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Young Lawyers Section: If You Want to try Cases in Nevada, You Want to be a Part of the Trial Academy

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30 Nevada Lawyer May 2014
IF YOU WANT TO TRY CASES IN NEVADA, YOU WANT
TO BE PART OF THE TRIAL ACADEMY
Young Lawyers
STATE BAR OF NEVADA Nevada Lawyer Magazine
H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H
BY KENDELEE WORKS, ESQ., YOUNG LAWYERS CHAIR
“The Trial Academy is designed to guide participants
through each phase of trial, so participants are
best served by attending each session.”
Why? Because the Trial Academy provides an
unmatched hands-on approach to learning about the art
of trial practice from some of the fnest justices, judges
and trial attorneys from throughout Nevada. At the
upcoming 2014 State Bar of Nevada Annual Meeting
in Newport Beach, California, the Young Lawyers
Section will host its Fifth Annual Trial Academy from
July 10 to July 12.
Over the course of the three-day interactive
program, participants will receive group session
instruction on themes and theories, voir dire,
opening statements, direct and cross-examination,
jury instructions and closing arguments. After each
general instruction session, participants will be
divided into smaller break-out groups to present
mock-voir dire, openings, witness examinations
and closing arguments. Throughout each mock
presentation, instructors will provide participants with
individual mentoring and feedback.
Each year, elite practitioners and many of the
fnest members of the judiciary from around the state
volunteer to share their time and wisdom with lawyers
(both young and not-so-young) interested in honing
their trial skills. Past participants attest that this is a rare
opportunity to get feedback, in a very small and intimate
setting, directly from the same judges that may someday
decide their cases (the mock presentations are based on
hypotheticals, which are distributed in advance of the
academy, not on real cases). Participants will receive
valuable practice tips from trial attorneys that are among
the best of the best.
In addition to scholarship and meeting judges and
experienced litigators, participants get to network within a
feld of their peers, all of whom share a common goal and
face similar challenges in their practices. For those of you
who have not yet attended an annual meeting, the Trial
Academy is an excellent way to interact with your peers,
create business development connections and even fnd
some downtime to relax in a beautiful setting.
The State Bar of Nevada offers a reduced registration
fee for Trial Academy participants, and sponsorship
opportunities that include program recognition and
participant registrations. However, we kindly ask those
signing up for the Trial Academy to plan on participating
for all three days. Our small break-out groups are pre-
determined based on pre-registration numbers. Instructors
and case assignments (plaintiff v. defendant/state v.
defense) are created using those same numbers. As a
result, when participants skip out on break-out sessions,
other attendees are inconvenienced. The Trial Academy is
designed to guide participants through each phase of trial,
so participants are best served by attending each session.
For additional information regarding program
specifcs, registration or sponsorship opportunities, please
feel free to contact me at kworks@egletwall.com, or Trial
Academy chairpersons Maggie Lambrose (mlambrose@
lambrosebrown.com) or Karl Riley (kriley@swlaw.
com). We are looking forward to another successful Trial
Academy and thank our instructors in advance for their
time and commitment along with the State Bar of Nevada
for its immeasurable support.

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