Trial Skills College 2019

February 8–9, 2019

OCDLA Office, Eugene

Trial Skills College 2019

February 8–9, 2019

OCDLA Office, Eugene
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Registration Information

• Pay just $325 ($25 savings) until December 14.
• After December 14 — $350 ($400 after January 25).
• Registration includes two full days of training and includes bagels and coffee each morning, protein snacks during the breaks, and a lunch each day.

The Trial Skills College is full. Call 541-686-8716 to be put on the waitlist.

LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS. To ensure geographic and human diversity only two people from the same office may register.

OPEN TO OCDLA MEMBERS — if we do not fill the 20 spaces with OCDLA members we will open the college to nonmembers.

The Trial Skills College takes place at the OCDLA office, 101 East 14th Avenue, Eugene.

An intensive two-day training limited to 20 participants focusing on voir dire, opening statements, cross-examination and closing argument.

The program trains trial lawyers in the learn-by-doing approach in a controlled non-threatening environment. The training will significantly advance your skills and confidence as a trial lawyer, no matter your experience level.

Using a prepared case students receive in advance, the program will include lectures, demonstrations, and small group exercises that will include actual voir dire, cross-examination and closing argument. Participants also play the parts of witnesses and jurors, further adding to the real-life feel of the trial experience. The exercises are videotaped and then individually critiqued by an instructor during private meetings with participants.

Faculty / Instructors
Keith Belzer, La Crosse, WI (special guest)
Russell Barnett, Portland
Joshua Cohen, Fat Pencils Studio, Portland
Jeni Feinberg, Medford
Laura Fine, Eugene
Reid Kajikawa, Bend
Ros Lee, Eugene
Gordon Mallon, Lake Oswego
Bob Moon, Baker City
Justin Rosas, Medford
Kasia Rutledge, Portland
Steven Sherlag, Portland
Martha Spinhirne, Portland

Program and speakers subject to change. 

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel by January 25 you will receive a refund minus a $100 cancellation fee. After January 25 there are no refunds.

We have a small block of rooms ($129 ppdo, includes parking and internet) set aside at the Hotel Eugene (which was called the Eugene Hilton), which is about eight blocks away from the OCDLA office. Reserve your rooms online by January 15 using this link. If you have trouble booking online call 541-342-2000 or contact Allie Neal at the Hotel Eugene, After January 15 rooms may not be available at our rate. Any reservation canceled within 7 days of arrival will be charged one night’s room and tax.



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Moderated by Laura Fine, Eugene

Friday, February 8
7:30 a.m. | Registration, Bagels and Coffee
8:00 | Welcome and Introductions
Speaker: Laura Fine, Eugene
8:15 | Lecture: Case Overview; Theme & Theory Development and What an Actor Knows
Shaun McCrea, OCDLA Executive Director
9:30 |  Lecture: Closing Argument
Speaker: Kasia Rutledge, Portland

10:15 | Break / Case Consultations — Individual consultations with instructors on closing argument (or any aspect of a skill or a case you are working on) to help prepare for closing argument workshop.
10:45 | Small Group Workshop on Closing Argument
12:15 | Lunch (included)
12:45 | Demo: Closing Argument
Speaker: Steven Sherlag, Portland

1:00 | Lecture: Cross-Examination
Speaker: Justin Rosas, Medford

1:45 | Instructors Demonstrate the Cross/Direct Drill & Pen Drill
Direct & Pen Drill — Ros Lee and Bob Moon
Pen Drill — Demonstrator TBA

2:00 | Break

2:05 | Cross-Examination Workshop in Small Groups
• Cross/Direct Drill
• Pen Drill Exercise

2:50 | Break
3:05 | Demo: Cross-Examination, Including Controlling a Difficult Witness

Speaker: Russell Barnett, Portland, with TBA as the cop
3:50 | Demo and Lecture: Opening Statement
Speakers: Jeni Feinberg, Medford (Demo) and Bob Moon, Baker City (Lecture)

4:20 | Adjourn for the day.

4:25 | Hotel Eugene shuttle returns participants to hotel.
Saturday, February 9
8:00 a.m. | Registration, bagels and coffee
8:30 | Small Group Workshop on Cross-Examination
10:00 | Break
10:05 | Lecture: Demonstrative Evidence
Speaker: Joshua Cohen, Fat Pencil Studio, Portland

11:05 | Lecture & Demo: Voir Dire
Speaker: Ros Lee, Eugene

11:35 | Break

11:55 | Lunch (included)
12:25 | We’re All in the Same Boat — Dealing with the stress and anxiety of preparing for and going to trial
Speakers: Trial Skills College instructors

12:40 p.m. | Break
12:45 | Small Group Workshop on Voir Dire
2:45 | Break
3:00 | Small Groups — Closing Argument Demos: The Students
3:45 | Break
3:50 |  Closing Remarks: Integration of Theme & Theory into Each Aspect of Trial        
Shaun McCrea, OCDLA Executive Director
4:35 | Adjourn

4:40 | Hotel Eugene shuttle returns participants to hotel.

Program subject to change.




The Trial Skills College takes place at the OCDLA office, 101 East 14th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401.
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