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Human Resources Division, Staff Development Section
Continuing Legal Education
2012-12-01 to 2012-12-31

Training Calendar

Basic Trial Advocacy
08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
 
Monday, December 3rd

The OAG will sponsor a Basic Trial Advocacy Course, December 3 - 7, 2012, to be held at the Capitol Extension.  This course is an intensive one-week advocacy skills program designed for attorneys with little or no trial experience.  This program utilizes lectures, workshops, and skill exercises with classroom and video critiques to teach trial advocacy skills.  Participants will also have the opportunity to use digital evidence and an evidence camera in the courtroom. Extensive preparation on the part of the participants is required.  Topics covered include preparation and presentation of opening statements and closing arguments, as well as, direct and cross examination of fact witnesses, and submission of evidence.  The course culminates in the students' participation in a mock jury trial.


This course is expected to be approved for 26 - 27 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of Texas' MCLE Department. 

OAG Employees Only

Communication Strategies for Trial Advocacy
01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
 
Monday, December 3rd

This presentation is part of the Basic Trial Advocacy Program and is open to all. 

Tracy McCormack is a Professor and Director of Trial Advocacy at The University of Texas School of Law.

Direct Examination
03:15 PM to 04:15 PM
 
Monday, December 3rd

This presentation is part of the Basic Trial Advocacy Program and is open to all. 

Jamal Alsaffar, Attorney at Law, Archuleta, Alsaffar & Higgenbotham

Cross Examination
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 
Tuesday, December 4th

This presentation is part of the Basic Trial Advocacy Program and is open to all. 

Jerry Galow, Attorney at Law and Adjunct Faculty, Galow & Smith; Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Voir Dire
03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
 
Tuesday, December 4th

This presentation is part of the Basic Trial Advocacy Program and is open to all. 

Clint Harbour, Assistant Attorney General, Transportation Division

How to Identify and Recover from Burnout
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
 
Wednesday, December 5th

This presentation is part of the Basic Trial Advocacy Program and is open to all. 

Mr. Yarbrough has written a book on burnout based on his experience as District Attorney in Lamb County, Texas and will be sharing his story to attendees.

Access to Justice
02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
 
Wednesday, December 5th

This presentation is part of the Basic Trial Advocacy Program and is open to all. 

Hanna Silk Kapasi, Attorney at Law, Access to Justice Commission

Closing Argument
03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
 
Wednesday, December 5th

This presentation is part of the Basic Trial Advocacy Program and is open to all. 

Jack London, Attorney at Law, Law Office of Jack W. London

View From the Bench - How Not to Become a War Story
02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
 
Thursday, December 6th

This presentation is part of the Basic Trial Advocacy Program and is open to all. 

The Honorable J. David Phillips, Travis County Court of Law #1

Evidence at Trial
03:30 PM to 04:30 PM
 
Thursday, December 6th

This presentation is part of the Basic Trial Advocacy Program and is open to all. 

Sharon Baxter, Senior Litigation Attorney, Travis County Appraisal District.

Criminal Law - Know Your Rights
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
 
Wednesday, December 12th

A short discussion on knowing your rights during traffic stops, as well as dispelling myths related to ticket dismissals will be presented.  The session leader is the past president of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and served on the State Bar's Commission on Lawyer Discipline.

Betty Blackwell, Law Office of Betty Blackwell.

This presentation has been approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit, including .25 hour of ethics, by the State Bar of Texas' MCLE Department.

OAG Employees Only

Etiquette and Ethics in the Courtroom
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
 
Tuesday, December 18th

Judge Elisabeth Earle will discuss the importance of decorum and etiquette in the courtroom when dealing with the jury, the judge, other lawyers, and court staff.  She will also offer practical tips and guidance that emphasize the fact that courtroom behavior is the foundation of professionalism and contributes to effectiveness in litigation. 

The Honorable Elisabeth Earle, County Court at Law #7.

This presentation has been approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit, including .50 ethics hour, by the State Bar of Texas' MCLE Department.