21st Annual Oregon Trial Advocacy College

Thursday, October 24, 2019 to Friday, October 25, 2019
Portland, OR United States Get Directions
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8:25 a.m.–2 p.m., Thursday, October 24, 2019
8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2019
Live Event at the Mark O. Hatfied United States Courthouse, 1000 SW Third Ave., Portland
10.5 Practical Skills credits and 1 Ethics credit

Oregon judges and their lawyer staff, 50-year OSB members, and Active Pro Bono OSB members—please call the OSB CLE Service Center at (503) 431-6413 or toll-free at (800) 452-8260, ext. 413, to register.

Learn by doing.

For more than 20 years, Oregon’s trial advocates have learned by doing by being part of the Oregon Trial Advocacy College. One of the Oregon State Bar’s highest-rated CLE programs, the College provides multiple opportunities for you to learn from some of Oregon’s most accomplished and respected trial attorneys.

Before the College, you’ll have unlimited access to online videos where a highly select group of plaintiffs’ and defense counsel share their expertise and best advice for conducting voir dire, opening statement, direct examination, cross examination, and closing argument. On the first day of the College, you’ll hear from highly experienced litigators and judges sharing their insight to help you gain a solid foundation for advocacy and trial practice.

For the second day, you will be assigned in advance to represent either the plaintiff or the defendant. Using the College’s fact pattern, the online videos, and in-person presentations, you will develop your own case to present in front of a real judge, two trial attorneys, and a mock jury. Limited enrollment and a small group setting ensures individual attention, while active participation and constructive feedback results in the ability to develop and enhance your persuasive advocacy techniques and style.

Day 1: Polish your advocacy skills before you present your case by learning tips and techniques for winning persuasive advocacy, exploring how to be authentic in front of the judge and jury, and understanding how adapting to a judge’s courtroom leadership style contributes to a successful trial experience.

Day 2: Present your case by conducting voir dire, making an opening statement, performing direct and cross-examination, and giving a closing argument. A highly select group of attorneys and judges will advise and guide you through your mock trial while providing individual evaluations.

Practice makes perfect—and this is the perfect opportunity to develop new advocacy skills or refine your existing techniques. Register by October 4 and save $45. Note: Registration is limited to 40 participants, and previous Colleges have sold out. Register early to avoid disappointment!

Participants are expected to review the fact pattern and evidence in advance, view the online videos, and come to the College prepared to present questions to a jury pool for voir dire, make an opening statement, perform direct and cross-examination of witnesses, and give a closing argument. Party assignments (plaintiff or defendant) will be sent to registrants after October 7. A link to the trial notebook and online videos will be available at the beginning of October.

You must answer a questionnaire at www.osbar.org/cle/otac19 to complete your registration.

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Dietary Restrictions or Accessibility Accommodations: Please call (503) 431-6326 or toll-free at (800) 452-8260, ext. 326, at least 72 hours before the date of the seminar.

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