CLE Like You’ve Never Seen

In line with its mission to create cutting-edge content for lawyers, Doug Passon Law now offers a select series of highly entertaining, informative, and inspiring on-demand CLE programs.

Inside The Staircase: Lessons from the Michael Peterson Murder Trial


Inside The Staircase: Lessons from the Michael Peterson Murder Trial

A 3-Episode Video CLE Series like you've never seen!

He said she fell. The state said it was murder. It became The Staircase.

On December 9, 2001, Michael Peterson, veteran and author, living in North Carolina with his wife Kathleen, called emergency responders to assist with his wife whom he found at the bottom of the stairs in their home. What would ensue would be played out across the national and international media - secret lives, million dollar insurance policies, and one of the longest trials in North Carolina history.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Jean-Xavier de L’Estrade chronicled the prosecution of Michael Peterson as it was unfolding . The filmmakers gained unprecedented access to Peterson, his legal team, his family, and the state as they investigated and tried the case. The result is the first and best true crime documentary series, “The Staircase” (currently streaming on Netflix).

Using clips from the film, including never-before-seen footage, lead counsel David Rudolf appears in this illuminating 3-hour series with an all-star panel of guests to tackle some of the most important and areas of the law that any criminal practitioner will encounter, including cross-exam of experts, junk science, other acts evidence and ethics.

DATE: Available now, for a limited time

DURATION: Approx. 3 hours

CLE: This training may be eligible for self-study CLE credit, where authorized. The program is currently eligible for credit in the following states: Alaska (3.0), Arizona (3.0), California (3.0), Colorado (4.0), Connecticut (3.0), Illinois (3.0), Missouri (3.0), New Hampshire (3.0), New Mexico (3.0), New York (3.5), North Dakota (3.0), Pennsylvania (3.0), Vermont (3.0), Virgin Islands (3.5).


Even though this seminar wasn’t within my area of practice, it was great to hear such nationally recognized experts speak on such compelling subject matter.

M. G., Estate Planning Atty

One of the Best CLEs I’ve attended – informative, entertaining, and very well planned.

S.R., Landlord/Tenant Atty.



Seeing is Believing

In this free CLE, learn how to use visual, emotional-based storytelling at the sentencing and penalty phase.

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I had heard about Passon's work for years. It was great to get the chance to see it for myself. Good combination of inspiration and nuts/bolts information!

A.G., Criminal Attorney

By far the best and most effective presentation. More video, please!

C.N., Criminal Attorney

I'm preparing my first sentencing memo since I heard you speak. I'm so proud of myself for scanning and inserting old photos and articles into my sentencing memo. You have literally changed the way I now think about sentencing!

J.H., Criminal Attorney

I attended your seeing is believing training and absolutely loved it. I am trying to incorporate more visuals in my work. Do you have any more similar upcoming trainings?

C.G., Asst. Federal Defender

I’ve had success Implementing your methods mostly with county deviation requests and working towards charge turndowns.

I’m a Doug Passon fan!

M.A., Criminal Attorney