Trial Run: Opening Statements



Join members online for the inaugural Trial Run Series program on August 13 and August 27! Registration is limited, so sign up now.

This first of its kind program allows members to gain practical skills and brainstorm through quick, productive workshops. If you sign up, you will have the chance to get feedback while working on your own opening statement for your own case. 

The Trial Run Series aims to improve the practice of trial law one case at a time by guiding participants through exercises targeting different skills. The Trial Run: Opening Statements will include two parts: a presentation outlining the how-tos and best practices for opening statements, followed at a later date by a workshop in which participants will workshop their own opening statements. 

Attorneys of all experience levels will be benefit from participation, through practicing openings for an upcoming case with feedback, working on new skills or brushing up on rusty ones, and providing practical feedback to peers. 

Since this is the "trial run" of the Trial Run Series, registration for Opening Statements will be free for registrants (up to 16). Registrants will agree to participate in both the presentation and workshop portions of the program and will be asked to provide thorough feedback about the experience to help with the planning for future Trial Run programs. 


August 13, Noon - 1 p.m. | Trial Run Presentation: Opening Statements 

12 – 12:05 p.m.: Introductions | Heather Lottmann

12:05 – 12:50 p.m.: Presentation: Opening Statements |Kahlie Hoffman

12:50 – 1:00 p.m.: Q & A | Heather Lottmann


August 27, 10 a.m. - 1:05 p.m. | Trial Run Workshops: Opening Statements

10 – 10:05 a.m.: Introductions | Heather Lottmann
Breakout Group Workshops | Caroline Gurney, Kahlie Hoffman, Heather Lottmann, Rachel Smith, Moderators
Each workshop will include approximately 15 minutes for the presenting participant's case introduction and opening statement, followed by full-group feedback and discussion of opening statement principles. 

10:05 – 10:35: Participant 1 Workshop

10:35 – 11:05: Participant 2 Workshop

11:05 – 11:15: BREAK

11:15 – 11:45: Participant 3 Workshop

11:45 – 12:15: Participant 4 Workshop

12:15 – 12:25: BREAK

12:25 – 12:55: Participant 5 Workshop

12:55 – 1:05: Wrap-up discussions and takeaways | Heather Lottmann

Don't miss this opportunity to attend a complimentary, innovative program to set the course for the Trial Run Series and workshop your opening statements!


This program has been approved for credit in the following jurisdiction(s):

Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission

Credit has been approved with the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission for 4.50 General credits.



Webinar details and presentation materials will be emailed to participants prior to August 13. 

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