ABOTA Trial College to Be Held on the Campus of Princeton University June 6-10

Feb 25, 2010, 10:29 ET from American Board of Trial Advocates

College will provide intense, hands-on instruction for up-and-coming lawyers

DALLAS, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Board of Trial Advocates will hold its inaugural Trial College on the campus of Princeton University, June 6-10.

The college is designed for third-and fourth-year trial attorneys from both sides of the bar. The college consists of four days of intense instruction on technique, moots and critiques by ABOTA members — including five former ABOTA National presidents — from around the nation, as well as notable judges.

Only 35 students nationwide will be accepted for this unique opportunity. Interested lawyers should apply by calling (800) 779 JURY (5879) or going to www.abota.org. The application deadline is March 31, 2010.

"The ABOTA Trial College serves as a tremendous resource for those involved in heavy trial practice," said Brian G. Steller, Academic Director and Dean of the ABOTA Trial College. "Faculty will work closely with students during academic hours, at all daily meals, and even during downtime."

Steller, who is a senior trial attorney at the Roseland, N.J., firm of Connell, Foley LLP, added that given ABOTA's mission to promote civility at the bar, the trial college will deliver formal presentations on ethics and professionalism at the conclusion of each academic day.

This interactive, diverse program combines cutting edge technology with the tried and true approaches of the faculty members. Steller said that having faculty members and students from both sides of the trial bar presents a learning opportunity not available through other programs.

CLE approval will be available from the New Jersey Board on Continuing Legal Education, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board, and other states upon request. The college is sponsored by the ABOTA Foundation and the Northern New Jersey Chapter of ABOTA, with special thanks to Princeton University.

ABOUT THE ABOTA FOUNDATION: The ABOTA Foundation was established in 1991 to provide education to the American public about the right to trial by jury and to promote the professional education of trial attorneys. It produces Justice by the People, an interactive educational program designed for grades 5-8 and made available through Scholastic, Inc.

ABOUT ABOTA: The American Board of Trial Advocates, founded in 1958, is an organization dedicated to defending the American civil justice system.  With a membership of 6,300 experienced attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases, ABOTA is uniquely qualified to speak for the value of the constitutionally mandated jury system as the protector of the rights of persons and property. ABOTA publishes Voir Dire magazine, which features in-depth articles on current and historical issues related to constitutional rights, in particular the Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury. ABOTA and the ABOTA Foundation's national headquarters are in Dallas.

CONTACT:  Brian Tyson, +1-800-932-2682, briant@abota.org

SOURCE American Board of Trial Advocates