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November 05, 2021

ABA Academy aimed at helping diverse lawyers achieve elusive first chair status

CHICAGO, Nov. 5, 2021 —The American Bar Association Litigation Section will present its inaugural Diverse Lawyers Trial Academy on Nov. 19-20 at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. The two-day intensive training is designed to help litigators who have been historically underrepresented in civil proceedings ascend to first chair roles.

A faculty of expert trial lawyers, in-house counsel, judges and trial consultants will conduct one-on-one and group trial skills development sessions — from direct and cross examination drills to closing argument workshops.  

Diverse Lawyers Trial Lawyers Academy
Sponsored by the ABA Litigation Section

Friday-Saturday, Nov.19-20

Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts

“Women lawyers, lawyers of color, lawyers with a disability, and LGBTQ lawyers across the country have been historically grossly underrepresented among lead trial lawyers,” said Beth Kaufman, chair of the Litigation Section, who is managing partner at Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Gerber LLP in New York. “If we can move the needle even a little bit for those groups, we will have made a difference.”

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Julie Brown at 312-988-6133 or [email protected]

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