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

These sessions will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on the third Wednesday of each month beginning in September at the downtown office of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite located at 1700 Lincoln Street, Suite 3500, Denver, CO 80203.  A list of the sessions is set forth below.

Materials will be distributed ahead of time so participants will have examples for future use.  We 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 randy.bramer@ogc.usda.gov. I hope these talks will help further the Inns’ purpose of educating and mentoring young lawyers.

Practical Skills Schedule

How to Take and Defend a Deposition: What You Need to Know. September 26, 2018.   This session will offer practical advice and suggested models for taking and defending depositions.

Negotiation, Settlement and Alternative Forums for Resolution: What You Never Learned in Law School. October 24, 2018. 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? November 28, 2018.  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 29, 2019. 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 20, 2109. 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, 2019. This session will focus on what lawyers need to know before entering into private practice.

Legal Writing – Process and Product. April 17, 2019.  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 15, 2019. A panel of judges from state and federal courts will offer their perspective on what young lawyers need to know.

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