Trial Skills College 2018

February 9–10, 2018

OCDLA Office, Eugene
Click here for the EVALUATION LINK.


The Trial Skills College is full.
Please call OCDLA, 541-686-8716, to be put on the wait list.

• Pay just $325 ($25 savings) until December 14.
• After December 14 — $350 ($400 after January 26).
• Registration includes two full days of training and includes bagels and coffee each morning, protein snacks during the breaks, and a box lunch each day.

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 in 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.

Keith Belzer, La Crosse, WI (special guest)
Robert Axford
Russell Barnett
Josh Cohen
Jeni Feinberg
Laura Fine
Conor Huseby
Ros Lee
Bob Moon
Rob Rashio
Kasia Rutledge
David Terry
Ernie Warren

Program and speakers subject to change. 

CANCELLATION POLICY — If you cancel by January 26 you will receive a refund minus a $100 cancellation fee. After January 26 there are no refunds.

LODGING — We have a small block of rooms ($125 ppdo, includes parking and internet) set aside at the Eugene Hilton, which is about eight blocks away from the OCDLA office. Call the Eugene Hilton at 1-800-937-6660 by January 16. After January 16 rooms may not be available at our rate.



Click here for the EVALUATION LINK.

Moderated by Martha Spinhirne, Metropolitan Public Defender, Portland

Friday, February 9
7:30 a.m. | Registration, Bagels and Coffee
8:00 | Welcome and Introductions
Martha Spinhirne, Metropolitan Public Defender, Portland
8:15 | Lecture: Case Overview; Theme & Theory Development and What an Actor Knows
Keith Belzer, La Crosse, Wisconsin
9:30 |  Lecture: Closing Argument
Conor Huseby, Federal Public Defenders Office, Portland
10:15 | Break - Faculty available for student consultation on closing argument or any aspect of a skill they are working on.
10:45 | Small Group Workshop on Closing Argument
12:45 | Lunch (included)
1:45 | Demo: Closing Argument
Conor Huseby, Federal Public Defender, Portland
2:00 | Lecture: Cross-Examination
Ernest Warren, Portland

2:45 | Cross-Examination Workshop in Small Groups, using as appropriate:
• Cross/Direct Drill
• Pen Drill Demo & Exercise

3:45 | Taming the Lion Panel
Presenters TBA

4:00 | Break

4:15 | Demo: Cross-Examination
Ernest Warren, Portland
4:30 | Demo and Lecture: Opening Statement
Jeni Feinberg, Medford
5:00 | Adjourn for the day.
Saturday, February 10
8:00 a.m. | Registration, bagels and coffee
8:30 | Small Group Workshop on Cross-Examination
10:30 | Break
10:45 | Lecture: Demonstrative Evidence
Josh Cohen, Fat Pencil Design, Portland and Shaun McCrea, OCDLA Executive Director, Eugene
11:30 | Lecture & Demo: Jury Selection
Kasia Rutledge, Portland
12:00 | Lunch (included)
1:00 | We’re All in the Same Boat — Dealing with the stress and anxiety of preparing for and going to trial
Trial Skills Faculty
1:15 | Small Group Workshop on Voir Dire
2:45 | Break
2:50 | Small Groups — Closing Argument Demos: The Students
3:20 | Break
3:30 |  Closing Remarks: Integration of Theme & Theory into Each Aspect of Trial        
Keith Belzer, La Crosse, WI
4:30 | Adjourn


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