Advocate registration for the Trial Boot Camp is now closed. We are maintaining a waiting list and Advocate spots that become available will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Karen Maoki at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to add your name to the waiting list.
The National Employment Lawyers Association’s Trial Boot Camp is an intensive three-day skills-based program specifically designed for plaintiffs’ employment lawyers at all levels of trial experience. The Boot Camp will feature interactive demonstrations and presentations on successful techniques and strategies for trying employment cases, as well as mock proceedings designed to mimic the rigorous pace and schedule of trial. Topics covered will include opening statements, closing arguments, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, the rules of evidence, jury selection, and more.
Registering as a Trial Boot Camp Advocate will provide you the opportunity to refine your trial techniques and perfect your individual style by participating in skill building workshops and conducting two three-hour mock trials. This format will enable you to learn by doing, observe other lawyers practice their techniques, and receive constructive feedback. Advance preparation is required for Trial Boot Camp Advocates. If you register as a Trial Boot Camper, you will not participate actively in the workshops or conduct the mock trials, but you will learn by attending and observing the lectures and demonstrations, skill building workshops, mock trials, and critiques.
Both Advocates and Campers will be assigned to a Trial Team based on experience level. Each Trial Team will be led by the same Trial Team Leader over the course of the three-day Boot Camp. A common fact pattern based on an actual discrimination case will be used for the skill building workshops and mock trials. Participants will be provided with the case materials in advance of the Boot Camp and will begin working with their Trial Teams before arriving at the Boot Camp to maximize the learning experience. Registered Trial Boot Camp Advocates will receive information to access the online Trial Case Packet no later than September 8, 2017; contact information for Team Leaders and Trial Team members will be provided no later than September 15, 2017.
The Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North is the host hotel for the Trial Boot Camp. The hotel is located at 350 West Mart Center Drive in Chicago, Illinois. A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North at the rate of $233.00 for single or double occupancy (plus applicable state and local taxes). To make hotel reservations, call the Holiday Inn at (312) 836-5000 or (855) 268-0372 between 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Central). To ensure that you receive the group rate, identify yourself as part of the “National Employment Lawyers Association” room block. A credit card or deposit equal to one night’s stay is necessary to guarantee hotel reservations. Registrants are responsible for their hotel reservations. Reservations must be made no later than 5:00 p.m. (Central) on October 3, 2017, in order to receive the group rate. Cancellations must be received by the hotel 72 hours prior to your arrival date. The group rate will be honored three days prior to and after the program dates based on availability.
Cancellations for the Trial Boot Camp must be submitted in writing to NELA. Registrants who cancel in writing on or before September 29, 2017 will receive a refund minus a $50 administrative charge. Those who cancel after this date and no-show registrants will not receive a refund, but will have access to the online Trial Boot Camp Manual.