Federal Bar offering three sessions on 'Trial Advocacy & Mentoring'

The Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is pleased to announce its "Trial Advocacy & Mentoring Program," designed specifically with "newer" lawyers in mind but open to any attorney seeking hands-on experience in fundamental litigation skills, working in tandem with judges and seasoned attorneys who will offer valuable guidance on direct and cross examination, opening statements and closing arguments.

The 2014 Mentoring Program will focus on a civil case trial from openings through the presentation of witness testimony and concluding with final arguments. An introductory session will be followed by two full-day sessions led by U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith and federal judges from the Eastern District and held at the Theodore Levin Courthouse as follows:

* Introductory Session, Thursday, March 27, 5 to 7 p.m.

* Break-Out/Hands-On Session, Monday, March 31, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* Break-Out/Hands-On Session, Tuesday, April 1, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with reception immediately following.

At the Introductory Session, newer lawyers will be grouped into teams and assigned to a team leader. The case will be introduced and a discussion presented on various aspects of trial practice in the federal courts. Each participant will be required to meet with their team leader and will be responsible for preparing and presenting/conducting opening and closing statements and direct and cross examinations in front of one of the federal judges. Participants will receive individual feedback from the team leaders and judges.

The enrollment fee is $225 per person. Space is limited. To register online, visit ww.fbamich.org. For questions, call Brian Figot, at 248-594-5950 or send an email to fbamich@fbamich.org.

Published: Wed, Feb 26, 2014