PBRC Litigation Skills Series

LIVE skills- and community-building series for volunteer attorneys

“I found the Lunch & Learn trainings relevant and helpful, and appreciated the level of engagement they provided, as well as the open question time where participants could ask questions about sensitive topics.” – Elaina Christmas, Esq., 2019-2020 Fellow, PBRC Professional Skills Academy.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Each meeting runs about 3 hours on a Friday, and includes three components: a 50-minute skills training; a 50-minute exercise; and a 50-minute mentoring roundtable, where attendees can bring up litigation questions they’re currently facing (whether related to the presentation topic or not), and get input from the group. Experienced litigators will be present during the entire event.

Participation is open to attorneys who have already accepted a pro bono commitment through a PBRC training within the past 12 months OR who commit to answer at least three legal questions for low-income Marylanders, using the https://Maryland.FreeLegalAnswers.org website.  (Instructions will  be provided.) If you have not accepted a pro bono commitment through a PBRC training within the past 12 months, and would still like to participate, you can simply choose the option to commit to answering at least three legal questions for low-income Marylanders, using the https://Maryland.FreeLegalAnswers.org website; OR you can visit www.probonomd.org/training to accept a pro bono commitment through a PBRC training. Opportunities are statewide and through a myriad of legal services organizations.

The skills training portion of each event will be made available as an on-demand webcast recording.

PAST EVENTS – WATCH ONLINE

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Developing & Using a Trial Notebook
Recorded on:  April 17, 2020 (View Flyer)
Speaker:  Jane Santoni, Esq., Santoni, Vocci & Ortega, LLC 
Event-specific sponsor: Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

Prep & Direct a Witness
Recorded on:  February 7, 2020 (View Flyer)
Speaker:  Matt Paavola, Esq., Workers’ Comp Law Firm, LLC
Event-specific sponsor: Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

Avoiding Grievances & Other Pitfalls
Recorded on:  December 13, 2019 (View Flyer)
Speaker:  Richard J. Berwanger, Esq., Eccleston and Wolf, P.C.
Event-specific sponsor: Baltimore Bar Foundation and Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

Witnesses & Exhibits in District Court
Recorded on:  September 20, 2019 (View Flyer)
Speaker:  Kat Hyland, Esq., The Hyland Law Firm
Event-specific sponsor: Baltimore Bar Foundation and Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

Tips for the trial lawyer considering an appeal: Successfully noting an appeal for the trial court
Recorded on:  April 12, 2019 (View Flyer)
Speakers:  Lindsay Parvis & Anne E. Grover, Joseph Greenwald & Laake, P.A. 
Event-specific sponsor: Joseph Greenwald & Laake, P.A.

Strategies for written discovery (interrogatories, requests for admission, requests for production of documents)
Recorded on:  
February 1, 2019 (View Flyer)
Speakers: 
 Magistrate Keith J. Rosa, Montgomery County Circuit Court, & Michael Goecke, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.
Event-specific sponsor: Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.

Witnesses at trial: Prep, direct, and cross witnesses to establish the elements of your case
Recorded on: 
December 6, 2019 (View Flyer)
Speakers: 
Hon. Ronald A. Karasic, Retired Judge from Baltimore City District Court, and Hon. William H. Jones, elected State’s Attorney, Dorchester County
Event-specific sponsor: Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Tips for getting social media evidence admitted at trial
Recorded on: October 26, 2018 (View Flyer)
Speaker:
Professor Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore School of Law
Event-specific sponsor: Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

The video clip below is a preview only.  To view the whole training, please register with the link above.

Questions? Contact PBRC at education@probonomd.org.