Training DC’s Legal Aid Attorneys: Promoting Client Success
We are dedicated to supporting trainings and technical assistance that keep DC’s civil legal aid community comprised of highly-qualified, effective attorneys.
The most recent was last month’s Building Trial Skills training in the District, led by Administrative Law Judge Sharon E. Goodie of DC Office of Administrative Hearings and Sidley Austin LLP Partner Jeffrey Senger, both volunteers for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Participating attorneys practiced opening statements, direct and cross examinations, closing arguments, objections, and admitting evidence after learning best practices from experienced faculty representing a variety of litigation practices.
At the end of the week, attendees participated in a mock trial at the US District Court, where each had the chance to show off the critical skills and techniques they had developed. The training, while intensive, ensures that the students are learning by doing and that they are developing their careers with expert mentors along the way.
Tags: Issue 36 (July 2019)