KTLA's 2018 Trial Academy


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KTLA Education Chair Russ Hazlewood developed a KTLA Trial Academy that will be hosted at the KU Law School on August 4-5, 2018.  This session is expected to be the first of a three-part series, the completion of which will result in a certification of completion.  The KTLA Trial Academy brings together a prestigious faculty panel (see below) with practicing attorney students wanting to advance and/or refresh their trial skills. 

The students will be given case materials developed by NITA (the National Institute for Trial Advocacy).  These include simulated case folders for each side of a litigation matter.  After a short lecture, the students will break out into rooms with faculty members to participate in drills where they will be challenged to take direct examination of witnesses and cross-examine witnesses in a controlled environment.  Students will be challenged to lay a foundation for and introduce exhibits; make and defend objections; establish key facts; and develop an understanding of courtroom logistics.  Faculty will give immediate feedback and advice. 

Space in the program is limited, and admission will be based on a first-come, first-served bases.  If you would like to nominate a fellow attorney, contact KTLA at info@ktla.org.  

  • What: KTLA Trial Academy, a two-day program for practicing lawyers seeking to improve their trial skills as students.  
  • Where: KU Law School (co-hosting) in Lawrence
  • When: Saturday, August 4 - Sunday, August 5.  A welcome reception will take place the evening of Friday, August 3.
  • Who: Anyone who wants to improve and practice trial skills: new attorneys, attorneys who want a jury trial refresher, etc.  Attorneys who have tried a few cases but less than ten total may benefit most.  KU Law Trial Association student members will be invited to observe effective jury trial skills.  See below for a list of the prestigious faculty.
  • Details: The Trial Academy registration will be $615, including 14.5 CLE credit hours; refreshments and meals during the conference days; printed materials (NITA books); and a welcome reception the evening of August 3. 

For anyone for whom the conference registration rate will be a burden, please let us know if you would like to request a scholarship and in what amount.  We will be asking for donations from KTLA members who are able to invest in the profession and give back to help improve attorneys’ trial skills. 

REGSITER TODAY through the link at right, or nominate attorneys to attend, including any scholarship requests, by contacting KTLA at info@ktla.org.

KTLA Trial Academy Faculty:
Debra Barnett, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Kansas
Matt Birch, Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman
Tim Finnerty, Wallace Saunders
Lynn Johnson, Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman
Hon. Eric Melgren, U.S. District Judge, District of Kansas
Lumen Mulligan, KU School of Law
Bob Pottroff, Pottroff & Karlin, LLC
Lynn Preheim, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Jason Roth, Roth Davies LLC
Tom Warner, Warner Law Offices


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 14.50 General credits.


University of Kansas School of Law and The Oread Hotel
KU Law School: 1535 W 15th St, Lawrence, KS 66045
The Oread Hotel (Welcome Reception) 1200 Oread Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66044
(785) 843-1200

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made by close of business July 20 will result in return of fees paid minus a $50 administrative fee.


Registrants who do not provide notification by July 20 and do not attend the program will not be granted a refund. In these instances, registrants may transfer their registration to another individual.

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