2024 Workshop on Evidence

Registration for the 2024 Evidence Workshop will be available soon! 

The Evidence Program is for both new and experienced attorneys who want to learn and polish their evidence skills. Key concepts are covered through dynamic lectures and demonstrations by some of San Diego’s top trial attorneys. In addition, participants receive individualized coaching from sitting state and federal judges and premier local attorneys as they practice in small workshop settings.

Program objectives include conducting a competent direct and cross-examination, laying an appropriate foundation, using exhibits, making objections, impeachment using a prior inconsistent statement, refreshing recollection, rehabilitation of a witness, and using factual stipulations. Enrollees receive program materials as well as a softbound California Evidence Code.

About the Lecturer
Judge Robert J. Trentacosta completed his term as the Presiding Judge of the San Diego Superior Court in December 2013. Formerly, he held multiple leadership positions within the court including: Assistant Presiding Judge, Supervising Criminal Judge and Supervising Judge of the South County Division. He is presently presiding over Juvenile Justice matters.

Judge Trentacosta is currently a member of the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) providing ethics advice to all judicial officers in the State of California. He previously served as the Chairperson for all Judicial Leadership Education in the State of California. Judge Trentacosta is an Adjunct Professor of law at California Western School of Law teaching “Trial Practice.”

When he was a practicing trial lawyer, Judge Trentacosta was the President of the Plaintiff’s Trial Bar (2000) and the President of the San Diego Inn of Court, College of Advocacy (1997). He has been honored as “Outstanding Jurist of the Year” several times by various trial lawyer and bar organizations.


  • Private Practice - $250.00
  • Public/non-profit - $200.00


Need financial assistance to attend the Workshop on Evidence? Limited Scholarships are available for registrants who need financial assistance. For more information on how to apply for a scholarship, please email info@sdinnofcourt.com.

Registration Deadline: April 30, 2024 at 11:59 PM

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  • Tuesday, May 7th
  • Thursday, May 9th
  • Tuesday, May 14th
  • Wednesday, May 15th
James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep
United States Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room
333 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101-3802

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