American Bankruptcy Institute and Turnaround Management Association are pleased to present the 14th Annual Litigation Skills Symposium! This four-day Symposium offers insolvency practitioners and financial advisors a rare opportunity to gain critical skills in a unique learn-by-doing environment. The Symposium combines quality instruction with individualized critique, with the expert faculty demonstrating the specific advocacy skills necessary to be an effective practitioner. Participants will work in small groups, and their performances will be videotaped and evaluated by the faculty, who will provide invaluable feedback on technique, style and strategy. The workshops include live performances by lay and expert witnesses. The final-day mock trials will be held at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois in downtown Chicago.
The entire program is extremely work-intensive and interactive for both the attendees and faculty. Enrollment is limited to 24 lawyers in order to maximize the learning experience. There are also 12 openings for financial professionals, who will receive invaluable training on how to be an effective witness and will put their learned skills to work as witnesses during the final day trial. Approximately 18.25 hours of CLE/CPE credit are available.
What they said last year:
"This program was fantastic, and I am happy I completed it.... I would enthusiastically recommend the program to any associate looking for trial experience."
Lecture and demonstration topics will include:
- Introduction to Bankruptcy Litigation and Trial Preparation
- Direct Examination and Introducing Evidence
- Cross-Examination of Expert and Lay Witnesses
- Art of Persuasion/Trial Techniques to Win Your Case
- Tactics and Strategies
- Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility
- How to Be an Effective Expert Witness