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2023 Trial Program

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Learn the intricacies of voir dire, opening statement, direct and
cross-examination, and closing.

The San Diego Inn of Court Trial Program is for both new and experienced attorneys who want to learn and polish their trial skills. The Program takes place on 8 evenings over 4 consecutive weeks. It includes four lectures and demonstrations by prominent San Diego trial attorneys and members of the judiciary, including featured lecturer, Hon. Robert J. Trentacosta.  Each lecture/demonstration focuses and four “hands on” workshops facilitated by experienced workshop leaders and local judges.

For the workshops, participants are assigned to a team of six students. Each student has a partner, and are assigned to a specific fact pattern, representing either the plaintiff or defendant.

The format is a Thursday lecture followed by a workshop the next Tuesday:

Lecture Workshop
Part I: Voir Dire September 21 September 26
Part II: Opening September 28 October 3
Part III: Direct/Cross October 5 October 10
Part IV: Closing October 12 October 17

Trial Program objectives include:

  • Conducting competent voir dire
  • Opening statement
  • Direct and cross-examination
  • Laying an appropriate foundation
  • Using exhibits
  • Making objections
  • Closing argument

Enrollees receive fact patterns and program materials as well as additional instructional materials.



  • Private Practice - $450.00
  • Public/non-profit - $400.00

Registration Deadline: September 14, 2023 @ 11:59 PM

Registration Instructions
Please register using the attendee’s name and email address.

All communications from the San Diego Inn of Court are sent via, including program information, course materials, and updates.

Registrants will receive an email confirming registration.  If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact or call us at (619) 924-9050. Please register using the attendee’s name and email address.

Refund Policy
A full refund minus a $25 administrative fee 7 days prior to the event. Any cancellations made between less than 7 days prior to the event start date are eligible for a 50% refund.

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By registering for this course, you are agreeing that the San Diego Inn of Court may use such photographs, video, and audio recordings of you with or without your name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and website content.

September 21st, 2023 5:00 PM through October 17th, 2023 8:00 PM
SAN DIEGO, CA 92101-3802

“I'd recommend it both to new attorneys and attorneys with a few trials under their belt but who aren't getting trials all the time. It's a good way to keep up to date not just on your evidence skills, but also your presentation skills and your comfort in the courtroom.”

Shawn McMillan, Esq.

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