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

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DoubleTree DTC 
7801 E Orchard Rd
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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Ellis Mayer, Esq., 2019 Trial Academy Chair 
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association 

Join us Thursday through Saturday, February 21-23, 2019 for
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association


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

CDLA Members Only Please 

$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

As you know, we learn by doing!  Unfortunately, the trial experience necessary to please clients and carriers is difficult to come by.  That is why 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 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 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 the attendees’ trial of a premises liability case. 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.  This year’s problem will also afford participants practice in direct and cross examination of lay witnesses, along with standard of care and accident reconstructionist experts. The trials will be overseen by real judges, and decided by a panel of mock jurors. A moderated debriefing will occur between participants and the mock jurors following the verdict. 

Lecturers currently include June Laird of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, Jane Lucero of Harris, Karstaedt, Jamison & Powers, Ellis Mayer of Nathan Dumm & Mayer, Tom Rice of Senter, Golfarb & Rice, Jon Sands of Sweetbaum Sands, Teri Vasquez of Bayer & Carey, and Jason Young of  Pearl Schneider Young.

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!