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Increase your performance of the fundamental stages of trial.

Train and practice with support from litigation experts and judges... when the results don't count

The annual WSBA Trial Advocacy Program offers a two-day trial-skills training from seasoned trial lawyers and a one-day mock trial two weeks later. This seminar is designed for attorneys working in the criminal or civil arena with little to no trial experience but a strong desire to become effective trial lawyers. Past participants commented that the seminar was "completely engaging and thought-provoking" and "entertaining, real-world skill development that every new lawyer should attend."

Topics in the seminar include:

  • Trial Ethics
  • Trial Notebook and Organization
  • Objections and Motions in Limine
  • Voir Dire
  • Opening and Closing Statements
  • Direct and Cross Examination

Save the date for TAP 2015

Oct. 23-24: Two-day seminar in Seattle and via webcast

Nov. 7: TAP Mock Trial in Seattle

Nov. 14: TAP Mock Trial in Spokane

Volunteer to be a TAP Mock Trial juror

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The trials are conducted by new lawyers and presided over by current court judges. Being a volunteer juror gives you the chance to view a trial as juror and support a new lawyers' real-world skill development as they argue either a mock criminal or civil case. Your participation is important to the success of TAP and greatly appreciated!

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Meet the TAP Planning Team

Eric Chavez, chair
Jonathan Yousling, chair-elect
Kate Allison
Emily Arneson
Amanda Davis
Paul Dec
Emily Foss
Nikki Gasper
Claire Kinantar
Marti McCaleb
Joseph Terrenzio
Rives White
Oscar Yang

Questions?

Contact newlawyers@wsba.org or call 206-239-2116.

Tap Volunteer Thank You

WSBA Thanks the following volunteers for their hard work in support the Trial Advocacy Program.


Steering Committee Members:
Kate Allison
Emily Arneson
Amanda Davis
Paul Dec
Emily Foss
Nikki Gasper
Claire Kinantar
Marti McCaleb
Joseph Terrenzio
Rives White
Oscar Yang

Seminar Faculty:
Todd Gardner
Sims Weymuller
Ben Carr
Craig Sims
James Gooding
Thomas Breen
Alexis Foster
Hon. Jack Nevin
Portia Moore
Felix Luna

Volunteer Judges:
Hon. Sam Cozza
Hon. Aimee Maurer
Hon. John Strohmaier
Hon. Judith Ramseyer
Hon. Beth Andrus
Hon. Janet Garrow
Hon. Michael Finkle