John M. Buhlman, WeirFoulds LLP
Laura B. Stewart, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Looking for trial practice experience? Need mentoring and advice to help take your advocacy skills to the next level? The Advocates' Society's acclaimed Do a Trial! program offers the unique opportunity to test your trial skills in a real courtroom before a live judge.
You will work with an assigned co-counsel under the guidance of an experienced coach to develop trial strategy, prepare and examine witnesses, and be ready to deliver persuasive opening and closing statements. Judges and leading litigators will provide you invaluable feedback in real time throughout the program.
Stay for the post-program reception to celebrate and mingle with judges, coaches and fellow participants.
Spaces are limited, so book your spot today!
You will learn how to:
- Deliver powerful and persuasive opening and closing statements
- Prepare witnesses and lines of questioning with purpose
- Conduct an effective examination-in-chief and cross-examination
Please note that this program requires preparation based on a mock case file, which will be provided to you in advance of the program. Please ensure that you set aside enough time to prepare for the workshop, which may take up to a full day to prepare for, depending on your level of experience.
All in-person attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when not eating, drinking or presenting.
health and safety protocols remain subject to change as public health
measures in the Province of Ontario continue to evolve.