Continuing Legal Education

Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute

June 15-19, 2015 | 30.5 general CLE credits plus 1 ethics credit

Designed by national experts Professors Marilyn Berger and Ron Clark, the Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute offers a proven conceptual approach to trial practice combined with premier trial principles and strategies for every phase of trial from preparation through closing argument. During the week-long course, the best of the best trial lawyers and faculty will provide you with lectures and demonstrations of successful trial skills. Registration and tuition information forthcoming.

Contact CLE

Continuing Legal Education
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall 209
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
(206) 398-4233

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You will prepare and try a case, including conducting jury selection, presenting opening statement and closing argument and examining expert and lay witnesses. Seasoned and skilled trial attorneys as well as communication specialists will provide feedback and pointers on your performances. Also, your presentations will be videoed so that you can benefit from a one-on-one video review with a faculty member. 

Who should attend

The course is designed for both fledgling practicing lawyers, who are seeking a firm foundation of the finest trial skills through experienced trial lawyers, who want to take their skills to a higher level. The course is also open to a few select law students who have completed their second year and have taken an Evidence course. Seattle University Law Students will receive two academic credits for successfully completing the course.

Topics to be addressed include:

Developing Case Theories, Themes and Trial Strategies

  • Courtroom Communication Techniques

  • Trial Preparation and Planning

  • Effective Jury Selection

  • Convincing Opening Statement

  • Conducting a Compelling Direct Examination

  • Presenting and Attacking Expert Testimony

  • Creating Dynamic Trial Visuals

  • Today's Courtroom Technology

  • Trial Ethics and Avoiding Pitfalls

  • Impeachment and Concession Cross-Examination

  • Persuasive Closing Argument



Program Chairpersons

Marilyn J. Berger is the Director of the Comprehensive Trial Advocacy Program and also the Director of Films for Justice Institute at Seattle University School of Law. She is co-author (with Professors John Mitchell, Ronald Clark) of Pretrial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy, Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy  and Trial Advocacy: Assignments and Case Files Professor Berger wrote, co-directed, and produced the documentary,  which is about 9/11 families and their experiences with the Victim Compensation Fund and litigation.

Ronald H. Clark is Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Seattle University Law School. Formally, he served in the King County Prosecutor's Office (10 years as Chief Deputy of the Criminal Division) and Senior Training Counsel at the National Advocacy Center. He co-authored Pretrial Advocacy, Trial Advocacy, Evidence Skills and Cross-Examination Handbook.