Women in Trial Training

The Bar Association of San Francisco invites you to attend

As of 11/19/2020, this event has been Rescheduled to February 18-19, 2021.

Women in Trial Training

Shatter the glass ceiling in the courtroom
Two-Day Intensive Trial Advocacy Training for Women

December 4-5, 2020

Back by popular demand, Women in Trial returns for another year. Join us in improving the diversity of trial lawyers in our courtrooms. If you want to improve your trial skills or have never tried a case and want to learn how to try a case, take this program. Learn from our seasoned trial lawyers and get into court through our BASF and JDC pro bono programs.

• Develop trial skills in an experiential learning environment
• Learn from trial masters and judges about effective presentation skills
• Practice opening statements, closing arguments, direct and cross examinations
• Receive coaching and critiques to enhance your performance
• Experience your immediate improvement in two days

Doris Cheng
Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger

TEACHING FACULTY will include Master Trial Lawyers and active Judges

JDC's pro bono programs need energetic and skilled advocates to assist with cases related to family law, child custody, spousal support, eviction defense, debt collection, prisoner rights, and other matters. You will be eligible for assignment for a pro bono case through the 2019 Women in Trial initiative. More information on pro bono opportunities will be provided at the training.

Friday, December 4, 2020
8:00 - 9:00 MCLE Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 Opening Remarks and Introductions
9:30 - 10:15 Lecture/Demonstration: Opening Statement
10:30 - 11:00 Lecture/Demonstration: Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication Skills
11:00 - 12:00 Workshop #1: Brainstorming - Setting up the Case for Success.
12:00 - 1:30 Working Lunch: Lecture/Demonstration: Direct & Cross Examinations
1:30 - 2:45 Workshop #2: Opening Statement - Video Review
3:00 - 4:30 Workshop #3: Direct Examination - Video Review
4:30 - 5:15 Lecture/Demonstration: Closing Argument
5:15 - 5:30 Wrap up and Reflections
Reception to follow.

Saturday, December 5, 2020
8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 Meet together for a huddle; Brief discussion about the goals for the day.
9:00 - 10:30 Workshop #4: Cross Examination - Video Review
10:45 - 12:00 Workshop #5: Moving in Exhibits into Evidence on Direct & Cross Examinations
12:00 - 1:30 Working Lunch - Discussion about jury selection; Civility matters: Tips from judges and trial lawyers about conduct in the courtroom (1 hour Ethics Credit).
1:30 - 3:00 Workshop #6: Using Exhibits on Direct & Cross Examinations - Video Review
3:30 - 5:00 Workshop #7: Closing Arguments

For more information and registration, please email cle@sfbar.org.

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MCLE Credits - 15 hours of which 1 hour is in Legal Ethics


MCLE Registration: 8:00 -9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


BASF Member


Group of Eight


For Group registrations, please contact cle@sfbar.org
12/4/2020 9:00 AM - 12/5/2020 5:00 PM
Online Only San Francisco, CA
Online registration not available.

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