Program Overview

stage 1: Film
In the past, the advice given to young, ambitious trial lawyers was always, “if you want to learn how to try cases, go to the courthouse and watch trial lawyers in a trial.” Well, Courtroom View Network ( has gone around the country video-taping the greatest trial lawyers in the country in some of their biggest trials. CVN’s trial library is one of the greatest, most powerful educational tools for trial lawyers that has ever existed. Not only does CVN videotape the trial, but they also capture the exhibits being displayed to the jury, and you can take screenshots of those slides. This is a fantastic tool that we all should take advantage of.

Bootcamp attendees will be given free access to the CVN trial library one week in advance of the Bootcamp. They will be encouraged to watch selected videos of great trial lawyers in trial (e.g., Mark Lanier’s opening/closing/cross exams in the Talc trial; Karen Koehler’s opening in the Duck Boat case; Nick Rowley and Courtney Rowley doing a voir dire; John Romano’s cross-examination of an expert in a TBI case; Keith Mitnik, etc.).
Some of the greatest trial lawyers of our generation will be giving long-form lectures on voir dire, opening statements, cross-examination, closing arguments, and general trial advocacy skills. Because we have limited the Bootcamp to only 65 attendees, the lectures will be interactive, and you will be able to ask questions and engage with the speakers.
Stage 3: Practice
On Saturday and Sunday, we will have small group workshop sessions. Each group will have 7-8 attendees and 1 veteran trial attorney “coach.” The attendees will perform 10-15 minutes of an opening/closing from a case they are currently working on—and will get immediate feedback from the veteran trial attorney “coach.” The more you put into this, the more you will get out of it. So please come prepared! We will have a TV set up in each of the breakout rooms so you will be able to—and we strongly suggest that you do—use the TV for your presentations (e.g., displaying pictures or documents or using a PowerPoint/Keynote/Prezzi presentation). Hand-held demonstrative exhibits are also highly encouraged.
After Hours
On Friday night, we will have “Dinner and Drinks with the Veterans,” during which we will have intimate and interactive conversations, discussing topics like “What it means to be a trial lawyer?”—and “How can young lawyers try more cases?”

**NTL Members-only event** (Please contact Lana Thornell for membership information)
End your Saturday by growing your vast legal network with sponsors, fellow attendees, veteran trial attorneys like Mark O’Mara, John Romano, Sara Williams, and many more. This is a perfect reception to develop your newfound relations over cocktails.

**Open to all conference attendees**

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