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CLE: MCBA Trial Skills Institute


When: Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Arizona Summit School of Law
One North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona  85004
United States
Bree Boehlke

Phone: 602.682.8588

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Sponsored by the Litigation Section

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This CLE is sponsored by the Kenrich Group LLC


The MCBA Trial Skills Institute provides litigators with the chance to get real world trial experience and feedback in an intensive, single-day CLE. This year’s Trial Skills Institute on Saturday, September 27, 2014 will have participants receive classroom instruction and then try an employment discrimination case from a prepared case study. Participants will make opening statements, conduct and defend direct and cross examinations of the Plaintiff and the Defendant’s manager, and give closing arguments. Faculty including judges of the Superior Court of Arizona will preside over each mock trial and provide one-on-one feedback to each attorney.


Attorneys will be provided the case study materials in advance of the Trial Skills Institute if they would like to prepare their case in advance, but the program is designed to permit preparation on the same day of mock trials. The Institute will begin with a panel discussion on trial preparation skills, followed by separate workshops for the attorneys who will represent each side of the mock trial. The workshops, guided by experienced Arizona trial lawyers, will permit participants the opportunity to prepare or fine-tune their case. Attorneys will also have an opportunity to meet with their "client” witness to prepare for the direct examination.


Lunch is provided and will include a panel discussion on "Common Ethical Pitfalls During Trial.” After lunch, participants will try their cases before the Institute’s faculty members, and receive feedback on their performance. Each mock trial is limited to one hour, giving each side 30 minutes to present its case. Timekeepers will help each attorney keep track of how many minutes are remaining. The case materials that will be provided to each attorney include a few pages of deposition testimony for each witness, and exhibits such as a performance evaluation and a notice of termination.


The Institute is open to any active Arizona attorney, of any level of experience. The Institute is likely of most value to inexperienced trial attorneys, and practice group leaders looking to train associates in an affordable manner.  In making the pairings for the trials, every effort will be made to try to match attorneys with similarly experienced attorneys. In order to ensure one-on-one feedback, the program is limited to twenty-four participants, so space is limited.


7 hrs CLE credit including 1 hr Ethics. Lunch provided.

Reception sponsored by Kenrich Group LLC following program at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails




Honorable Mark Aceto
Honorable David Gass
Honorable William Brotherton
Honorable Brian Rees
Honorable Douglas Gerlach
Alicia Funkhouser, Ely Bettini Ulman & Rosenblatt
Andrew B. Turk, Polsinelli, PC
Scott Gibson, Davis Miles McGuire Gardner. PLLC
Julie LaFave, Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC
Gary Lento, Esq.


MCBA Trial Skills Institute CLE Cost:

$280                   MCBA members
​$385                   Non-Members

​Payment in full must be received before you are considered registered.

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