CAALA Plaintiff Trial Academy (PTA) 2017


A Civil Trial College for CAALA Attorney Members Only

The CAALA Plaintiff Trial Academy provides newer trial lawyers with intensive training from accomplished trial lawyers to teach advanced techniques in trial preparation and trial practice. Faculty demonstrations and student exercises encompass all aspects of civil trial, from effective pre-trial preparation to convincing closing arguments.

Designed for plaintiff trial attorneys with 3 or more years of practice, the program consists of 15 days of intense instruction, videotaped student performances, followed by critiques from the faculty.

Registration is limited to 36 students and all applicants will be screened for qualification. Note, payment in full is required to submit your application. If you are not selected to attend the academy, you will receive a full refund immediately.

Applicants will be notified if they are selected by April 24, 2017.


Invited faculty will consist of leading trial lawyers from CAALA, including:

Mike Alder Genie Harrison
Jack Denove Arash Homampour
David deRubertis Jill McDonell
Gary Dordick Gretchen Nelson
Conal Doyle Robert Simon
Ricardo Echeverria and
Jeff Ehrlich Hon. Daniel Buckley
Maryann Gallagher  


Class Schedule

Pre-Trial Preparation
Monday, May 8: 6pm - 9pm
Wednesday, May 10: 6pm - 8pm

Voir Dire
Monday, May 15: 6pm - 8pm
Wednesday, May 17: 6pm - 9pm
Saturday, May 20: 9am - 12pm

Opening Statements
Monday, May 22: 6pm - 8pm
Tuesday, May 23: 6pm - 9pm
Thursday, May 25: 6pm - 9pm

Plaintiff's Case in Chief
Monday, June 5: 6pm - 9pm

Defendant's Case in Chief
Wednesday, June 7: 6pm - 9pm

Closing Arguments
Monday, June 12: 6pm - 8pm
Wednesday, June 14: 6pm - 9pm
Saturday, June 17: 9am - 12pm

Preserving Issues for Appeal
Monday, June 19: 6pm - 8:30pm

What is a Good Trial Lawyer?
Wednesday, June 21: 6pm - 8:30pm

Planning Committee

Chair: Mike Arias
Co-Chairs: Michael Cohen, Minh Nguyen, Christa Ramey, Douglas Silverstein

MCLE Credit: 40 Hours



CAALA Conference Center
800 W. 6th Street, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90017


CAALA Conference Center, Los Angeles, CA

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will be accepted in writing through April 25, 2015. Refunds, less a $50 cancellation fee, will be given for all cancellations received by the deadline. Refunds will not be made for cancellations received after the deadline date. 
Send all requests for cancellations, refunds or substitutions to: