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Superior Court Judicial Colloquy 2021
A conversation with the Bench

Even in this era of the vanishing trial, there will always be a need for trial lawyers. Once, young lawyers learned their craft by apprenticing for senior lawyers and trying smaller cases on their own. Today, however, trials have become rare and expensive propositions. Up-and-coming trial lawyers now need to find new and creative ways to acquire the knowledge and skill needed to be ready for trial. Get the benefits of hearing dozens of tips and anecdotes from experienced judges who have spent thousands of hours in the courtroom trying cases, no matter what your experience level!

Join our moderator, veteran trial attorney Jennifer Mikels, and learn what this panel of Superior Court Judges want practitioners to know about trial practice. The panel format allows the Judges to offer their insights on a variety of topics, while also hearing and responding to their colleagues. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain invaluable insight into the judicial perspective and be better prepared the next time you walk into Superior Court!
  • Themes and Theories of the Case
  • Opening Statements
  • Witness Preparation
  • Direct Examination
  • Cross Examination
  • Trial Evidence and Objections
  • How to Deal with S.O.B Lawyers (or Judges)
  • The Worst Mistakes You’ve Ever Seen Made at Trial
  • Closing Argument
  • Three-Judge Panel Trials in the Age of COVID-19
  • Pros, Cons, and Best Practices for Virtual Advocacy
  • Getting Younger/Less Experienced Members of the Bar Court Experience
  • Things You Wish You Had Known as a Practitioner/Things You Wish More Practitioners Did in Your Courtroom
  • “Ask the Experts” Q&A Session
Jennifer L. Mikels, Esq., Goulston & Storrs PC, Boston, Chair
Hon. Heidi E. Brieger, Chief Justice, Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hon. Rosemary Connolly, Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hon. Brian A. Davis, Superior Court, Business Litigation Session, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hon. Shannon Frison, Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hon. Michael D. Ricciuti, Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The materials for this program include MCLE’s practice handbook, Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy, which, along with any other materials, can be downloaded via the link emailed to you upon registration.
Also, there is no need to take extensive notes. Two weeks after the live seminar, all registrants will receive a link to a verbatim transcript of this program.
Dates Earn up to 3 CLE credits.
Live WebcastLIVE WEBCAST »
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
9:30 am–12:30 pm
Thursday, November 18, 2021
2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Tuition (includes written materials)
$175.50 MCLE Sponsor Members
$146.25 New Lawyers admitted to law practice after 2018,
Pending Admittees, Law Students, and Paralegals

To apply for a need-based scholarship, email
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