Trial College 2020

The ABOTA National Trial College on the campus of Yale Law School provides young trial lawyers with intensive training from accomplished trial lawyers. Faculty demonstrations and student exercises encompass all aspects of civil jury trials from effective voir dire to persuasive opening statements and closing arguments.

Students nationwide are invited to apply. Registration is limited.

About Trial College

The inaugural ABOTA National Trial College in 2010 was conducted at Princeton University. The 2012, 2014, and 2016 Colleges were held at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This year we return to our 2018 program location at another of the country’s leading saw school.

Designed for second- through sixth-year trial attorneys from both sides of the bar, the program consists of five days of intensive instruction, student exercises, and critiques culminating in three simultaneous mock jury trials on the final day with each student having significant participation.

With an impressive 2:1 student to faculty ratio, the classes are taught by highly experienced trial lawyers from all parts of the country who share their techniques of trial preparation and the art of effective advocacy. The students also have the opportunity to work with very experienced and accomplished expert witnesses. The entire program takes place in the hallowed halls of Yale Law School. After four days of academic work, students are divided into trial teams and compete in mock jury trials before real judges and jurors after which the students observe jury deliberations and then receive final critiques from the faculty. A graduation ceremony is held on the final evening.

  • Five full days of intensive training and critique given by some of the best trial attorneys in the nation on the campus of Yale Law School.
  • Learn advanced techniques in trial preparation and trial practice.
  • Opportunity to apply the lessons in daily exercises and a mock jury trial.
  • Network with new and experienced trial lawyers nationwide.
  • Opportunity to work directly with world-class expert witnesses.
  • CLE Credit (The Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates will request CLE approval in select jurisdictions)

Meet the Faculty




Michelle Ator
Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP


Christine Boyd
Lavin, Cedrone, Graver, Boyd & Disipio 


Eugene Brown, Jr.
Hinshaw Law 


Karen Burgess
Burgess Law PC


Deborah Chang
Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP


Doris Cheng
Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger


Jennifer Doan
Haltom & Doan


Andrea La'Verne Edney
Butler Snow, LLP


Wilma Gray
McNamara, Ney, Beatty, Slattery, Borges & Ambacher LLP


R. Bruce Hurley
King & Spalding


Lamont Jefferson
Jefferson Cano


F. Dulin Kelly
The Kelly Firm 


Cynthia McGuinn
Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn 


Larry Ottaway
Foliart, Huff, Ottaway & Bottom


Craig Peters
Altair Law PC

 
Steven W. Quattlebaum
Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull, PLLC


Renne Rothauge
Markowitz Herbold PC

John E. Sweeney
The Sweeney Firm