When

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM MST
-to-
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM MST

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Where

DoubleTree DTC 
7801 E Orchard Rd
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
 

 
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Contact

Ellis Mayer, Esq., 2019 Trial Academy Chair 
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association 
303-263-6466 
 

Refund and cancellation policy: A registrant for a CDLA event will be entitled to receive a refund in the amount of 50% of the registration fee if the request is received more than 14 days prior to the scheduled date of the event. Thereafter, no refunds will be provided, but the registrant may substitute another person to participate in the event. 

CDLA TRIAL ACADEMY 
Nominate your Lawyers to Participate in the

Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Annual Trial Academy

February 21-23, 2019

Practicum organized by

Ellis Mayer, Esq. Nathan Dumm & Mayer PC

SIGN UP NOW AS ONLY LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE

CLE CREDIT
Approximately 20 hours, to include at least 1 Ethics credit.  

Cost
$700 Per Participant for a 3 day practicum including breakfast, lunch, and a closing day happy hour.

A Three-Day (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) Investment Providing Invaluable
Benefits

A three-day workshop aimed at developing trial practice skills through a combination of lecture, practicum exercises, and a mock trial. The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy offers this trial advocacy program of exceptional quality, at a very reasonable cost, in a convenient 2 work day and one Saturday trial format held locally in Denver. 

This intensive program blends small group faculty (3:1 student to mentor) instruction and demonstration with individual student implementation drills. The first two days is devoted to on point lectures by some of CDLA’s most experienced trial attorneys, followed by mentored practicum exercises. This practicum format has proven successful in development of trial presentation skills in a relatively short period of time. 

The third and final day of Trial Academy consists of a one day trial. Trial Academy attendees will be divided into three trial teams, Plaintiff and Defendant. Advocacy skills will be honed through use of facts and exhibits that are helpful and harmful to each party.  Each team will divide up tasks among the following: jury voir dire; opening statement; plaintiff direct/cross; plaintiff expert direct/cross; defendant direct/cross; defendant expert direct/cross; and closing argument. Each trial will be overseen by one of the following:  The Honorable Ross Buchanan, the Honorable Laura Tigh, or the Honorable James Miller.  Trials will be decided by a panel of mock jurors. A moderated debriefing will occur between participants and the mock jurors following the verdict. 

The practicum exercises and trial will be based on a premises liability claim derived from an actual case, in which the Plaintiffs received injuries from a dog sledding accident.  The Plaintiffs claim, among other things, that the Defendant recreational business failed to properly operate the sled and failed to properly train its employees, while Defendant denies negligence and asserts an assumption of the risk and waiver releasing all claims.  Both sides have accident reconstruction and standard of care experts, and one party who will be testifying. 

List of Faculty Currently Committed:

Kurt Henkel of Tucker Holmes

June Laird of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter

Natalie Lien of Stuart Jorgensen & Associates

Dylan Lewis of American Family Insurance

Jane Lucero of Harris, Karstaedt, Jamison & Powers

Ellis Mayer of Nathan Dumm & Mayer

Tiffaney Norton of Senter, Golfarb & Rice

Tom Rice of Senter, Golfarb & Rice

Gregg Rich of Coombe Curry Rich & Jarvis

Jon Sands of Sweetbaum Sands

Leslie Schluter, of Dagner Schluter Mitzner Werber

Ben Tracy of Overturf McGath & Hull

Teri Vasquez of Bayer & Carey

David Werber, of Dagner Schluter Mitzner Werber

Bernard Woessner of Nathan Dumm & Mayer

Jason Young of Pearl Schneider Young

List of Judges committed:

Honorable Ross Buchanan, Denver District Court

Honorable James Miller, former Douglas County Judge, Mediator at JAMS

Honorable Laura Tighe, Jefferson County District Court

Course materials: Course materials will consist of handouts from each of the speakers and a case file for the the subject matter for the trial. Case file will include: a Trial Management Order; accident reconstruction reports, standard of care reports, expert curriculum vitae, depositions of testifying parties, trial exhibits, jury instructions and special verdict forms. Course materials will be distributed to students at least two weeks before the program commences.

CLE Credit: Approximately 20 hours, to include at least 1 Ethics credit.  

Cost: $700 per participant.  Space will be reserved once payment is received by CDLA.  Tuition includes breakfast, lunch, and a closing happy hour on Saturday. 

Space is limited to 18 participants.
Register now as these spaces will fill up quickly!

If you have any questions please call Ellis at 303-951-6636. 

Register Now!

Refund and cancellation policy: A registrant for a CDLA event will be entitled to receive a refund in the amount of 50% of the registration fee if the request is received more than 14 days prior to the scheduled date of the event. Thereafter, no refunds will be provided, but the registrant may substitute another person to participate in the event.