sargent, The Law Offices of Vonda M. Sargent, PLLC

12-12:30 p.m

Session IV: Impeachment

Eric Fong, Fong Law, PLLC
Vonda Sargent, The Law Offices of Vonda M. Sargent, PLLC

12:30 p.m.

Evaluations and Adjourn


Cross Examination



Francisco Duarte

Francisco A. Duarte is a former Assistant Attorney General and Deputy King County Prosecutor. Mr. Duarte is a director and former chair of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children and served on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Shakespeare Company. He is also past chair of the WSBA Criminal Law Section, the WSBA Criminal Justice Institute, and WACDL Public Education Committee. Mr. Duarte has taught trial practice in Botswana, Kenya, and Mexico. In addition, Mr. Duarte is on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the Trial Lawyers College, which was founded by Gerry Spence in 1994. Mr. Duarte teaches trial advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law and is a frequent lecturer at legal education programs on criminal law topics and has appeared on Northwest Cable News and radio programs as a legal analyst. Mr. Duarte is a trial lawyer dedicated to helping the injured and individuals accused of DUI and other crimes.

William Kirk

Bill Kirk has been with Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn since 2000 practicing exclusively in the area of DUI and BUI Defense. Named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics every year since 2003 Bill currently serves as the President of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice. He has been recognized as one of Washington's Top 25 Defense Attorneys on two separate occasions. He currently serves on the Board of Regents to the National College for DUI Defense and is Board Certified by the National College. A regular speaker at this seminar, Bill has lectured now in over a dozen states in the area of DUI Defense.


Eric Fong

Eric was recently described in an introduction as "part of a dying breed; a lawyer that actually tries cases, and doesn't specialize in any one area of law. A trial lawyer that tries civil and criminal cases with equal zeal, passion and commitment." Eric has successfully litigated federal and state civil cases from fields as diverse as RICO violations ($1,200,000), products liability ($600,000), medical malpractice ($5,420,000), nursing home abuse ($600,000), civil rights ($125,000), car crash ($850,000), trip and fall ($2,750,000), failure to supervise a child ($300,000), sex abuse ($400,000) divorces, protection orders, toxic fumes, and boundary disputes. In the criminal world he has successfully handled federal and state cases from white-collar crime, murder in the first degree, rape, DUI, kidnapping, child molestation, leading organized crime and vehicular homicide. As George Clinton's lawyer, Eric advised Mr. Clinton when Robin Thick unsuccessfully filed his declaratory action against Mr. Clinton and Marvin Gaye Jr. for the song Blurred Lines. Eric was recognized as Washington State's Plaintiffs Trial Lawyer of the Year by WDTLA, Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, he is a Super Lawyer and he is an instructor at the Trial Lawyers College. He served on the board for WSAJ, the Board for the Trial Lawyers College and is a past president of the Kitsap County Bar Association. Eric is a solo practitioner with an office in Port Orchard. Above all else, he is a dedicated father to two incredible kids, Olivia who is 12 and Ella who is 9.

Ken Fornabai

A past president of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, Mr. Fornabai's practice is limited to defending persons accused of alcohol-related offenses. He is a founding member of the National College for DUI Defense and is nationally recognized for DUI defense. Certified in administration of SFSTs, he has lectured at the University of Washington School of Law DUI Defense Certification Program, WFCJ annual Defending DUIs seminar since 1986, the Minnesota Society of Criminal Justice, the Nebraska Criminal Defense seminar, and the National College for DUI Defense held at Harvard Law School. He has been voted a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law and Politics annually since 2001 and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Jonathan Rands

Located in Bellingham Jonathan is among the first Washington State defense attorneys to handle Draeger cases in DOL and court settings. For years prior to its deployment, Jonathan has been researching and preparing for the Draeger's arrival. Jonathan educates himself to the highest level possible to help achieve the best results possible for his clients. Jonathan is NHTSA qualified to administer roadside sobriety tests, and is also ARIDE qualified. He is a graduate of AXION Training Institute/Analytical Laboratories in partnership with the American Chemical Society where he completed three separate 40 hour hands on training for Headspace Gas Chromatography, Solid Drug Analyses, and recently DUI-Drugs. Jonathan limits his practice to DUI, serious criminal traffic offenses, and other alcohol related crimes.

Vonda Sargent

Vonda M. Sargent has practiced in Washington since 1994. She opened her practice The Law Offices of Vonda M. Sargent, PLLC in 2005.

She earned her J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law in 1994. She clerked for Chief Justice Gerry Alexander of the Court of Appeals then of the Washington State Supreme Court, before entering private practice.

She served on the Young Lawyers Board of Trustees; presented a CLE during 2002 which was selected "The Best of the Best"; was appointed to the ABA's Tort Insurance Practice group where she is a member of the Ethics Committee. Vonda was also the President of the Wm. Dwyer's Inns of Court. She has presented at numerous CLE's in-state and around the country. Vonda has been selected by her peers as a Super Lawyer for the last three years.

She has been hired as a trial consultant on the matter of Florida v. Higgins where her client was accused of murder but was subsequently acquitted during a jury trial televised on Court TV. She is currently working on the Wingate v. Whitlatch an internationally known case involving a Seattle Police Officer's stop and arrest of an elderly African-American man. She is a 2007 graduate of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College and a proud F-Warrior and has enjoyed teaching Pre-Trial Advocacy at Seattle University School of Law.

Ms. Sargent's practice emphasizes personal injury and civil rights litigation.

Cross Examination


General Registration - $100

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $80