Trial Advocacy College: Essentials of Civil Litigation | The American Association For Justice

Trial Advocacy College: Essentials of Civil Litigation

March 7, 2019 to March 9, 2019
Program Information:

University of Utah College of Law | Salt Lake City, UT

Sponsored by Lisa Blue and Williams Kherkher

About the College:

Opening statements, direct and cross-examinations, and closing arguments are key trial skills, but are rarely effectively covered in law schools. AAJ Education's Trial Advocacy College: Essentials of Civil Litigation focuses on foundational skills through interactive workshops where faculty provide guidance and instant feedback. Learn the critical skills you'll need to excel throughout your career in this intensive program, where you'll work with experienced trial lawyers and consultants.

At the end of this program, you will have the confidence to effectively litigate your next case. For those with limited or no courtroom experience this program is a must. You will see a significant before-and-after change in your pretrial and trial skills.

Our effective training method has several critical features:

• Four workshops, including opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing argument, in which your performance is recorded practicing what you have learned in lectures 
• Feedback from experienced trial lawyers and trial consultants—on camera—for you to take home 
• Low student-to-faculty ratio for more individualized attention

Registration Fees:

$1,095 for AAJ Members
​$1,295 for Non-member Plaintiff Attorneys

  • If you are an AAJ member and have been admitted to the bar for ten years or less, you can attend the Essentials College for 25% off. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college.) Discount not available online--please call 800-622-1791 to register.
  • Register two or more lawyers from your firm at the same time, and take $70 off the registration fee for each registrant. Discount not available online--please call 800-622-1791 to register.

Contact Education 800.622.1791 | 202.965.3500, ext. 8612 |​


Thursday, March 7

8:00 - 8:30am

Morning Session
8:30am - 12:00pm
• Developing and Executing a Case Strategy
• Voir Dire: Deselecting Jurors
• Winning Techniques from the Beginning: Storytelling and Putting Together the Framework in Opening
• Opening Statement Demonstration

Workshop Introductions/Orientation and Lunch
12:00 - 1:00pm

Afternoon Session
1:00 - 5:15pm
• Workshop on Opening Statements

Networking Reception
5:45 - 7:30pm

Friday, March 8

Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30am

Morning Session
8:30am - 12:30pm
• Cross-Examination
• Ethical Dilemmas: Dealing with the Rambo Litigator (Ethics)
• Workshop on Direct Examination

Lunch Break
12:30 - 1:30pm

Afternoon Session
1:30 - 5:30pm
• Crafting the Closing and Rebuttal Argument
• Closing Demonstration
• Workshop on Cross-Examination

Saturday, March 9

Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30am

Morning Session
8:30am - 12:30pm
• Workshop on Closing Argument

Invited Faculty:

N. John Bey, course advisor

N. John Bey
Bey & Associates, LLC
Atlanta, GA 30303

Andrew Caple-Shaw

Andrew Caple-Shaw
The Law Office of Andrew Caple-Shaw
Nashville, TN 37206

Jacquelynn D. Carmichael, course advisor

Jacquelynn D. Carmichael
Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Heidi A. DiLorenzo

Heidi A. DiLorenzo
Alexander Shunnarah Injury Attorneys, P.C.
Birmingham, AL 35222

J.D. Hays, Jr.

JD Hays, Jr.
J.D. Hays, Attorney at Law
Rogers, AR 72758

Zachary Mandell, course advisor

Zachary Mandell focuses his practice on complex personal injury litigation, medical malpractice litigation, liquor liability litigation, wrongful death litigation, and a variety of mass tort litigation. He has been selected as a SuperLawyer “Rising Star” by the New England SuperLawyer’s Magazine. He is a past President of the Rhode Island Association for Justice (RIAJ) and serves on the organization’s Board of Governors. Mr. Mandell is on the editorial board for the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA). He is an active member with AAJ, serving on AAJ’s Board of Governors, National College of Advocacy Board of Trsutees, National Finance Counsel, New Lawyers Division, and Voter Protection Committee; previously he was a member of the Membership Oversight Committee. Mr. Mandell generously donates to AAJ PAC. Mandell, Boisclair and Mandell, Ltd., an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in Providence, Rhode Island.

Tad Thomas

Tad Thomas
Thomas Law Offices, PLLC
Louisville, KY 40059


AAJ has a limited number of rooms available at the Salt Lake City Marriott University Park at a special group rate of $120 per night for single and double occupancy, plus any applicable taxes (currently 12.92%) and fees. To reserve a room, click HERE or call the Salt Lake City Marriott University Park reservation line at 1-800-228-9290 and state that you are booking with the American Association for Justice. For cancellations or alterations to existing reservations, contact the hotel directly. AAJ is not responsible for cancellation or early departure fees.

The cut-off date for reservations at the Salt Lake City Marriott University Park is February 21, 2019.

Salt Lake City Marriott University Park
480 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Tel:  (801) 581-1000

Your registration includes:
  • 28.25 hours of continuing legal education credit, including one hour of ethics, which can be applied towards AAJ's professional recognition programs
  • Recorded workshops with personalized critiques
  • Comprehensive reference materials provided on a USB drive
  • Complimentary daily continental breakfast and coffee
  • Networking reception and one complimentary working lunch
Who should attend:

This college is open to AAJ members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, and Leaders Forum) and is designed for trial lawyers at all levels of experience. For more information about eligibility requirements, please contact AAJ Education directly. 


Call us. We'll provide you with names and phone numbers of previous attendees of AAJ Education programs who will be pleased to answer your questions. Or, if you prefer to speak with a course advisor or faculty member, we will arrange that as well. Call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, extension 8612.

MCLE/NCA Requirements:

AAJ has filed for CLE/MCLE credit in the appropriate jurisdictions.  In many jurisdictions, final approval is not available prior to the program and contingent upon approval from state bars and/or MCLE boards.  Total available credit hours may vary by jurisdiction.  AAJ Education programs are routinely accredited by states requiring continuing legal education. CLE questions may be addressed by reading our FAQ or calling the CLE Assistant at 800-424-2725, ext. 9604 or 202-965-3500, ext. 9604.​

Click here to learn more about AAJ's Professional Recognition Programs, Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) and Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy (ASTA), or call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 9594. The Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) provides Advocate, Fellow, and Diplomate recognition to AAJ members. To gain ARP credits, submit a certificate of attendance for every seminar, college, and convention you attend.

* Number of credits may vary depending on calculation method used by individual state accreditation agencies. AAJ is a State Bar of California MCLE-approved provider.

Special Assistance:

AAJ Education will make every effort to ensure that its meetings are held in facilities that are fully accessible to persons with mobility disabilities. If you plan to attend our program and need special facilities or assistance relating to a disability, please call 800-622-1791 or 202-965-3500, ext. 8612.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing on or before February 20, 2019, will result in a refund less a 10% administrative charge. Cancellations received in writing February 21-27, 2019, will result in a voucher for 50% of the registration fee, which may be applied toward any AAJ Education college, seminar, or webinar held within one calendar year of the date of issue. Requests for refunds or vouchers received within one week of the program will not be honored. AAJ is not responsible for any room cancellation fees or other travel fees which result from your cancellation. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. Fax or email your cancellation letter to the registrar at 202-625-7084 or

Contribute to the AAJ Education Fund:

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Terms and Conditions:

The American Association for Justice reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, refuse entrance to the event and/or remove any individual from the event whose behavior is disruptive and/or is not consistent with the character and purpose of the event. All American Association for Justice badges are the property of the American Association for Justice and must be returned upon request.

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Event Address:
383 University St E
salt lake city, UT 84112
United States

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