Colleagues – I would like to invite you to the first in a series of informal trainings sponsored by the Doyle Inn focusing on basic practical skills in civil litigation.   We are applying for 2 CLE’s for each of our sessions.  There is no charge for attendees.

The first session will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on October 18, 2017 at the downtown office of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, Republic Plaza, 370 17th Street, 45th Floor, Denver, CO 80203.  It is  titled Taking and Defending Depositions – What You Need to Know.  This session will offer practical advice and suggested models for taking and defending depositions.

Materials will be distributed ahead of time so participants will have examples for future use.  I hope this will be an interactive process with participants feeling free to ask questions and contribute experiences.  We also invite experienced practitioners to share experiences as well as sample pleadings and outlines.

Please let me know if any of your Inn members, young lawyers or law clerks may be interested in attending.  Also please have them RSVP to I hope these talks will help further the Inns’ purpose of educating and mentoring young lawyers.

The remainder of the 2017-2018 sessions are set forth below.

Practical Skills Schedule

Negotiation, Settlement and Alternative Forums for Resolution: What You Never Learned in Law School, November 15, 2017. The session will help young attorneys learn more about early evaluation of a case and examine ways to resolve cases early in litigation and provide an overview of the various forums for resolution of cases.

So You Are Going to Be Witness –Now What? December 20, 2017.  This session will focus on the successful preparation of witnesses to testify at deposition and trial in civil cases.

Direct Examination – How Do You Do It?  January 30, 2018. This session will focus on the conducting direct examination of witnesses at deposition and trial in civil cases.

Cross Examination – What You Need to Know.  February 21, 2108. The will provide young lawyers with practical advice on cross examining a witness at trial.

How to Navigate Private Practice-What You Need to Know- A Panel Discussion. March 20, 2018. This session will focus on what lawyers need to know before entering into private practice.

Legal Writing –Process and Product. April 18, 2017.  This session will focus on effective legal writing and improving persuasion skills through writing.

A View from the Bench:  Practical Advice for Young Lawyers, May 16, 2017.  A panel of judges from state and federal courts will offer their perspective on what young lawyers need to know.