Trial Advocacy Workshop 2019

Initiation rite for rising and determined trial lawyers

  • Product Number: 2190260P01
  • CLE Credits, earn up to:
    40 substantive credits, 1 ethics credits CLE Credit Note
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    Five intense days of personalized and comprehensive training provide you with fundamental courtroom skills from several venerable judges and experienced practitioners. This intense, rigorous, and challenging Workshop—and, as many of the state’s best trial lawyers attest—is vital for eager trial attorneys entering the practice and for those who want to brush up on their trial skills.

    Spend the week “on your feet,” arguing, questioning, and developing your skills in a mock trial setting. From opening statements to closing arguments, direct and cross examinations, expert witnesses and eyewitnesses, you improve your trial techniques under the close scrutiny of trial judges and leading attorneys. Most of your trial performance is videotaped, so you can watch yourself in action throughout the day and receive constructive feedback from multiple faculty members, including judges.

    The tips, videos, demonstrations, lectures, and group discussions throughout the Workshop culminate with a full jury trial on the final day. After your performance, you watch a live jury deliberation via closed-circuit TV before the verdict is delivered. This Workshop is your chance to hear what the mock jury thought of your skills, arguments, and courtroom demeanor. Supportive critique continues even after the trial as the presiding judge gives you unique, personalized feedback on your effectiveness. You emerge with well-honed trial skills and the ability to face your first—or next—jury trial with confidence.

    This Workshop features over two dozen distinguished trial court judges, expert litigators, and several experienced lawyers who share their deep knowledge of trial practice, along with their practical and encouraging critique, as your personal mentors throughout the week. Networking opportunities continue at the closing reception, with both students and faculty attending. You leave this Workshop with a sense of accomplishment along with greater confidence in your new-found trial practice skills.

    You’re encouraged to bring one or two volunteer “jurors” with you to MCLE on the final day of the Workshop—it’s a fun learning experience for them as well! Jurors need not be lawyers or law students and no advance preparation is necessary.

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    MCLE webcasts are delivered completely online, underscoring their convenience and appeal. There are no published print materials. All written materials are available electronically only. They are posted 24 hours prior to the program and can be accessed, downloaded, or printed from your computer.

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    Hon. Heidi E. Brieger, Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Hon. Paul A. Chernoff, Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Ret.), Boston


    Crispin Birnbaum, Esq., CB Consultants, Watertown
    Clarence H. Brown, Esq., Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Woburn
    Robert L. Burke, Esq.,
    Jeffrey N. Catalano, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
    Hon. Cynthia J. Cohen, Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Ret.), Cambridge
    Joanne M. Daley, Esq., Federal Public Defender Office, Providence
    Elizabeth A. Dunigan, Esq., Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Woburn
    Richard M. Goldstein, Esq., Richard Goldstein, Esq., Boston
    A. Bernard Guekguezian, Esq., Adler, Cohen, Harvey, Wakeman & Guekguezian LLP, Portsmouth
    Hon. Catherine H. Ham, Boston Municipal Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Mary M. Logalbo, Esq., MBTA Legal Department, Boston
    Stephen V. Loughlin, Esq., Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Woburn
    Jay Lynch, III, Esq., Lynch & Lynch, PC, South Easton
    Christine M. Martin, Esq., MBTA Legal Department, Boston
    Patrick J. Richard, Esq., Lowell
    Dr. Leslie Shaff, Esq., Attorney and Anesthesiologist, Newton
    Hon. William F. Sullivan, Suffolk Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Marisa Tagliareni, Esq., Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Woburn