After a successful first year in 2010 the Young Lawyers Section will
once again be sponsoring the Trial Academy in 2011. The New York State
Bar Association Trial Academy is a 5-day trial techniques program that
will teach, advance and improve the courtroom skills of young and new
lawyers with an emphasis on direct participation.
How it Works
The program will take place at Cornell Law
School. The materials for the program will include both a criminal
and civil fact pattern which will be provided to attendees at least one
month before the program’s start date. Each morning of the Trial
Academy will feature a lecture on the following aspects of the trial
process: Jury Selection, Opening Statements, Evidence, Foundations and
Objections, Direct Examinations, Cross-Examinations, Trial Motions and
Motions in Limine, and Closing Arguments. Each afternoon the lecture
group will separate into small break-out groups. Prior to the start of
the program each attendee will receive materials that will include which
"problem" or "witness" they are to prepare for each day’s
break-out group. You will work with this group and your Team Leader
throughout the entire Trial Academy. The break-out groups will allow you
and your peers to put the theory of the lecture into practice with the
feedback of your Team Leader and the rotating critique faculty. Your
presentations will be recorded to allow for personal playback and
review. The Trial Academy will conclude with a graduation
Registration and Fees
NYSBA Members: $750.00
Non-NYSBA Members: $900.00
Intitial Deposit for both Members and
The Trial Academy is limited to 60 participants. To
secure your spot in the Trial Academy a non-refundable deposit of $100
may be paid until March 1, 2011. The balance of the fee will be due
March 11, 2011 or you will lose your space in the Trial Academy.
Registrations paid in full, dependent on space available, will be
accepted until March 18, 2011.
The registration fee includes all materials
including books and flashdrive, continental breakfast each morning, the
graduation luncheon as well as the NYSBA sponsored luncheons, and the
welcoming cocktail reception.
The New York State Bar Association’s Meetings
Department has been certified by the NYS Continuing Legal Education
Board as an accredited provider of continuing legal education in the
State of New York. Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has
been approved for a total of up to 37.5 MCLE credit hours in PRACTICAL
SKILLS. This program is transitional and therefore suitable for
newly admitted attorneys.
Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities: NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please
contact Kathy Heider at 800-582-2452 or email@example.com.
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