Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Save the Date!

State Public Defender's 2011 Trial Skills Academy
May 9 - 13, 2011
Grand Geneva Resort
Lake Geneva, WI

About the Program:
Trial Skills Academy is a one-week program, which provides intense, hands-on learning in a wide range of trial skills. In order to assure a quality experience, the program is limited to 64 participants. Participants are divided into eight small groups based on experience level. Small groups engage in mock voir dire, opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments. Citizens from the surrounding communities act as jurors and professional actors portray the witnesses. In addition to small group exercises, the Trial Skills Academy format includes lectures, demonstrations, and workshops by a nationally renowned faculty. Skills taught can be applied universally, and are not specific to Wisconsin law.

Not only is Trial Skills Academy a great learning experience for newer lawyers, it is an opportunity for more seasoned lawyers to gain a new perspective on the practice of law. Every year, Trial Skills Academy enrolls lawyers with a broad range of experience--ranging from just out of law school to over 30 years of practice!

Comments from past participants include:

"This was wonderful! I will recommend it to everyone and wish to attend again."

"A very necessary component to the profession."

"Engaging. Very helpful. Built my confidence enormously."

Rooms will be available at the state rate of $70/night.

Registration information will be available in early February.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Video Blog

If you still haven't done so, please check out our new SPD Training Video Blog.  We now have over 25 videos posted!  Simply click on the "Video" tab at the top of this page.

Thank you!

SPD Training Division