Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
San Diego, CA
As a participant in Building Trial Skills you will use NITA’s learning-by-doing method to practice and perfect your skills in the challenging arts of trial advocacy and persuasion.
In a simulated trial setting you will be performing:
· Opening statements and closing arguments
· Direct & cross-examinations
· Voir Dire
· Persuasion skills: thinking on your feet
· Motions practice
· Case strategy/Thinking through your case
Following your live and videotaped performances you will be given feedback and critique from the renowned NITA faculty. Also on site to provide feedback is a team of legally trained communication specialists who focus on using "audience based" comunication tools. To conclude the program you will execute a full jury trial, once as counsel and once as a witness. Whether you are a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, Building Trial Skills will change the way you approach trials, improving your performance exponentially.
*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation
Special Guest Faculty
San Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Univ of San Diego Schl of Law
San Diego, CA
Allen C. Snyder
Mr. Snyder directs the following programs: Deposition Skills: Pacific; Deposing the Expert Witness; Building Trial Skills: Pacific
Allen Snyder is a Law Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches primarily in the live client clinics and related skills classes such as Interviewing and Counseling, Negotiations, Trial Skills and Mediation.
He has received awards and recognition for his law school teaching over the years. Allen has also taught with NITA and directed NITA programs for over 15 years. In addition he has taught trial and other legal skills to lawyers, judges and law students in numerous international settings including: UK, Italy, Australia, China (PRC), China (HK), Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Spain.
Before beginning his academic work, Allen worked both as a commercial litigator and a Legal Services attorney where his client were primarily people with mental disabilities.
Mary Jo Barr
San Diego County Public Defender
San Diego, CA
Mary Jo Barr
Mary Jo began her practice in 1986 in San Diego, California, as an associate with a small plaintiffs and criminal defense firm. In 1989, Mary Jo joined the Office of the Public Defender for San Diego County where she was a member of the team responsible high profile media cases and homicides. There she developed relationships with local and national media representatives. Mary Jo’s experience as a trial lawyer and as a teacher made her the natural selection to be the office’s training deputy.
Her interest in teaching began when she was awarded a Prettyman fellowship at Georgetown School of Law School in 1988. Although she chose trial work over academics, she has been teaching since 1992. Mary Jo began teaching with NITA in the regional trail skills programs. Since her début with NITA she has been teaching trials skills, deposition skills, teacher training, and motion practice for NITA at regional, custom, and international programs. She has been the program director for both trials skills and deposition programs, and she is the co-director of the annual trial skills program Pacific Regional in San Diego.
Mary Jo has taught lawyers and judges in Nigeria on behalf of the United States Department of Justice, in Japan for the Osaka Bar Association, in Canada for the Canadian Society for Advocacy and at the firm Borden,Ladner,and Gervais, and in both Ireland and Northern Ireland on behalf of NITA.
Mary Jo has also served as an adjunct professor at California School of Law and the University of San Diego School of Law in their advocacy programs.
Christopher T. Whitten
SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA IN MARICOPA COUNTY
125 West Washington, Courtroom 201
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Hon. Christopher T. Whitten is a general jurisdiction trial court judge on the Superior Court of Arizona. Before his appointment to the bench in 2006, he was a trial lawyer for fifteen years, is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA) and was certified by the Arizona State Bar as a specialist in serious injury and wrongful death litigation. He was a partner at Whitten Berry PLLC immediately prior to taking the bench.
He is the current Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s National Conference of State Trial Judges. As an ABA member Judge Whitten has served as the state trial judge conference’s liaison to the Commission on the American Jury Project, the Coalition for Justice, the Trial Court Time Standards Committee and the Advisory Group for Language Access to State Courts. He has also worked as part of the Judicial Division’s ad hoc committee reviewing proposed changes to the Model Code of Judicial Conduct for Judicial Disqualification and is the co-editor of the JD RECORD. He also represents his judicial colleagues from Maricopa County on the board of directors of the Arizona Judges Association.
Judge Whitten has taught as an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, at Louisiana State University School of Law and at the Phoenix School of Law. He sits on the board of directors for the Arizona Trial College and regularly works with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy both nationally and internationally. He also frequently works with the University of San Diego, the Trans-Border Institute, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California and the Conference of Western Attorneys General training fellow Judges and lawyers in Mexico as they reform their judicial process.
Judge Whitten sits on committee that reviews ethical complaints made against lawyers for the Arizona State Bar and serves as the co-chair of the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Committee.
Away from the bench, he has enjoyed serving his community as a board member for many organizations, including the Arizona Foundation for Blind Children, the Arizona School for the Arts, the Recreational Association of Madison Meadows and Simis, St. Thomas Moore Society and the Brophy Lacrosse Club. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Ann, for over twenty three years. Together, they house, feed and chauffeur two teenage sons, Tom and Charlie. Judge Whitten and his sons recently were part of a team that successfully led a group of thirteen blind hikers on a marathon twenty-four mile trek from rim to rim across the Grand Canyon.
Melrose Law Center
Kathleen B. Cannon
Attorney, Vista, California
Kathleen Cannon has been a criminal defense attorney for over 30 years. Until 2012, she was a public defender. Since then she has enjoyed having a small criminal law practice. She began her legal career in Los Angeles and worked in all facets of criminal defense. In 1989, Kathleen joined the newly-formed Public Defender Office in San Diego. Most of her years there were spent handling high profile and capital cases. She was also a Branch Supervisor and training officer for new attorneys. Kathleen is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Public Defenders Association (CPDA) and one of its past-Presidents. On behalf of CPDA, she helps coordinate training programs throughout the state. For more than twenty years, she has been an adjunct professor at California Western School of Law teaching trial practice. Also, she has been a team leader and faculty member of many NITA programs around the country. Kathleen has received a number of awards during her career, including, in 2012, a Lifetime Achievement Award from CPDA; in 2002, she was named Attorney of the Year by the North County Bar Association, and Public Defender of the year by the San Diego County Public Defenders’ Office. And, in 2010, the San Diego Transcript named her among the top ten criminal attorneys in San Diego.
Kathleen lives in Vista with her husband, Dick Eiden, and their two children, Katrina and Joncannon. Her stepson, Demian Wyman, is a sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department and lives in L.A. with his wife and Kathleen’s grandson, Collin.
Contact info: Kathleen Cannon, Melrose Law Center, 380 South Melrose Drive, Ste 300, Vista, CA 92081; 760-845-2520; email@example.com
Alfred Lutwyche Chambers
BRISBANE QLD, Australia
Jane is a barrister at the private Bar in Queensland, Australia. She began her association with NITA in 2008 and aims to complete her NITA Master Advocate Designation in 2011.
Admitted to practice in both the Queensland Supreme Court & the High Court of Australia, her practice focuses on commercial litigation for statutory and private sector clients, with particular expertise in professional indemnity insurance advising solicitors, accountants & medical professionals. In 2003, as the senior Legal Counsel for a leading software provider, she advised on a gamut of legal issues including intellectual property, licensing, mergers & acquisitions & risk management as well as a wide range of commercial, contractual, industrial, litigation & corporate issues.
Jane has also managed to entwine into her legal career her love of sport (especially rugby union) and advised corporate clients on a broad spectrum of issues which impact upon office holders, administrators, players & spectators. In addition, Jane worked with sporting organisations, administrators & coaches to provide risk management advice & training seminars to sporting bodies & non-profit organisations. She has also lectured & tutored at the Centre for Physical & Sports Education & the Centre for Rugby Studies on issues including contract law, torts, consumer principles, the Trade Practices Act & risk management. She has published in many of these areas & presents at seminars, conferences & universities, before various corporate bodies, clients, special interest groups, school groups & students.
In addition to her practice at the Bar, she has lectured in advocacy for a number of years at the College of Law teaching legal practitioners entering the profession and at the Bar Practice Course for those wishing to qualify to be called to the Queensland Bar. She also offers consultancy services to firms and individual practitioners focussing on advocacy skills.
Education and Memberships
• B. Business (Accountancy)/ LLB (Queensland University of Technology, 1997)
• Advanced Diploma Stage & Screen Acting (The Actors Conservatory)
• National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) post graduate summer intensive
• Member Queensland Bar Association
• Associate Member American Bar Association
• Member LEADR – Association of Dispute Resolvers
San Diego Cnty Superior Court
B.A in Accounting, San Diego State University
J.D., California Western School of Law
Michael Washington is committed to advancing the profession by sharing his experience and knowledge in trial advocacy. He has taught the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s basic and advanced trial skills and deposition programs since 1998. This year he served as Co-Director of the Southern California basic trial skills regional. He has been a Team Leader at NITA’s National Session in Colorado, as well as the Pacific, Southern California, and Midwestern regionals. He was also Co-Director of the PowerPoint for Litigators program. Michael has also been a faculty member at the Western and Southwestern regionals, and Teacher Training in San Francisco. He is also in demand to teach at custom advocacy programs for civil litigation, child advocacy, public service and insurance defense firms and organizations. From 2007 to 2010, Michael was co-presenter of NITA sponsored trial skills sessions at the National Bar Association’s annual conference.
Michael is a senior felony trial attorney with the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office. His current caseload includes all types of felony crimes including capital murder cases, and he conducts up to nine felony jury trials a year. In addition to his work at the Public Defender’s office, in 2003 he joined the University of San Diego School of Law as an adjunct professor teaching advanced trial advocacy, deposition and negotiation skills. From 1994 to 2002, he coached the Mock Trial Teams at California Western School of Law. He was named the Outstanding Public Lawyer by the Bar Association of North San Diego County in 2000.
Since 2010, Michael has taught advocacy skills internationally to judges and lawyers in Monrovia, Liberia and Nairobi, Kenya as a teacher sponsored by the NITA Foundation, and co-sponsored by the State Department and Lawyers Without Borders.
Michael is supported in all of this by his wife, Vanessa, and his three children, Cynthia, Annette and Malcolm.
Off. of Atty Gen, San Diego
San Diego, CA
San Diego Dist Atty Ofc
San Diego, CA
Los Angeles Superior Court
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
Southern District Court
San Diego, CA
Gair Gair Conason et al
New York, NY
NITA Trustee: 2009-present
Education: Boston University, magna cum laude with distinction, 1978, Phi Beta Kappa; Hofstra Law School; Juris Doctor, 1981 Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Practice
Present position: Partner, Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz
Previous positions: He has served as an instructor for a host of organizations that include: adjunct professor of law, Hofstra Law School, course-Advanced Trial Techniques; adjunct professor of law, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, course-advanced Trial Techniques; Harvard Law School, Trial Advocacy Workshop, 1991-present, faculty member; Hofstra Law School, Trial Techniques Program, 1982-present, faculty, member; Cardozo Law School, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, 1986-present, faculty member; Emory Law School, Trial Advocacy Program, 1984-1988, faculty member; Pace Law School, Trial Techniques; National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1982-present; Team Leader, north east program (NITA), 1982-present; Team Leader National Program, NITA, Boulder, CO, 1991, 1997, 2000; Team Leader, MFY Legal Services, NYC, 2007; Harvard Teacher Training Program, NITA, 2007.
Organizations/Honors/Awards: New York State Bar Association; New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Dean; New York County Lawyers Association; The American Trial Lawyers Association; American Board of Trial Advocates, New York City chapter, past President; The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow; and International Society of Barristers, Fellow; Chair, Masters of the Art of Trial Advocacy Program, New York State Trial Lawyers Association; Chair, New York State Bar Association program on Construction Site Accidents; Listed in Best Lawyers in America; Listed in New York “Superlawyers” (one of the top 100 lawyers); and appeared as legal expert on Court TV.
Recent Writings/Publications: Co-author of Trial Advocacy column, New York Law Journal; The Cross Examination of the Defense Economist, October 31, 2008; The Art of Jury Selection: Working with Challenges, August 29, 2008; Getting the Big Picture: Using Exhibits Throughout a Trial, July 31, 2008; Prep is Key to Cross-Examining Medical Witness, May 29. 2008; Redirect Examination, November 29, 2007; Proving Damages in a Wrongful Death Case, October 23, 2007; Jury Selection: Time Constraints and Weaknesses in Cases, August 29, 2007; Using Operative Terms From Jury Charge in Cross-Exam, July 26, 2007; Authoritative Texts From Jury Charge in Cross-Exam, July 26, 2007; Authoritative Texts and Cross-Exam of Medical Experts, June 7, 2007; Hypothetical Questions on Cross, December 29, 2006; The Use of Hypothetical Questions as Weapons at Trial, October 31, 2006; Common Mistakes and Simple Remedies, September 21, 2006; Introduction of Exhibits in Civil Cases, July 25, 2006; Continuing to Try Your Case After the Summations, May 4, 2006; “Compendium of Trial Advocacy Drills,” by Robert Stein and Ben Rubinowitz, NITA, 2006;
Recent Lectures: North Shore/LIJ Hospital, Cross Examination of the Forensic Psychiatrist, April 18, 2008; St. John’s Law School, Mastering the Art of Cross Examination, April 11, 2008; Suffolk County Bar Association, Directed Cross Examination Skills, April 8, 2008; Winter Urologic Forum Scientific Program, State of the Art Urology, Lecture: Issues in Medical Malpractice sponsored by the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine; N.Y.S.T.L.I., 2008; Chair, Masters of the Art of Trial Advocacy, January 16, 2007, February 26, 2007, and March 19, 2008; N.Y.S.T.L.A., Trial Practice, 2007; Chair, Construction Site Accidents: The Law and The Trial, New York State Association, 2007 and December 2008; Social Security Disability Law Forum, Cross Examination of Medical Experts, N.Y.C., 2007; Update on Trucking Litigation and Claims, N.Y.S.B.A., 2006; Kings County Bar Association, Jury Selection Seminar, 2006; Bronx County Bar Examination, Lecture, How to Cross Examine an Expert, 2006; A.T.L.A., Thinking Inside the Box: Jury Selection and Opening Statement Seminar, April 21-22, 2006, Austin, TX; Cross Examination, Bronx County Bar Association, April 19, 2006; Masters Class in Jury Selection, Brooklyn Bar Association, April 3, 2006; Chair, Cross Examination Seminar, N.Y.S.T.L.A., 2000-present; Jury Selection Seminars, N.Y.S.T.L.A., 2000-present; National CLE Program, 1999-present; National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Team Leader, teaching attorneys trial advocacy, 1982-present.
Admissions: New York, 1982; U.S. District Court, Eastern & Southern Districts of New York, 1982
Clark Hunt Ahern & Embry
William J. Hunt
NITA Trustee: 2013-present
William J. Hunt, Chairman of the Litigation Department of Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry, has been a civil trial lawyer for all of his professional life.
For over 40 years, he has tried and settled impact lawsuits, protecting the rights of individuals, companies and organizations. Early in his career, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, he drafted the first statute for The Federated States of Micronesia, which established that new nation’s territorial waters. Later in his career, as a Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania, he won the first reported case to help determine under what circumstances the state may be sued. After helping found Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry, he won important federal cases establishing the rights of disabled students in a university setting and protecting the rights of individual landowners in the context of cell tower construction.
In recent years, Mr. Hunt has helped injured clients recover millions of dollars for their injuries. He has tried cases throughout the northeast. In recognition of his accomplishments, he has been elected to two of the most prestigious legal honorary societies, the International Society of Barristers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He holds an “AV” rating (highest rating) from Martindale Hubbell and has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer, as published annually by Boston Magazine. He has been honored by various groups for his work on behalf of disabled individuals.
His commitment to legal education is internationally known. Mr. Hunt is an adjunct faculty member for the trial advocacy programs at Emory University and the University of San Francisco. He is on the USF Intensive Advocacy Program Advisory Committee and has been honored by the USF advocacy program with the Excellence in Teaching Award. He is a program director, team leader and instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) in many cities throughout the United States and many nations abroad, including the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Republic of Palau. Under the auspices of NITA and the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA-CEELI) he designed the first ever trial advocacy programs for the former Soviet republics served by ABA-CEELI and ran the first trial advocacy and advocacy teacher training programs in Chisinau, Moldova and Istanbul, Turkey, respectively. He inaugurated the first trial advocacy training program for prosecutors in Bosnia and was invited twice by the Japan Federated Bar Association to assist in the training of Japanese attorneys involved in the new Saiban-In jury trial system. In recognition of these efforts he has been honored by NITA with the Robert E. Keeton Faculty Award for professionalism and ethics.
Professional Organizations: He is a member of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Bar Associations and a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). Active in his community, he is Chair of the Town of Topsfield Board of Health.
Education: He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dickinson College and a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School.
James R Gailey & Associates PA
Miami Beach, FL
James Gailey has been a trial attorney for over 30 years and an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for over 25 years. He has served as a NITA faculty member throughout the United States and in 2013 he received the 2012 Robert E. Keeton Award for his contributions as a NITA faculty member. He has served as lead instructor in numerous international trial advocacy programs in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova and Mexico and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami School of Law. He has served as a member of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council and was selected to become a Fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation. Additionally he has briefed and argued before the United States Supreme Court. His professional experience includes services as an Assistant United States Attorney and as the Federal Public Defender. While at the United States Attorney’s Office he was honored with the Department of Justice Special Achievement Award and a United States Attorney General’s Commendation. He was also a frequent faculty member at the Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute. He was the recipient of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Distinguished Achievement Award and recently he was selected for membership in the Iron Arrow Honor Society which is the highest honor bestowed by the University of Miami.
Almanzar & Youngers PA
Santa Fe, NM
Joleen K. Youngers
Joleen K. Youngers is a civil litigator with Almanzar & Youngers, P.A., in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her practice focuses on cases involving civil rights, employment discrimination, harassment and whistleblowing. While she primarily represents plaintiffs, she also represents employers to defend and prevent employment and civil rights claims. A significant part of Ms. Youngers’ practice involves representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
In addition to her litigation practice, Joleen Youngers mediates cases for others and serves as a guardian ad litem for children and incompetent persons in personal injury and civil rights litigation.
Several times a year, she escapes it all to go teach NITA trial practice and deposition skills classes.
Walkup Melodia Kelly et al
San Francisco, CA
Ms. Cheng directs the following program: Advocacy Teacher Training: San Francisco
Ms. Cheng joined the Walkup firm in 1998 after a distinguished academic career at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Her areas of concentration include wrongful death, catastrophic injury, government liability, medical negligence, premises liability, sexual molestation and vehicular negligence. She has prosecuted cases throughout California and in the Federal District Courts. She has tried cases to verdict in multiple Northern California counties. She has experience in trial, mediation and arbitration.
A graduate of the University of California at Davis, Ms. Cheng attended USF School of Law, from which she graduated with distinction as a Public Interest Law Scholar. In 1997, she served as an extern law clerk to the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong, United States District Judge for the Northern District of California.
Ms. Cheng is also active in local bar affairs. She has been elected to membership on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Board of Governors of the University of San Francisco School of Law. She has also served as Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barrister’s Club newsletter. She is active in the American Inns of Court, having served as Program Chair and Secretary-Treasurer of the USF Inn of Court. She serves on the teaching faculty and the Executive Committee for the University of San Francisco School of Law’s Intensive Advocacy Program.
Ms. Cheng currently serves as the assistant Program Director for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Western Region Teacher Training Program and has taught trial advocacy for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at its Western Regional and Pacific Region Trial Skills programs. She also serves on the faculty of Emory University’s Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program in Atlanta, Georgia.
She is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California.
Juan Garcia de Acevedo Chavez
Juan García de Acevedo Chávez
Professor García de Acevedo is a graduate of the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City and currently teaches criminal law and procedure at Universidad Panamericana School of Law. While studying law, he worked in various legal offices (1988-1991) and in the Sixty-Second Criminal Court of the Federal District, where he was an auxiliary of the Secretary of Procedures and in the area of projects of final resolution (1991-1992). He has been an independent attorney since 1993, and has focused his professional practice in criminal law.
Law Ofc of Stacie L Patterson
San Diego, CA
Office of the Public Defender
San Diego, CA
B.A., Emory University
J.D., University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Los Angeles
Marian Gaston was first introduced to trial work while still in law school at Boalt Hall, when she prosecuted for the U.S. Attorney in San Francisco. After graduating in 1996 she embarked on a career in public defense for the County of San Diego, where she has belonged ever since.
Ms. Gaston has defended clients on an array of criminal charges from capital homicide to petty theft. She has also had the unique pleasure of litigating many California complex civil commitment trials, which involve the deposition and trial examination of competing experts.
Ms. Gaston teaches trial and deposition skills to diverse audiences of attorneys, from law firms to solo practitioners to deputies with the Department of Homeland Security. She has taught substantive law courses and litigation skills, including Advanced Trial Advocacy, at multiple law schools, and is regularly sought as a speaker for the California Bar Association, the California Public Defenders Association, and other organizations. Ms. Gaston trains new lawyers in her office on the practical skills necessary for litigation, with a special emphasis on good storytelling.
Office of the Public Defender
San Diego, CA
Kate Braner received her Bachelors’ degree from Bowling Green State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Honors in 1990. She earned her law degree from Yale Law School in 1993 where she was an editor on the Law Review. She was admitted to the Washington, D.C. Bar in 1993 and the California Bar in 1994.
After law school, she joined a Washington, D.C. firm specializing in white collar criminal appellate litigation. In 1994, she joined the San Diego County Public Defender Office where over the last seventeen years she has become an experienced trial attorney handling complex felonies including capital cases.
Most recently, she has been the Assistant Supervisor for the Central Misdemeanor Unit as well as Director of Internship and Post Bar Programs. She is also the Director of and instructor for “Trial Skills Academy”, a comprehensive trial advocacy program for new attorneys and post bar clerks for the Public Defender Office.
Ms. Braner has also been a participant in and instructor for NITA. She is a trial skills instructor for California Public Defender Association and a guest lecturer at University of San Diego School of Law, California Western School of Law, and Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she presents on substantive law topics, trial advocacy, and career development.
San Diego County Public Defend
San Diego, CA
Monique A. Carter
University of San Diego School of Law
J.D. received May 2005
Member of the California Bar, 2005-Present
Institute of International & Comparative Law, Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland, Summer 2003
Honors & Activities
Mock Trial Tournament: 2nd Place Plaintiff Team Overall, 2004
Pro Bono Legal Advocates: Trained mediator for small claims court, 2003-2004
Moot Court Board Associate Member: Alumni Torts Competition semi-finalist, 2003
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A., with high distinction, Political Science
Minors, English & International Affairs
Honors & Activities
Phi Beta Kappa
High Distinction (top 5%)
Dean’s Honor List, 1998-2001
Hubert & Louise Ostdeik Scholarship, 1999-2001
Virginia Haven & Smith Scholarship, 1998
Pi Sigma Alpha Vice President, 2001
San Diego County Public Defender, San Diego, CA. Attorney
Handle 140+ felony cases annually from start to finish. Negotiate cases with the District Attorney. Enter pleas on behalf of my clients. Write motions regarding Constitutional violations or other legal matters that arise during the course of the case. Construct mitigation motions for post-conviction matters. Attend numerous MCLE trainings annually. Conducted over 35 trials. (2005-Present)
The People v. Ryan W.: Utilized an accident reconstruction expert. The State charged two counts of assault with a deadly weapon (vehicle). The jury found not guilty on all counts.
The People v. Jeffrey H.: Retained and consulted with a gay and lesbian expert. The State charged various sex crimes. The jury hung on all counts. The case settled for 1 felony and 365 days custody on what started as a life case.
The People v. Sandy M.: Utilized a neurologist and biomechanics expert. The State charged child abuse with serious and violent allegations. Trial included direct and cross examination of highly skilled experts. The jury hung. The case
settled for a felony and credit for time served.
National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Nationwide. Trial Skills Instructor
Critique and advise practicing attorneys on conducting a trial from start to finish. Present lectures and demonstrations for each specific aspects of a trial. (2008-Present)
University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, CA. Adjunct Professor
Critique and teach law students on various aspects of conducting a trial from start to finish. Prepare lectures and demonstrations for each targeted section of a trial from week to week. (2012)
Perry, Guthery, Haase & Gessford, P.C., L.L.O., Lincoln, NE. Summer Legal Clerk
Assisted attorneys with legal research, writing memoranda, motions, and briefs. Contributed with deposition questioning. Drafted opinion letters on behalf of attorneys. Participated in courtroom proceedings. (2004)
Law Offices of Peter M Liss
University of California, Berkeley Law, Boalt Hall School of Law,1983 J.D.
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1980 B.A. History.
Peter has been a lawyer since 1983 and he has tried over 100 criminal jury trials. Peter is a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Specialties: Practice limited to criminal defense and related matters.
LAW OFFICES OF PETER M. LISS
1998 – Present (15 years)
Criminal Defense. State and Federal, Adult and Juvenile. All Felonies and Misdemeanors. DUI and DMV.
Public Defender San Diego County and Legal Aid Society of San Diego
1984 – 1998 (14 years)
Criminal defense of all misdemeanors and felonies including homicide and death penalty cases. Government benefits class action litigation.
United Farm Workers of America
1983 – 1984 (1 year)
Labor Law. Worked with Cesar Chavez at the UFW
Linda L Lane
San Diego, CA
Linda L. Lane
Partner San Diego
Linda Lane is a litigation partner in the San Diego office of Morrison & Foerster, LLP. Her practice focuses on product liability litigation with an emphasis on consumer products and aviation defense. She has successfully first-chaired jury trials to verdict and conducted several evidentiary arbitrations. Ms. Lane has argued numerous dispositive motions in both state and federal courts and has taken and defended many depositions of parties, expert witnesses, and third parties.
In addition to her litigation work, Ms. Lane regularly provides consultation and advice to intellectual property, business, and litigation clients regarding potential product liability exposure related to new or existing product lines. Since the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission approved the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA”), Ms. Lane has actively assisted many of the firm’s clients in ensuring that they are in compliance with the new, heightened regulatory requirements for consumer products.
Ms. Lane regularly publishes legal updates on a variety of litigation topics to keep her consumer product clients apprised of changes that will affect their businesses. She also presents frequently on product liability litigation topics at various forums.
Ms. Lane is a member of the board of directors for the MoFo Foundation and the Legal Aid Society of San Diego. Ms. Lane is an active member of the firm’s associate evaluation committee, women’s initiative committee, and recruiting committee. She was a lecturer and instructor at the University of San Diego’s Law School Post-Grad Oral Advocacy Skills Training Program (Fall 2012). In 2009, she received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California. Ms. Lane is recommended by Legal 500 U.S. in the area of “product liability and mass tort defense: consumer products.”
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Lane was an associate with Gray Cary Ware and Freidenrich LLP. From 1999 – 2000, she was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Lewis T. Babcock, Chief Judge of the United States District Court of Colorado, Denver. Ms. Lane is a native of San Diego and received her B.A. degree from the University of California, Irvine (1994), and her J.D. from the University of Colorado (Order of the Coif, 1998). During law school she was the case note/comment editor for the University of Colorado Law Review. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three young sons.
Fleming & Fell PC
La Jolla, CA
Bibianne Fell directs the following programs: Deposition Skills: Pacific; Deposing the Expert Witness.
Ms. Fell graduated magna cum laude from USD law school in 2004 where she was a member of the Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif. She previously attended UCSD, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
After law school, Ms. Fell worked at an insurance defense firm practicing in the areas of professional malpractice and employment law. From 2005 to 2008, she worked in the business litigation and employment law departments at Baker & McKenzie LLP. Ms. Fell now practices business litigation and employment law at Fleming & Fell PC.
From early in her career, Ms. Fell has integrated teaching into her practice. She has been a faculty member for NITA since 2008, teaches trial skills as an adjunct professor of law at her alma matter, and has assisted with ABOTA’s bi-annual Trial College.
Ms. Fell has received a number of professional awards and recognition including being twice named a Top Young Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript, a Rising Star by the Philippine American Business and Industrial Development organization, and being selected as the 2012-2013 Official Representative and Ambassador for the Filipino-American community in San Diego.
San Diego Superior Court
San Diego, CA
Hon. Judith Hayes
San Diego County Superior Court Judge
Appointment/Election: Appointed (succeeding Judge Judith L. Haller, elevated) by Governor Wilson March 8, 1995, and elected in subsequent election.
Other Judicial Office: Judge, Municipal Court, San Diego Judicial District, San Diego County. Appointed [succeeding Judge Richard M. Murphy, elevated] by Governor Deukmejian June 18, 1990 (oath June 19, 1990).
Past Employment: Deputy Attorney General, California State Deptartment of Justice, 1985 to 1990 (handled white collar fraud and defense of personal injury actions in state and federal courts in southern California). Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of California., San Diego, 1980 to 19885 (prosecuted mail and tax fraud cases). Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County, 1978 to 1980.
Memberships/Awards: Member California Judges Association., 1990 to 1999; San Diego County Judges Association, 1990 (President, 1996-97); San Diego County Bar Association., American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh chapter, Master, 1978 to present; ABTL Board of Governers 2010 to 2012.
Teaching/Lectures/Panelist: Adjunct Professor, University of San Diego School of Law, Trial Practice, 1994-97; Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1997 to 2000; NBI, What Civil Judges Want You to Know, 2010 to 2011.
Education: J.D. (1977), University of San Diego Law School, San Diego, CA.; B.A. (1970, Speech), Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Personal: Born October 28, 1948; Trenton, New Jersey; Married (Superior Court Judge); one child.
Interests: Enjoys Alaskan native culture studies.
Admission: Admitted to California Bar December 21, 1977.
Address: County Courthouse
P.O. Box 122724
San Diego, CA 92112-2724
Building Trial Skills: Pacific
* All states have different MCLE requirements. Please visit your state website, listed below, for additional state specific requirements such as applications, fees, and forms. CLE fees are not included in your tuition. If you do not attend the entire program, you may find your state will not give you any credit for only partial attendance.
|State||Total Credits||Ethics Credits||Status||Website|
|New Hampshire||Not Applied||www.nhmcle.org/ProviderArea...|
|New Jersey||Not Applied||www.njcourts.com/cle|
|North Carolina||Not Applied||www.nccle.org/|
|West Virginia||Not Applied||www.wvbar.org/|
You may check in for the program Friday, October 25 from 10:30am to 12:00pm. The program will begin promptly at 12:00pm and will conclude at 3:00pm on Friday, November 1. Registration will be held in the hotel lobby. The program will be held at the following location:
San Diego Mission Valley Hilton
901 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108
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Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Please contact the hotels directly for reservations and additional information.
San Diego Mission Valley Hilton
901 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108
Negotiated Room Rate: $185.00
Reservation Cut-off date: September 24, 2013.
Please state that you are part of the NITA room block.|
Personal Reservation Website: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/SANMVHF-NITAS1-20131022/index.jhtml
The San Diego Airport is about 10 minutes from the hotel. Shuttle services are available from the airport to the hotel for $15.00 or a taxi for approximately $20.00.
From San Diego Airport
Take Harbor Drive toward downtown (away from Point Loma)
Turn left on Laurel Street then turn left at India Street (3rd stoplight)
Follow India street and enter Interstate 5 north
Go East on Interstate 8
Exit Interstate 8 at Mission Center Road
Parking at the hotel is $10.00 per day for self parking and $18.00 per day for valet parking. Overnight guests at the hotel will have unlimited in/out privileges.
Program materials will be shipped approximately four weeks prior to program's start date from our fulfillment company LexisNexis. The materials packaging will be from LexisNexis not NITA so please watch out for this shipment. If you have any questions about your shipment please call LexisNexis at 1.800.833.9844.
If you sign up 2 weeks prior to the course you will receive the case file by e-mail and can pick up the textbook at the program.
Pre-program preparation requires that you become familiar with the FACTS associated with the case file and/or problems. In order to get the maximum benefit from the program, it is imperative that you prepare as much as possible in advance as time for preparation during the program is extremely limited. Please refer to the program schedule for assignment details to prepare for your performances in each workshop.
NITA will provide a complete continental breakfast each day to all participants. Some days, when working lunch sessions are scheduled, lunch will be provided. Other meals and all dinners are on your own. The hotel has two restaurants and room service.
Attendees are encouraged to wear "courtroom attire" during the program. Not only might a lawyer's appearance have an effect on the trier of fact, and is thus a matter of concern for the serious advocate, but it has been our experience that attendees dressed more formally than the usual CLE attire find themselves more easily “getting into character” and presenting a more polished performance. Dressing for court also provides each attendee with more realistic feedback when watching the recorded performances each day. On occasion, there may be a casual day during the program that will be announced on-site. The hotel has laundry service.
Materials are included in the price of tuition.