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DTCI: North Central Region Trial Academy

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The Trial Academy is the only trial technique seminar in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin specifically designed for the defense lawyer. With a ratio of four students to one instructor, every student is guaranteed individual attention during each phase of the trial. Each student is videotaped while conducting part of the trial, and each receives a copy of that videotape upon conclusion of the Trial Academy. Watching one’s own performance on videotape is a proven and valuable learning tool.

The Trial Academy is an excellent means of providing “on your feet” experience for lawyers who have limited courtroom and trial experience. Written materials are provided to the students well in advance so that they have time to prepare for the different phases of the trial. The students are responsible for coming to the Trial Academy prepared to conduct the entire defense of the trial, from the opening statement to the closing argument. The materials provided, which include investigative materials, statements from witnesses to be used for impeachment, pleadings, deposition testimony, jury instructions, and articles on trial advocacy, allow the students to conduct an entire trial.

This year’s academy will be held at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Ind., on Sept. 28-29.

For additional information on the Trial Academy, contact Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Executive Director Sandra Wulf at idc@iadtc.org.•

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