Cal. Litig. 2015, Volume 28, Number 2

From the Section Chair

By Carol D. Kuluva

Carol D. Kuluva

Where do new or less experienced trial attorneys obtain courtroom and trial experience? With law firms continuing to reduce the number of first-year associates hired, and the financial crisis of 2008, where does a newly admitted attorney obtain training on courtroom etiquette? Where does a new admittee obtain the knowledge to properly defend expert witnesses in deposition? How do new admittees learn how to introduce business records during trial?

In the past, law firms trained new associates on the practical skills of courtroom etiquette, court appearances, and taking and defending depositions. New associates would accompany senior partners or senior associates to court and receive on-the-job training. However, with many newly admitted attorneys venturing out on their own, they often do not work at firms and do not have senior attorneys to train them.

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