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Wilson Elser Developing the Next Generation of Trial Attorneys

March 16, 2022

Mock Trials Produce Real Benefits for Our
Firm’s Training Program Participants

Mock trials were conducted as part of Wilson Elser’s National Mock Trial Training Program on March 11. The culmination of weeks of preparation, including participants’ completion of several related Continuing Legal Education courses, the program succeeded in furthering the objective of “developing the next generation of trial lawyers.”

Wilson Elser senior partners who regularly try cases served as judges; jurors were firm paralegals and professional staff; and witnesses were firm attorneys. The program was conducted virtually, including participants from Wilson Elser offices network-wide and reflecting the future of courtroom trials as virtual and hybrid environments become more commonplace.

Wilson Elser Chair Daniel McMahon and the co-chairs of Wilson Elser’s National Trial Team (NTT), Mat Ross, Eugene Boulé and Stratton Horres, were among those who opened the program. They discussed with the aspiring trial lawyers how much can be learned from seasoned Wilson Elser litigators whose careers include appearances in various local, state and federal courtrooms.

Three virtual trials were conducted concurrently, each including two plaintiffs and two defense attorneys. Conforming to actual trial proceedings, they included opening remarks, examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses, closing arguments and jury verdicts.

Following the trials’ completion, the NTT co-chairs and program judges conferred and shared their feedback. Their assessments were positive and their criticisms constructive.

With COVID-19 on the wane, it is expected that the next iteration of the Mock Trial Program will follow a more “hybridized” format, with greater face-to-face interaction. What will remain the same is the valuable transfer of knowledge from our most successful trial lawyers to those destined to join their ranks. As Dan McMahon commented with respect to how Wilson Elser invests in its people, “It’s who we are and what we do.”

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