The Black Law Students Association Alumni Committee of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia is pleased to present the 2014 Spring Break Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute (Institute). The Institute seeks to help students cultivate effective trial advocacy skills and explore indigent criminal defense work. The program consists of a week of workshops on how to conduct opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments. In addition, students will learn how to develop theories of defense, master the rules of evidence, and impeach witnesses at trial. At the end of the program, students will participate in full-length mock trials presided over by Superior Court judges.
The Institute will be held March 10 – March 14, 2014. The program is free of charge to students, although students are expected to provide their own transportation and lodging.
To apply, you must be a member of your school’s Black Law Students Association and commit to the entire program.
Please submit your application electronically by clicking here. As part of your application, describe your criminal defense interest and trial advocacy experience in less than two pages, and attach a copy of your current resume. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, February 28, 2014.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Legal Recruiting Director, Jennifer Thomas, at Jenthomas@pdsdc.org or (202) 824-2337.
To view this as a pdf, click here: BLSA_Intensive_Trial_Advocacy_Program_Flyer.