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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 closed.
 
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 Event on Friday, February 12, 2016

at 12:00 p.m. at the Belo Mansion:

“Enforcing and Avoiding Arbitration Clauses Under Texas Law”

Featuring

Scott M. McElhaney

Jackson Walker LLP

 

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ATTENTION YOUNG LAWYERS!!

The Trial Skills Section is co-sponsoring a networking/mentoring

event for the DBA’s young lawyers and invites you to attend:

Thursday, February 11, 2016

from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Belo Mansion

 

The format is a roundtable discussion with six guest mentors who will discuss their law practices, networking, and business development activities.  This program is provided for lawyers who have been practicing 8 years or less.

 

There will be a half-hour reception before the event, beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by three 30-minute roundtable discussion with a small group of up to 10 young lawyers (2 rotations, 90 minutes total), and a 30-minute happy hour to conclude the event.  Young lawyer attendees will benefit from our guest mentors’ experience, tips and wisdom for building a successful legal career.  Our esteemed guest mentors are:

 

·      Quentin Brogdon (Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP)

·      Hon. Mark Greenberg (County Court at Law No. 5)

·      Amy Stewart (Amy Stewart, PC)

·      Bob Allen (Law Offices of Robert D. Allen, PLLC)

·      Anne Ashby (Arbitrator, Mediator, former Judge of the 134th District Court)

·      Bruce Byrd (Deputy General Counsel at AT&T)

 

The cost to attend is $30.  To register, please send payment to:

William Toles

Secretary/Treasurer - TIPS

Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, LLP

Three Galleria Tower

13155 Noel Road, Suite 1000

Dallas, TX 75240

 

Due to the nature of the program format, seating is limited to paid registrants until all available seats are taken.

Hurry and reserve yours today!

 

 

 

 


Section Officers:

Name: Britta Stanton
Officer Position: 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: David Kent
Officer Position: Vice Chair
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: Mary Scott
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm: Spencer Scott pllc
Firm Address: 5420 LBJ Freeway, Ste. 300
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75240
Business Phone: 972.458.5302
Email: mscott@spencerscottlaw.com

Name: Shonn Brown
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst
Firm Address: 2100 Ross Avenue, Ste. 2700
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-981-3807
Email: sbrown@lynnllp.com

Name: Natalie Arbaugh
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Fish & Richardson, P.C.
Firm Address: 1717 Main Street, Suite 5000
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.747.5070
Email: arbaugh@fr.com

Name: Quentin Brogdon
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Crain Lewis Brogdon
Firm Address: 3400 Carlisle, Ste. 200
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75204
Business Phone: 214.522.9404
Email: qbrogdon@crainlewis.com

Name: John Cox
Officer Position: Director
Firm: John M. Cox & Associates, P.C.
Firm Address: 325 N. St. Paul Street, Ste. 2350
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.939.9000
Email: jmc@coxtriallaw.com

Name: Aimee Fagan
Officer Position: Director
Firm: McKool Smith P.C.
Firm Address: 300 Crescent Court, Suite 1500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.978.4000
Email: afagan@mckoolsmith.com

Name: Michael Hurst
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank, LLP
Firm Address: 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 2500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75202
Business Phone: 214.855.6800
Email: mhurst@ghetrial.com

Name: Edwin Krieger
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Edwin P. Krieger, P.C.
Firm Address: 4123 Prescott Avenue
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75219
Business Phone: 214.478.2012
Email: edwin.krieger@gmail.com

Name: Bill Mateja
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Fish & Richardson, P.C.
Firm Address: 717 Main Street, Suite 5000
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.747.5070
Email: mateja@fr.com

Name: Judge Irma Ramirez
Officer Position: Director
Firm: U.S. Magistrate Judge
Firm Address: 1100 Commerce Street, Room 1567
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75242
Business Phone: 214.753.2393
Email: judge_ramirez@txnd.uscourts.gov

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

Name: Victor Vital
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Firm Address: 2100 McKinney Avenue, Suite 1250
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.593.7136
Email: victor.vital@btlaw.com

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


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Section Membership

 

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Trial Skills Section, please click here to join online or send a letter of request and the $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 DBA membership department.

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