Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM MDT
Friday, April 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM MDT

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1190 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

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Josh Brown, CDLA At-Large Director & 2018 Trial Academy Chair 
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association 

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. 

APRIL 18-20, 2018
in this invaluable trial skills clinic

CDLA Members Only

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

$700 Per Participant for 2.5 day practicum including breakfast, lunch, and a closing happy hour.

A Three-Day Investment Providing Invaluable
Benefits to Your Associates

Opportunities for young attorneys to gain trial experience are becoming exceedingly rare.  Yet, our clients and carriers expect an experienced team when their cases proceed to trial.  The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy offers a trial advocacy program of exceptional quality, at a very reasonable cost, in a convenient 2.5 day 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 day and a half is devoted to subject matter lectures by some of Colorado’s most experienced trial attorneys and jurists on core trial skills, with these teachings reinforced and supported through 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 for each Plaintiff and the Defendant. Advocacy skills will be honed through use of facts and exhibits that are helpful and harmful to each party.  This year’s problem involves a case in which injuries were sustained by participants in a recreational dog sledding operation. The sled tipped when rounding a corner ejecting them into the trees surrounding the trail. The participants had signed a liability waiver; however, the dog sledding operation had experienced previous accidents on this part of the trail and the musher was relatively inexperienced. The problem will also afford participants practice in examining standard of care and accident reconstructionist experts. The trials will be presided over by retired judges from JAG and JAMS, and decided by a panel of mock jurors. A moderated debriefing will occur between participants and the mock jurors following the verdict. 

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. 


Here is what last year’s Trial Academy attendees had to say: 

“I felt fortunate to be mentored by such accomplished lawyers in
such a friendly atmosphere.”

“It gave me the belief I could do this in real life. The timing was perfect.
I just had my first solo trial yesterday and there is no doubt this academy
had me prepared and ready to do the job.” 


“I thought the mock trial was an extremely effective learning experience, and really appreciated having both lay people and professionals critique our performance.” 


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