KTLA Trial Academy: Jury Selection


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In 2018, KTLA Education Chair Russ Hazlewood developed a KTLA Trial Academy series.  This February 22-23, 2020 session is the second of the series and will address Jury Selection.  The KTLA Trial Academy will bring together a prestigious faculty panel with practicing attorneys wanting to advance and/or refresh their trial skills. The Academy will include hands-on experience and close interaction with faculty members to work on trial skills. 

2020 Trial Academy Faculty Members
Russ Hazlewood, Graybill & Hazlewood, LLC, Program Chair
Tony Atterbury, Brad Pistotnik Law
Hon. Monique Centeno, Sedgwick County District Court
Amy Fellows Cline, Triplett Woolf Garretson, LLC
Hon. Eric Commer, Sedgwick County District Court
Hon. Sean Hatfield, Sedgwick County District Court

Darin Hayes, Hutton & Hutton
Tina Huntington, Wall Huntington Trial Law
Kurt Kerns, Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White
Sean McGivern, Graybill & Hazlewood, LLC
Lisa McPherson, Triplett Woolf Garretson

Hon. Eric Melgren, U.S. District of Kansas
Anne Pankratz, Warner Law Offices
Lynn Preheim, Stinson LLP
Hon. Kevin Mark Smith, Sedgwick County District Court
Blake Shuart, Hutton & Hutton

Larry Wall, Wall Huntington Trial Law
Tom Warner, Warner Law Offices
Hon. William S. Woolley, Sedgwick County District Court

2020 Trial Academy Schedule (subject to change)

Saturday, February 22
9:00 - 9:05 a.m. | Welcome and Introduction | Russ Hazlewood
9:05 - 10:30 a.m. | Jury Selection Strategy| Panel
Discussion and small break-out sessions on what attorneys hope to accomplish during jury selection.

10:30 - 10:50 a.m. | Break

10:50 - 11:30 a.m. | Law of Jury Selection in State and Federal Courts | Blake Shuart
Overview of state and federal laws on jury selection, including striking for cause.

11:30 - 12:40 p.m. | Break for Lunch

12:40 - 1:30 p.m.  | Jury Selection Techniques | Tom Warner
Introduction to the various methods and tasks for communicating effectively in the jury selection process.

1:30 - 2:25 p.m. | Mechanics of Jury Selection| Panel
Presentation on the logistics of the voir dire processes in state and federal courts. 

2:25 - 2:40 p.m. | Review of Case #1 Facts | Russ Hazlewood
Explanation of various extraneous case facts on the plaintiff in Case #1. 

2:40 - 3:10 p.m. | Preparation Session for Strategy and Techniques Workshop
Students review the strategies covered and prepare their practice of jury selection strategy and technical skills. 

3:10 - 3:30 p.m. | Break

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Small Group Workshop: Strategy and Techniques| Faculty
Students break into groups of 3-5 to practice jury selection with faculty review and feedback.  

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Reception TBD

Sunday, February 23
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. | Review of Case #2 Facts | Russ Hazlewood
Explanation of various extraneous case facts on the plaintiff in Case #2. 

9:15 - 10:05 a.m. |Faculty Demonstration: Full Jury Selection |Faculty and Laypeople
Academy faculty members and laypeople will serve as potential jurors during a walk-through of a mock jury selection. 

10:05 - 12:00 p.m. | Small Group Workshops: Full Jury Selection |Faculty and Laypeople
Academy faculty members and laypeople will serve as potential jurors while Academy students walk-through a mock jury selection, followed by faculty feedback. 

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Break for Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Small Group Workshops: Full Jury Selection, cont. | Faculty and Laypeople  
Academy faculty members and laypeople will serve as potential jurors while Academy students walkthrough a mock jury selection, followed by faculty feedback.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Overview and Full-Group Discussion on Trial Academy Takeaways | Russ Hazlewood
Review and discussion of takeaways and key lessons learned from the Academy. 

KTLA is committed to providing quality continuing legal education to all who meet registration requirements.  Attorneys for whom the Trial Academy Registration fee poses a significant financial barrier may send written requests for scholarship consideration via the online registration link at right or to mkhaworth@ktla.org by no later than February 10. The written request should include the scholarship dollar amount requested, as well as a brief explanation of the basis for the request.

Space in the program is limited, and admission will be based on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you would like to nominate a fellow attorney to attend the Trial Academy, contact Mary Kate at KTLA at mkhaworth@ktla.org.  


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 13.00 General credits.


Sedgwick County Courthouse

525 N Main St
Wichita, Kansas 67203

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made by February 14 will result in return of fees paid minus $50 or $150 ($100 for the NITA materials for first-time attendees, if applicable, and a $50 administrative fee).

Registrants who do not provide notification by February 14 or register after that date 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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