July 14-17, 2020: Trial Skills Institute (Irvine, California)

Our Trial Skills Institute is an intensive and interactive 3.5-day training that will provide the skills and expertise necessary to enable legal services attorneys to effectively represent domestic violence victims in complex, contested court proceedings.

The Trial Skills Institute will teach and enhance the litigation skills of attorneys who represent survivors of domestic violence in contested hearings and trials.  Working from a hypothetical fact pattern, participants will have the opportunity to perform closing arguments, direct and cross examinations, evidentiary foundations, and impeachment and memory refreshment exercises in a realistic trial setting.  Participants will receive immediate feedback and constructive critique from faculty throughout the course of the training.  Participants will also have the opportunity to improve other skills, including case strategizing, verbal and nonverbal communication techniques, thinking quickly on their feet, and overcoming objections and other special challenges in the courtroom.  On the final day of the Institute, participants will take part in a full bench trial, further refining their courtroom skills and presence.  As a result of participating in this Institute, attorneys will gain confidence and improve their abilities to effectively represent their clients in Order of Protection and other family law cases.   

This project was supported by Grants No. 2017-TA-AX-K020, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women