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Civ Lit trial skills course is back

The Civil Litigation Section has brought back the Effective Advocate Trial Skills Course (formerly an HCBA Civil Litigation Section program), which seeks to enhance the core trial advocacy skills of examining witnesses and presenting opening and closing arguments in a simulated trial setting. The course, which began on January 11, was offered free to new admittees and this year had 38 participants, many of whom have been licensed for years but hoped to sharpen their skills after the pandemic. The five-session course, which the section hopes to offer annually, ends with a mock trial session at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Thank you to Chad Snyder for facilitating the sessions, Professor John Sonsteng for providing materials, and Judge James Moore and other judges from the Hennepin County District Court for supporting this program.

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