Advanced Trial Advocacy Program
The 26th Annual (2014) Trial Advocacy topics are:
- Effective Jury Selection
- Compelling Opening Statements
- Creating Dynamic Trial Visuals
- Courtroom Communication Techniques
- Depositions: Strategy and Purpose
- Formulating a Direct Examination Strategy
- Art of Cross Examination
- Presenting and Attacking Expert Testimony
- Persuasive Closing Arguments
- Ethical Pitfalls for Trial Lawyers
During the week, you will see demonstrations of trial skills by the faculty and have your performances videotaped and critiqued by them. You will try a case sometimes representing the plaintiff and sometimes representing the defendant. You will prepare and present voir dire, an opening statement, a closing argument, and conduct direct, cross, and redirect examinations of fact and expert witnesses. You will learn about effective jury selection and how to use visual aids to enhance your persuasiveness.
Course Study Case and Schedule
On Line Registration will open on Monday, March 17, 2014.Download registration form or
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Enrollment is limited to 36 (law students desiring to attend may add their name to a wait list at Student Services (at the Law School) in the event the seats are not filled by practicing attorneys). All registration is on a first-come, first-enrolled basis. When the 36 seats are filled, we will keep a wait list in the event of cancellations. Early registration is encouraged.
The cost for attendance and participation is $1200 plus online registration fees. This cost includes instruction, books and materials, continental breakfast and brown bag lunch on day one. A $400 deposit is due no later than May 1, 2014 to reserve a seat in the program. The $800 balance is due and payable no later than May 20, 2014.
Cancellations received prior to May 20, 2014 willl receive a refund less the $75 processing fee and online registration fees. Failure to remit the balance in full by May 20, 2014 will result in the forfeiture of deposit, processing fee and non-refundable online registration fees and seat for the course. No refunds after May 20, 2014.
A limited number of scholarships are available through the generosity of the ACTL and ABOTA. If you are a public service attorney, we encourage you to apply. (Click on the link above)
A block of sleeping rooms is being held at the Holiday Inn Downtown until May 16, 2014. Call 406.721.8550 and ask for the "Advanced Trial Advocacy Attendees" block or book online.
2014 Advanced Trial Advocacy Program Faculty
Michael D. Cok, Esq.
Founding partner, Cok Kinzler PLLP, Bozeman, Montana. The University of Montana School of Law (J.D. with honors 1978). Sustaining member, Montana Trial Lawyers Association, 1979-present (board member, 1989-2013; president, 1998-1999); sustaining member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1981-present; Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers. Listed in Best Lawyers in America. Extensive products and professional liability, environmental pollution, and personal injury litigation experience. (pictured are previous ATA faculty)
Randy J. Cox, Esq.
Shareholder, Boone Karlberg P.C., Missoula, Montana. Northeastern University (J.D. 1979). Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates; Chair, Montana Board of Bar Examiners; Advisory Commission on Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure; Montana Defense Trial Lawyers (past president). Listed in Best Lawyers in America. Extensive experience in commercial, personal injury, toxic tort, and railroad litigation.
Cynthia Ford, Esq.
Professor, The University of Montana School of Law. Cornell Law School (J.D. cum laude 1978). Crowley, Haughey, Hanson, Toole & Dietrich, 1978-1983; Davis, Wright & Jones, Seattle, Washington, 1983-1988; solo practice, Bainbridge Island, Washington, 1988-1990. Chief Judge, Suquamish Tribal Court, 1988-1990; Associate Justice, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Court of Appeals, 1997-2000. Litigation practice 1978-1990; law school faculty since 1990, teaching Civil Procedure I and II, Evidence, Family Law and Remedies. Professor Ford served as the co-coach of the law school’s Trial Team for 22 years. She is the author of the “Montana Civil Pleading and Practice Formbook” and, during her sabbatical 2012-2013, worked on the “Montana Evidence Handbook.” She is also the author of “Evidence Corner” in Montana Lawyer magazine.
Sean P. Goicoechea, Esq.
Partner, Moore, Cockrell, Goicoechea & Axelberg, P.C., Kalispell, Montana. The University of Montana School of Law (J.D. 2000). Intern, United States District Court for the District of Montana, Judge Donald Molloy 1998-2000. Montana Defense Trial Lawyers; Association of Ski Defense Attorneys, 2001-2013. Attorney Representative for the U.S. District Court Attorney Admissions Fund Advisory Committee, 2008-2012. Selected as 2008-2012 Super Lawyers Mountain States Rising Stars; 2013-2014 Super Lawyers Medical Malpractice Defense. AV rated (Martindale). Recognized in Chambers/Partners and Benchmark Litigation. Experience litigating and trying cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, civil rights, and ski areas liability.
Steven J. Harman, Esq.
Steve Harman is a patient advocate in healthcare negligence cases who was awarded “Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2012-2013” by the Montana Trial Lawyers Association. Steve obtained the largest verdict in eastern Montana in a medical malpractice case. He has been selected by his peers to memberships in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocacy. The Martindale Hubbell Lawyers’ Directory ranks Steve in its highest category for competency and ethics. For the first 25 years of his practice, Steve defended civil suits, including the representation of healthcare providers throughout Montana. He served as President of the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers association. Steve serves on the faculty of the University of Montana Law School Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, which is a week-long program to train trial lawyers held on the Missoula campus each spring. He helped draft the rule on Appellate Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Montana Supreme Court, and sat on the committee to review new rules for the Montana Medical Legal Panel which were recently adopted. Steve has written and lectured in the area of trial practice for nearly 40 years. Steve maintains his office in Billings, Montana.
Thomas D. Henderson, Esq.
Administrative Assistant District Attorney General for the 30th Judicial District in Memphis, Tennessee. Administrative Assistant for Criminal Courts (2005-present); Chief Prosecutor for the General Sessions and Juvenile Court (2001-2004); Director for the Violent Crimes Prosecuting Unit (1999-2001); Division Leader (1980-1999); Assistant District Attorney General (1976-present); Recipient of the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation Region IV Vice President’s Trial Award in 1997 and 1992, the National College of District Attorneys Distinguished Faculty Award in 1985, and the NCDA Lecturer of Merit Award in 1984.
Natasha Prinzing Jones, Esq.
Shareholder, Boone Karlberg P.C., Missoula, Montana. The University of Montana School of Law (J.D. with honors 2000). Boone, Karlberg & Haddon, P.C., 2000-2001, Clerk for Hon. Sam E. Haddon, United States District Court Judge, 2001-2002, Boone Karlberg P.C. 2002-present. Named 2012 Top 250 Women in Litigation (Benchmark); Mountain States Super Lawyers (2008-2013); Best Lawyers, 2011-2013; 2012 Bar Registry of Preeminent Women Lawyers (Martindale); AV rated (Martindale); Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007-2013. Experience in civil litigation, including FELA law and insurance defense.
Hon. Ted O. Lympus
District Court Judge, 11th Judicial District, Kalispell, Montana, 1992-present. The University of Montana, B.A. 1966, J.D. 1972. Deputy Lake County Attorney/private practice, Polson, Montana, 1972-1975; private practice, Kalispell, Montana, 1975-1978; Flathead County Attorney, 1979-1992; Special Prosecutor, Missoula County, 1976 and Big Horn County, 1982; Special Assistant Attorney General (litigation), 1978; Montana Commission on Criminal Procedure, 1988-1992; President, Montana County Attorneys Association, 1989-1990; Chair, Montana Board of Crime Control State Drug Strategy Task Force, 1990-1992; Sentence Review Division of the Montana Supreme Court, 1994-1996 (Chair 1996); Montana Sentencing Commission, 1995-1997; President, Montana Judges Association, 2006; Chair, Judicial Nomination Commission, 2004-2010.
John J. Russell, Esq.
Shareholder, Brown Law Firm, Billings, Montana. The University of Montana School of Law (1982). Defense Research Institute and Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association (board of directors). Listed in Best Lawyers in America. Practice limited to personal injury defense with a focus on medical malpractice.
John E. Smith, Esq.
B.A. in Philosophy and Economics in 1983 from the University of Montana. Graduated from the University of Montana School of Law, with honors, in 1987. Admitted to the Montana Bar and the U.S. District Court, District of Montana in 1987, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit in 1993. Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since 1989. Founding and lifetime member of the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since 1996. Served as secretary/treasurer, vice president, and a two-year term as president of the MTACDL, finishing term as president in February 2003. Elected treasurer of the Montana Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in November 2003, and remains in this position. Attended Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer College at the Thunderhead Ranch, Dubois, Wyoming, June-July 2000. Specializing in criminal defense, trials and appellate work, in State and Federal courts in Montana as part of his small law firm in downtown Missoula, Montana, Smith & Stephens, PC.
Hon. Karen S. Townsend, District Court Judge
Judge Townsend serves the 4th Judicial District for the State of Montana, (2011-present.) Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A. 1964); University of California (M.A. 1965); University of Montana School of Law (J.D. with honors 1976); Deputy County Attorney, Missoula County Attorney’s Office, 1976-1980; Chief Staff Attorney, County Prosecutor’s Services Bureau, Montana Department of Justice, 1980-December 1981; Senior Deputy County Attorney, Missoula County Attorney’s Office, 1982-1988; Director of Training, National College of District Attorneys, 1988-1990; Senior Deputy County Attorney, Missoula County Attorney’s Office, 1990-1998; Chief Deputy County Attorney Missoula County Attorney’s Office, 1998-December 2006; Special Assistant United States Attorney, 1984-1988, 1990-2006; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Named a Super Lawyer for the Northwest Region; Western Montana Bar’s Outstanding Lawyer in 1994; Named winner of the YWCA’s Salute to Excellence Award for Public Service in 1996; Awarded Distinguished Faculty Award from the National College of District Attorneys in June 2006; Member, American Bar Association; State Bar of Montana; Member, Montana Supreme Court Commission on Criminal Jury Instructions; Faculty Member, University of Montana Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, 1992-2001, Director of Program, 2002-present; co-coach of University of Montana’s Trial Advocacy Competition team 1998-2010, primary coach, 2010-2012; extensive local, state and national trial advocacy teaching experience.
Gary M. Zadick, Esq.Graduate of University of Montana 1975, Economics and Political Science, with Honors, University of Montana Law School 1978. Deputy Cascade County Attorney, 1978-1979. Alexander & Baucus, 1979-1985. Ugrin Alexander Zadick & Higgins, 1985-present. Lecturer: University of Montana Law School, Insurance Bad Faith; University of Great Falls, Criminal Procedure and Evidence. Selected for inclusion in: Best Lawyers, Chambers Leading Lawyers of North America, Super Lawyers-Mountain States, Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers Montana, Benchmark Litigation Guide Top Lawyers Montana.
Samuel Boerboom, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Theatre, Montana State University Billings. Faculty member and coordinator, Gustavus Adolphus College Summer Speech Institute. Regular presenter at the National Communication Association, Western States Communication Association, and Rhetorical Society of America conventions. Areas of expertise include public advocacy, rhetoric and public affairs, political communication, ethics, and mass/social media and coalition-building.
Nikki R. Schaubel, M.S.
Independent Communication and Trial Consultant. Background in public relations, court administration, organizational communication and public speaking. Fellow, National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management.
Melinda C. Tilton, M.A.
Independent Communication and Trial Consultant. Areas of expertise include public speaking, group dynamics, interpersonal, and intercultural communication. University lecturer, Montana State University Billings, Department of Communication and Theatre (1990-present). Lecturer, University of Montana, Department of Communication and California State University, Long Beach, Department of Communication (1980-1990). Active presenter and panelist in the National Communication Association. Communication and Leadership Trainer for a broad range of organizations, including Montana Bar Association, Billings Fire Department, MT-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council and Hospice. Recipient of the University of Montana School of Law, Advanced Trial Advocacy Program Distinguished Faculty Award, 1999, 2001 and the MSUB Faculty Excellence Award, 2009. 2012-2013 Outstanding Faculty Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Montana State University, Billings.
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