Pennsylvania Defender Trial Skills Training
Penn State's Dickinson Law will be holding the 2017 Pennsylvania Defender Trial Skills Training program from August 9-12, 2017 in Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA. This intensive, hands-on program gives public defenders from across the Commonwealth the chance to practice courtroom skills, see trial demonstrations, and hear lectures on advocacy from an experienced faculty of trial lawyers. Attorneys improve their skills in witness examinations, laying foundations, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, and choosing a jury. Individuals from the community serve as potential jurors.
Designed to improve performance in the courtroom, the program helps experienced advocates think about and possibly change the way that they approach trials. Each attorney brings a real case file from his or her office and uses that particular case for practice and skill-building exercises.
The program is directed by Dean Gary Gildin and is funded in part by a grant to the Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).