Trial Boot Camp

Thursday, October 27

7:00-7:50 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
Linda M. Correia, NELA President & Ashley Westby, Program Manager
8:15-9:30 a.m.Making the Most of Voir Dire
Speakers: Dennis E. Egan & R. Scott Oswald
Choosing the right jury for an employment trial is one of the most vital decisions a plaintiffs attorney can make. Our expert trial lawyers will discuss how to use practical tools to prepare for and conduct >em>voir dire, ultimately selecting the right jury for your case.
10:00-11:15 a.m.Carrying Your Case Theme From Opening to Closing
Speakers: Lucas J. Kaster, Lauren A. Khouri & Kelly Mulloy-Myers
Case themes set the tone for a trial and allow jurors to understand your case in a simple and clear way, even when the facts and testimony are complex. Join our experts to learn how to create a powerful case theme and carry it through every part of the trial from opening to closing and everything in between.
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.Workshop
12:15–1:00 p.m. Box Lunch Pickup
1:00–1:45 p.m. Workshop
2:00–3:15 p.m. Show & Tell: Compelling Use of Visuals & Demonstratives
Speakers: Bernard Alexander & Elizabeth “BB” Sanford
A persuasive trial attorney can paint a picture for the jury, allowing them to fully understand the harm a worker experienced. Often, visuals and demonstratives can be a key element of painting that picture. Our panel of seasoned litigators will teach you when to use these tools and how to create visuals that are powerful and compelling to the jury.
3:45–4:45 p.m. Workshop
5:00–6:00 p.m. Trial Team Huddles
Trial Boot Camp Advocates and Campers will meet with their designated Trial Teams and Leaders to prepare for the mock trials using the techniques and pointers discussed during the day’s lectures and workshops.
6:00–7:00 p.m. Reception
Co-Sponsored by the National Institute for Workers’ Rights

Friday, October 28

7:00–7:50 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:15 a.m. Making & Responding To Trial Objections, Motions In Limine, and Offers of Proof
Speakers: Christine T. Elzer, Kira Y. Fonteneau & Heather Leonard
Now that you’ve chosen the right jury for your case, what evidence do they need to see in order for your case to prevail? Our experienced litigators will teach you how to utilize objections, motions in limine, and offers of proof to protect your client from defense overreach and ensure the jury receives the information they need to hold your client’s employer accountable.
9:45–11:00 a.m.Tips & Tricks for Examining Witnesses
Speakers: Amanda A. Farahany, Bruce A. Fredrickson & Brooke Timmer
Witness testimony is crucial to the success of any case. From preparing your own witnesses for direct to perfecting the art of cross-examination, our experienced faculty will share their tips and tricks for making the most of witness testimony.
11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
12:15–1:00 p.m. Box Lunch Pickup
1:15–2:30 p.m. Winning Closing Arguments
Speakers: Herb Eisenberg, William “Billy” Ryan & Jamaal “Jay” W. Stafford
Closing argument is the last chance to persuade the jury to find for the plaintiff and finish on a high note. Trial experts will share strategies and tactics for preparing and presenting a closing argument that will draw out key facts, tell a compelling story, and end your case on a winning note.
3:00–4:30 p.m. Workshop
4:30–6:30 p.m. Trial Team Huddles
Trial Boot Camp Advocates and Campers will meet with their designated Trial Teams and Leaders to prepare for trial using the techniques and pointers discussed during the lectures and workshops over the last two days.

Saturday, October 29

7:00–7:50 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00–11:00 a.m. Mock Trial I
Trial Boot Camp Advocates and Campers will meet with their designated Trial Teams and Team Leaders for the first mock trial.
11:00a.m.–12:00 p.m. Box Lunch Pickup
12:00–1:00 p.m. Mock Trial I Evaluation Session
Advocates and Campers will meet with their designated Trial Teams and Team Leaders for a critique of the first mock trial.
1:30–4:30 p.m. Mock Trial II
Trial Boot Camp Advocates and Campers will meet with their designated Trial Teams and Team Leaders for the second mock trial.
4:45–5:45 p.m. Mock Trial II Evaluation Session
Advocates and Campers will meet with their designated Trial Teams and Team Leaders for a critique of the second mock trial.