You're receiving this CLE and Events Notice as a member of the Criminal Law Section.



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The MSBA's Criminal Law Section along with Hamline
University School of Law Present


"Criminal Law Trial School"

Whether you are a prosecutor or defense counsel, new lawyer or old pro, private practitioner or public defender, trial advocacy in the criminal world is often the most exciting – and stressful – part of our practice. That makes sharpening your trial advocacy skills a must for any successful criminal lawyer. 

This day-long trial school will cover the basics of successful courtroom advocacy, while also covering strategies and tips from the best criminal trial lawyers, including defense lawyers from Joe Friedberg to prosecutors like Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, to high profile National Jury Selection Experts like Robert Hirschhorn.  This rare program will give you what you need to know to be a successful trial lawyer from the best in the business. 

The trial school will feature presentations on the important steps in trial preparation, the crucial keys to selecting a jury, how to deliver an effective opening and closing argument, the basics and strategy of direct and cross examination of witnesses, and how to advocate for your client at sentencing, should things not go the way you planned.  The Section has also planned the program to feature an interactive session with defense attorney Joe Friedberg and county attorney Pete Orput, who have battled before in the courtroom.

Click Here to view a detailed schedule of the day.


Manny Atwal, United States Federal Defender's Office

Patrick Cotter, Cotter Law Office

Kevin Devore
, Larson King

Joseph Friedberg  , Joseph Friedberg Chartered

Ryan Garry , Law Offices of Ryan Garry

Robert Hirschhorn , Cathy E. Bennett & Associates, Inc

Thomas Kelly, Kelly Law Office

Judge Daniel Mabley, Judge of Hennepin County District Court

Sarah MacGillis, MacGillis Law PA

Kate Menendez, United States Federal Defender’s Office

Murad Mohammad, Mohammad, Schiks and Jaafar, P.A.

Peter Orput , Washington County Attorney

Ryan Pacyga, Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense

Bob Sicoli, Law Offices of Robert D Sicoli Ltd

Joe Tamburino, Caplan & Tamburino, P.A.

6.5 hours of Standard CLE credits approved (175760)



Date:   Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time:    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location:   Hamline University School of Law
Klas Center - Kay Fredericks Ballroom
1536 Hewitt Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55104 [Directions] [Campus Map]

Parking - Attendees can park in any lot without a permit or paying fees on Thursday.  However, please do not park in marked reserved spots or the faculty/staff lot.  If you park in the visitor lot, you will still need to register your vehicle at the kiosk in the lot.  There is also underground parking at the Anderson Center, however, there is a charge of $1.50 per hour to park there. 

Registration and breakfast will be from 8:30am-9:00am. The program will begin sharply at 9:00am.

This program includes breakfast, lunch, and reception food and drinks.


Criminal Law Section Members:  $60.00
New Lawyer Section Members:  $60.00
Public and/or Legal Services Attorneys:  
Law Students:  
All Other Attendees:  $120.00

Teleconferencing is not available.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Nicole Battles, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336