|MTLA Trial Academy 2016
UM Flathead Lake Biological Station
Yellow Bay, Polson, MT
September 21-23, 2016
I learned more about myself and advocacy in two and ½ days than I thought possible. . . . I think the 2½ days were worth more than law school! . . . [T]his turned out to be one of the best and most valuable experiences of my professional career. . . .
Read more in Senior Partner Mike Lamb's Trial Trends article on the 2007 Trial Academy.
MTLA is excited to present the 2016 MTLA Trial Academy, to be held in September 21-23, 2016. The primary focus of the Trial Academy is to teach attendees the skills needed to try an actual case from start to finish. Opportunities for new lawyers to get courtroom experience in civil cases are becoming more and more difficult to obtain. As more cases settle before trial, fewer trial lawyers are able to develop their trial skills. The Trial Academy is designed to address this. Students are able to try a case from start to finish in front of actual District Court judges and real jurors, providing the most realistic trial setting outside of an actual case.
In addition to providing a unique opportunity to try a case from start to finish, it is also an opportunity for newer lawyers to work with and form relationships with Montana's best trial lawyers. The faculty has included MTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year recipients Monte Beck, Elizabeth Best, Zander Blewett, Joe Bottomly, Larry Cozzens, Cliff Edwards, Don Harris, Jim Hunt, Tom Lewis, Jim Manley, Syd McKenna, David Paoli, Dave Slovak, Erik Thueson and Terry Trieweiler, and other outstanding MTLA members, including John Amsden, Tom Beers, Randy Bishop, Jamie Carey, Mike Cok, Wade Dahood, Craig Daue, Amy Eddy, Ben Everett, Mike Lamb, Alan McGarvey and Jamie Towe. Having the opportunity to observe the faculty give demonstrations, as well as discuss different approaches and trial strategies is an invaluable experience. One of the goals of the Academy is for students and faculty to develop long term mentoring relationships where students feel comfortable calling the faculty members to ask questions, get advice, and discuss cases. For newer lawyers, this is a rare opportunity to learn from and develop relationships with Montana's top attorneys.
The $650 tuition includes lodging, meals, approximately 21 CLE credits, and an uncommon opportunity to develop your trial skills while learning with some of the best Montana has to offer. Some Scholarship assistance is available. Only 16 lawyers will be invited to attend, so make sure to get your application in by the June 1, 2016, for priority consideration. The Trial Academy is open to all attorneys, but preference will be given to MTLA members, lawyers in practice less than 5 years, and those lawyers who have tried fewer than 5 civil cases. Attorneys with 10, 15 and over 20 years of practice have been past participants, so if you are more experienced and are interested, please go ahead and send in an application. The application is easily and quickly filled out.