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WDA's Trial Advocacy Program

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  • WDA In Person CLE
When Feb 24, 2013 01:00 PM to
Feb 26, 2013 05:00 PM
Where Issaquah, WA
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Contact Phone (206) 623-4321
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The Trial Advocacy Program is a three day intensive training designed for attorneys seeking to improve their advocacy skills. In this workshop-based program, we focus on the development of a theory of the case, and applying that theory to trial skills. Click here to download a copy of the registration brochure. To register, send in brochure and payment. Please note: There is NO late registration for this program. Registration closes Tuesday, February 19th at 12 noon.

Who May Attend
WDA’s Trial Advocacy Program is open to all WDA members; however, space is limited to nine workgroups comprised of eight participants. Six workgroups are in the main learning track; two learning tracks are dedicated to dependency practitioners; and another is for juvenile court practitioners. Assignment to these tracks is on a first-come, first served basis, and the main track is open to all practice areas.

Tuition is free to WDA members. Attendees pay only the costs of room and board. The price of $448 for a single occupancy room or $303 for double occupancy includes a room for two nights at the Hilton Garden Inn, dinner on Sunday and breakfast, lunch & coffee service during the program. Dinner on Monday is on your own.

Program Philosophy
Because the Trial Advocacy Program is an intensive three day event, we ask that all attendees stay on site and attend the entirety of the program. This program is cumulative and collaborative. We have learned from past experiences, in our program and at the national equivalence, that staying together as a group makes for a more successful program for everybody. WDA has worked hard to cut costs and time investment by holding the program in Issaquah, rather than a remote location. We will not exclude anyone because of a hardship, but are making it our policy to ask that people stay at the venue.


Sunday, February 24

1:00pm Overview of the Program, Travis Stearns

1:15pm Breaking Down a Case, Jeff Swan and Travis Stearns

2:00pm Group Workshops (15 min. break as needed)

4:30pm Theory of a Case, Jeffery Robinson

5:15pm Storytelling (dinner provided), Chad Dold

6:15pm Group Workshops (15 min. break as needed)

8:00pm ADJOURN

Monday, February 25

8:30am Group Workshops (cont.)

9:30am Opening Statement, James Bible

10:15am Group Workshops (15 min. break as needed)

12:45pm LUNCH

1:45pm Cross Examination, Rob O'Neill   

2:30pm Group Workshops (15 min. break as needed)

5:30pm ADJOURN

Tuesday, February 26

8:30am Direct Examination, John Drenning  

9:15am Group Workshops (15 min. break as needed)

12:15pm LUNCH

1:15pm Closing Arguments, Kimberly Gordon

2:00pm Group Workshops (15 min. break as needed)

4:15pm Wrap Up, Travis Stearns

4:30pm ADJOURN

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