Trial Skills Bootcamp


Presented by:

The LACBA President’s Advisory Committee
on Women in the Legal Profession
and the
Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section



Upcoming Events:


Getting the Client in the Door
Panelists: Brian Huben, Lauren Lofton, Roxanne Wilson, Gina Harris, Patricia Egan Daehnke
Moderated by Merete Rietveld
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Witness Prep & Order of Proof
Panelists: Victor George and Gretchen Nelson
Moderated by Erin Joyce
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Captivating Opening Statements and Unforgettable Closing Arguments
Panelists: James DeSimone and Carol Chen
Moderated by Lauren Lofton
November (TBD), 2021 at 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Persuasion for the Trial Attorney
Panelists pending
Moderated by Mary Fersch
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 12:00pm – 1:30pm


Past Events:

Plotkins on Jury Selection in the Post-COVID-Era: Voir Dire and Case Themes
Panelists: Claire Plotkins and Harry Plotkins
Moderated by Patricia Egan Daehnke
Broadcast on July 20, 2021

Power couple Claire and Harry Plotkins will discuss jury selection post COVID, including preparing probative jury questionnaires, dealing with masked potential jurors, and judges who may or may not be comfortable with more than a dozen people in their courtroom, among other topics. The Plotkins will focus in on unique challenges women face in jury selection, and how to overcome them.


Allies: Men in the Mix
Panelists: Michael Leahy, Andrew Smith, Kevin Daehnke, Brian Huben, Roxanne Wilson, and Alice Smith
Moderated by Patricia Egan Daehnke
Broadcast on July 30, 2021

This program address how making men allies on gender issues in the legal profession can be a win-win for male and female lawyers. You will hear from the perspectives of three married lawyer couples and one male lawyer how men can be the most effective advocates of gender equality. This program will also address bias in court and the legal community/workplace and why developing allies whether it be spouse, senior partner, or mentor is essential—with real life examples of gender bias and how we can address, react to, and assist, including lessons learned from the pandemic.