The National Trial Academy sponsored by the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) offers a unique, interactive, diverse program combining today’s latest technology with the country’s top trial lawyers as personal mentors. With a three student per faculty member ratio, each student will receive individualized and personal mentoring.
2019 National Trial Academy Leadership
Director, Philippa V. Ellis
Director-Elect, Joseph J. Ortego
Presiding Judge, Honorable Janet J. Berry
Presiding Judge, Honorable Lynn Simons
Here is What Past Attendees Had to Say About Trial Academy
DLA Piper LLP
"I learned so much from your academy, which I pulled from at a justice court trial last week. It would have been so much more difficult without having had that experience. Thank you!!"
Dyer-Lawrence Law Firm
Fred McClure and Chris Marks talk about the National Trial Academy
The TIPS Trial Academy will limit participation to just 36 students, approximately 18 each from the plaintiff and defense bars. Employing state of the art technology and instruction, including the use of a 21st Century Courtroom, the students will be exposed to a broad array of trial techniques and methodologies ranging from computer animation and litigation software technology to instruction on voir dire by nationally renowned jury consultants.
With a three student per faculty member ratio, students receive the most individualized mentoring available at any trial academy. Moreover, having faculty members and students who represent both sides of the trial bar, students will be critiqued from both perspectives and learn from each other on how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their arguments as well as schooling on professional and ethical conduct in a courtroom.
The National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, is where it all happens. The National Judicial College is where practicing judges from around the world come to be educated in all aspects of trial practice
- Offers a unique, interactive, diverse program combining today's latest technology with the Country's top trial lawyers as personal mentors
- Faculty includes expert defense lawyers, plaintiff lawyers, district judges, Supreme Court justices, jury consultants, professors
The students at the National Trial Academy will qualify for Continuing Legal Education credits in all states. Students who attend the Trial Academy will earn approximately forty (40) or fifty (50) hours of state accreditation depending on which state the student is licensed in, the cost of which is tax deductible.
The ABA directly applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for ABA programs in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, GU, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MS, MO, MP, MT, NH, NM, NJ, NV, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WI, and WV. These states sometimes do not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This course is expected to qualify for over 40 CLE credit hours including 1.5 ethics hours) in 60-minute states, and over 50 credit hours (including 1.8 ethics hours) in 50-minute states.
This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit ambar.org/tips or contact Janet Hummons at Janet.Hummons@americanbar.org
ATTENTION TIPS MEMBERS: Scholarships are available for this program. For programs with tuition costs over $500, qualifying attorneys will receive at least a 50% reduction in the course fee(s). To request an application or receive additional information, contact Jennifer Michel at 312.988.5463.
To ensure individual teaching and instruction, enrollment in the TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy is by application only. It is strongly recommended that any person who wishes to be considered for the 2019 TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy apply immediately. Please fill out the attached application and, along with a check payable to the American Bar Association, return it to Ms. Janet Hummons of the American Bar Association, Director of Meetings and Continuing Legal Education, TIPS, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654; telephone number (312) 988-5656.