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Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop

Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop
This workshop offers 3½ days of comprehensive trial advocacy training. It includes presentations, small group and class exercises, and instructor-led demonstrations. Instruction is focused on the experience levels and needs of the participants. Performing daily and repeatedly, participants will be videotaped and given constructive critiques by experienced instructors. This course is limited to 35 newer Deputy District Attorneys and Deputy City Attorneys with 0-20 jury trials (total). (Interested parties who are not Deputy District Attorneys or Deputy City Attorneys may not register without prior approval. Email Suzanne Hunter at shunter@cdaa.org to request to register. All exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.) PLEASE NOTE: There is required reading for this seminar. Registrants will be emailed a link to the materials prior to the training.

Date & Location

February 26-March 1, 2019
Chapman University Fowler School of Law
Orange, California


Voir Dire • Opening Statement • Direct Examination • Cross Examination • Closing Argument • Objections • Introducing & Marking Exhibits • Courtroom Presence • Difficult Witnesses • Ethics • Small Group Exercises

MCLE Hours

The workshop is certified for 22.5 MCLE hours, including 1.5 hours of Ethics credit.


Chapman University School of Law is located at 370 North Glassell Street in Orange. 


The block of rooms reserved at the Doubletree by Hilton Anaheim-Orange County at 101 The City Drive in Orange.  To make a reservation at the special CDAA rate of $140 single/double occupancy, click HERE or call 1-800-HILTONS by Monday, February 4, 2019. Make your reservation early, as rooms may sell out before this date.

Parking and Shuttle

CDAA has secured a reduced parking rate at the Doubletree: Self-parking is $10; valet parking is $20. 

For information on visitor parking at Chapman University, click HERE.  Parking at Chapman University is approximately $5/day.

There are several shuttle services that offer transportation from/to the John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA) for approximately $15 each way. You need not make a reservation for shuttle service from the airport to the Doubletree Hotel. NOTE: Daily transportation to and from Chapman University will not be provided by CDAA.


Registrations received by February 12, 2019 will qualify for the early registration rate of $280.
Registrations received after February 12, 2019 will be at the regular registration rate of $320.

All registrants should note that cancellations must be received in writing by February 12, 2019 to avoid the $49 cancellation fee.

Please see CDAA’s Cancellation Policies and General Registration Information. https://www.cdaa.org/training/cancellation-policy


There are a limited number of travel scholarships available for this seminar. To apply for a scholarship, click HERE , complete, and submit the a Scholarship Request Form by January 26, 2019.


Click HERE for the agenda.

CDAA Contact

Suzanne Hunter shunter@cdaa.org 
2/26/2019 9:00 AM - 3/1/2019 1:00 PM
Chapman University Fowler School of Law 370 North Glassell Street Orange, CA
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