The Morgan Lewis Trial Academy—one of our firm's most important professional development opportunities for our more senior associates in litigation-focused practices—begins its biennial weeklong session today (April 21) at the ACE Conference Center near Philadelphia.
This year, the academy hosts 36 senior associates from the Litigation, LEPG, IP, Finance, and Antitrust practices, all of whom were selected by the course planners and practice group leaders to attend. This year's faculty includes more than 30 trial lawyers drawn from a variety of litigation-focused practice groups in our United States and London offices.
Participants will practice and refine their skills on opening/closing arguments and witness examinations and receive feedback from the faculty members, who will also lecture on and demonstrate trial techniques. During the final three days, concluding on April 28, participants will act as lawyers, witnesses, and jurors in full-day trials.
"Trial Academy is one of our firm's best traditions and represents our strong commitment to providing the best training opportunities possible to our associates," explained the course planner, Litigation partner John Goodchild (PH). "For the faculty and course planners, it is a tremendous opportunity not only to teach some of the skills we have learned in our careers, but also to get to know the next generation of great lawyers at Morgan Lewis even better. Plus, this year, we are particularly excited about the addition of new colleagues from Bingham McCutchen to our participant and faculty ranks."