Advanced Trial Advocacy


Dates: Monday, June 3 - Friday, June 7, 2019
Location: Blewett School of Law - University of Montana
Program Fee: Early Bird (by May 3) $995, Regular Rate (after May 3) $1250
Continuing Legal Education: Approximately 32 CLE credits, pending agenda finalization and CLE application

Registration coming soon!

For Registration Questions: Contact Sara Kryder, Blewett School of Law, at (406) 243-5730
For Program Questions: Contact Karen Stephan, Boone Karlberg P.C., at (406) 543-6646

The Advanced Trial Advocacy Program is a five-day intensive hands-on course in trial advocacy offering techniques and tips from jury selection to closing arguments. An outstanding group of Montana trial lawyers and judges will demonstrate skills and critique your performance.

Advanced Trial Advocacy topics include:

  • Effective Jury Selection
  • Compelling Opening Statements
  • Creating Dynamic Trial Visuals
  • Courtroom Communication Techniques
  • Basic Trial and Deposition Skills
  • Formulating a Direct Examination Strategy
  • Art of Cross Examination
  • Presenting and Attacking Expert Testimony
  • Persuasive Closing Arguments
  • Ethics Lecture

During the week, you will see demonstrations of trial skills by the faculty and have your performances videotaped and critiqued by them. You will try a case sometimes representing the plaintiff and sometimes representing the defendant. You will prepare and present voir dire, an opening statement, a closing argument, and conduct direct, cross, and redirect examinations of fact and expert witnesses. You will learn about effective jury selection and how to use visual aids to enhance your persuasiveness.

Course Study Case and Schedule

Example Case Summary
Example Case File
Example Schedule of Events

Registration Information

Enrollment is limited to 36 participants. When the 36 seats are filled, a waiting list will be kept in the event of cancellations.

This registration fee includes instruction, materials, and continental breakfast.

Refund Policy: A full refund is available if the cancellation is received by May 17, 2019. Cancellations will be refunded less a $100 processing fee if received after May 17, 2019. Cancellations will not be accepted after May 17, 2019. Attendee substitutions are welcomed.

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the generous donation from the Federal Bar Assocation, the Foundation of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Montana Chapter of ABOTA, there is a portion of scholarship assistance available to assist public interest lawyers. Public Interest Lawyers are defined as those lawyers working for a state or local prosecutors’ office, the Office of the Public Defender, for Montana Legal Services, for Tribal Government, or for a state agency if that lawyer is involved in trial work.

Depending on the number of qualified applicants, at most, scholarship assistance will offset one-half of the cost of the tuition amount.

To apply, the potential applicant should address a letter to Dean Paul Kirgis at the Blewett School of Law, with a copy to the Honorable Karen S. Townsend explaining 1) what you hope to get from attending this program, 2) how attending this program will enhance your ability to work in your current position, and 3) why your agency will not pay the registration fee. Applicants must also note that their respective agency or they themselves will be able to cover the rest of the tuition amount as well as other associated costs. To submit your application electronically, complete the 2019 Advanced Trial Advocacy Scholarship Application here.

The scholarship application deadline is Monday, April 1. A decision on awarding the scholarship will be made by Tuesday, April 10. Scholarship applicants are eligible for the early registration discount.

Confirmed Advanced Trial Advocacy Program Faculty for 2019 include:


Hon. Amy Eddy
Flathead County District Judge

Hon. Mike Menahan
Broadwater and Lewis & Clark County District Judge

Tony Gallagher
Federal Defenders of Montana

Hon. Mike Moses
Yellowstone County District Judge



A discounted block of rooms will be held at nearby hotels. More information coming soon.