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The Bar Association of San Francisco invites you to attend
Women in Trial Training

July 17, 2020: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
MCLE Credits - 15 H, of which 1 hour is in Legal Ethics
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Shatter the glass ceiling in the courtroom
Two-Day Intensive Trial Advocacy Training for Women

If you don't think there is enough diverse representation in our courtrooms, or if you believe there is a shortage of women trial lawyers, change it by being there. If you don't think you have the skills to try a case, take this course. This course will be available twice this year in February and July. You can take either one. Learn the skills and get into court through our BASF and JDC pro bono programs.

• Develop trial skills in an experiential learning environment
• Learn from trial masters and judges about effective presentation skills
• Practice opening statements, closing arguments, direct and cross examinations
• Receive coaching and critiques to enhance your performance
• Experience your immediate improvement in two days

Doris Cheng
Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger

TEACHING FACULTY will include Master Trial Lawyers and active Judges

JDC's pro bono programs need energetic and skilled advocates to assist with cases related to family law, child custody, spousal support, eviction defense, debt collection, prisoner rights, and other matters. You will be eligible for assignment for a pro bono case through the 2019 Women in Trial initiative. More information on pro bono opportunities will be provided at the training.

Friday, July 17, 2020
8:00 - 9:00 MCLE Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 Opening Remarks and Introductions
9:30 - 10:15 Lecture/Demonstration: Opening Statement
10:30 - 11:00 Lecture/Demonstration: Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication Skills
11:00 - 12:00 Workshop #1: Brainstorming - Setting up the Case for Success.
12:00 - 1:30 Working Lunch: Lecture/Demonstration: Direct & Cross Examinations
1:30 - 2:45 Workshop #2: Opening Statement - Video Review
3:00 - 4:30 Workshop #3: Direct Examination - Video Review
4:30 - 5:15 Lecture/Demonstration: Closing Argument
5:15 - 5:30 Wrap up and Reflections
Reception to follow.

Saturday, July 18, 2020
8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 Meet together for a huddle; Brief discussion about the goals for the day.
9:00 - 10:30 Workshop #4: Cross Examination - Video Review
10:45 - 12:00 Workshop #5: Moving in Exhibits into Evidence on Direct & Cross Examinations
12:00 - 1:30 Working Lunch - Discussion about jury selection; Civility matters: Tips from judges and trial lawyers about conduct in the courtroom (1 hour Ethics Credit).
1:30 - 3:00 Workshop #6: Using Exhibits on Direct & Cross Examinations - Video Review
3:30 - 5:00 Workshop #7: Closing Arguments

For more information and registration, please email


BASF Conference Center
301 Battery Street
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111


MCLE Registration: 8:00 -9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


BASF Member$850.00
Member Plus Guest$6500.00

Note: All prices increase by $10.00 on the day of the program.

Event Code: G201611

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