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Trial Skills Section

Trial Skills Section

The Trial Skills Section is devoted to the art, science and practice of trial advocacy. The Section promotes the continuing advancement of trial skills of members of the legal community by the open exchange of ideas, continuing legal education, communication between the bar and bench, and the mutual respect and collegiality between members of the bar.

Section Meetings:

The Trial Skills Section generally meets at the Belo on the second Friday of each month for CLE presentations, which are free to our members. 


DBA Trial Academy

The Trial Academy is a hands-on civil trial skills training program intended to improve advocacy skills for solo and small firm lawyers licensed five years or less through a combination of lectures and demonstrations by seasoned attorneys and live exercises by participants. It is jointly sponsored by the Trial Skills Section and the Morris Harrell Professionalism Committee. Enrollment for 2015 is open, please contact Alicia Hernandez.
 
Videos of the lectures and demonstrations from the Trial Academy will be accessible by non-Trial Academy participants as they become available for viewing. The lectures and demonstrations cover voir dire, opening statements, direct examination, cross examination, and closing arguments. To watch the available Trial Academy Videos, click here.


Section News:

 

The DBA Trial Skills Section Invites You to

a special CLE event on Thursday, January 22, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.:

 

Nine Principles of Litigation--and Life

featuring

Michael Tigar

Duke University School of Law

MCLE 6.00

  Please mark your calendar to attend this great CLE!


2015 Section Officers:

Name: Robert Tobey
Officer Position: Chair and Board Advisor
Firm: Johnston + Tobey, P.C.
Firm Address: 3308 Oak Grove Avenue
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75204
Business Phone: 214.741-6260
Email: rltobey@johnstontobey.com

Name: Britta Stanton
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Lynn Tillotson Pinker and Cox, LLP
Firm Address: 2100 Ross Avenue, Suite 2700
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.981.3828
Email: bstanton@lynnllp.com

Name: John Cox
Officer Position: Secretary
Company: John M. Cox & Associates, P.C.
Company Address: 325 N. St. Paul Street, Ste. 1200
Company City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-939-9000
Email: jmc@coxtriallaw.com

Name: David Kent
Officer Position: Treasurer
Company: Sedgwick, LLP
Company Address: 1717 Main Street, Ste. 5400
Company City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 469-227-8200
Email: david.kent@sedgwicklaw.com

Name: Michael K. Hurst
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank, LLP
Firm Address: 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 2500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75202
Business Phone: 214.855.6802
Email: mhurst@ghjhlaw.com

Name: Bruce E. Bagelman
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Lackey Hershman, LLP
Firm Address: 3102 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 777
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75219
Business Phone: 214-560-2201
Email: beb@lhlaw.net

Name: Shonn Brown
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank, LLP
Firm Address: 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 2500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75202
Business Phone: 214.855.6802
Email: sbrown@ghjhlaw.com

Name: John Cox
Officer Position: Director
Firm: John M. Cox & Associates, P.C.
Firm Address: 325 N. St. Paul Street, Suite 1200
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.939.9000
Email: jmc@coxtriallaw.com

Name: Jay Dewold
Officer Position: Director
Firm: United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas
Firm Address: 1100 Commerce Street
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75242
Business Phone: 214.659.8600
Email: dewald.jay@gmail.com

Name: David Kent
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Sedgwick LLP
Firm Address: 1717 Main Street, Suite 5400
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas  75201-7367
Business Phone: 469.227.8200
Email: david.kent@sedgwicklaw.com

Name: Chris Lewis
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Crain Lewis, LLP
Firm Address: 3400 Carlisle Street, Suite 300
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX  75204
Business Phone: (214) 522-9404
Email: clewis@crainlewis.com

Name: J. Gregory Marks
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Guajardo & Marks LLP
Firm Address: 13355 Noel Road, Suite 1370
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75240
Business Phone: 972.774.9800
Email: Greg@guajardomarks.com

Name: Judge Irma Ramirez
Officer Position: Director
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Chambers Address: 1100 Commerce Street
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75242

Name: Mary Scott
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Farrow-Gillespie & Heath, LLP
Firm Address: 1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 3700
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.361.5600
Email: mary.scott@fghlaw.net

Name: Amy Stewart
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Amy Stewart PC
Firm Address: 5307 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 475
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75206
Business Phone: 214.233.7076
Email: amy@amystewartlaw.com


Resource Links

 

 


Section Membership

 

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Trial Skills Section, please send a letter of request and a $25.00 membership fee to:
DBA
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the membership department at the Dallas Bar.

 

Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster

Section Admin-Webpage (coming soon)


 

Section Downloads:

Attachment Size
The Ethical Attorney - March 8, 2013 Presentation - Paper 305.5 KB
The Ethical Attorney - March 8, 2013 Presentation - appendices_1_thru_7 1.23 MB
The Ethical Attorney - March 8, 2013 Presentation - pdf of powerpoint presentation 1.97 MB
ESI and Predictive Coding Powerpoint - Dec. 13, 2013 1000.5 KB
Trial Skills By-Laws - adopted March 20, 2014 221.67 KB
Cross Examination by Paula Sweeney - Sept. 23, 2014.pdf 804.15 KB

 

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