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The National Employment Lawyers Association’s Trial Boot Camp is an intensive three-day skills-based program specifically designed for plaintiffs’ employment lawyers at all levels of trial experience. The Boot Camp will feature interactive demonstrations and presentations on successful techniques and strategies for trying employment cases. Topics covered will include opening statements, closing arguments, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, the rules of evidence, jury selection, and more.

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Trial Boot Camp Advocate
Registering as a Trial Boot Camp Advocate will provide you the opportunity to refine your trial techniques and perfect your individual style by participating in skill building workshops and conducting two three-hour mock trials. This format will enable you to learn by doing, observe other lawyers practice their techniques, and receive constructive feedback. Advance preparation is required for Trial Boot Camp Advocates.

Trial Boot Camper
If you register as a Trial Boot Camper, you will not participate actively in the workshops or conduct the mock trials, but you will learn by attending and observing the lectures and demonstrations, skill building workshops, mock trials, and critiques.

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About NELA

The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) is the largest professional membership organization in the country comprised of lawyers who represent workers in labor, employment, and civil rights disputes. NELA advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. The more than 4,000 members of NELA and its 69 circuit, state, and local Affiliates are committed to working on behalf of those who have been treated illegally in the workplace. For more information, visit

Registration Rates

Trial Boot Camp Advocates
NELA members $850
Non-members $1,200

Trial Boot Camp Advocate registration closes September 25, 2015.

Trial Boot Campers

Early-bird ends September 25, 2015
NELA members $650
Legal Services $600
Public Interest $600
Government Attorneys $600
Paraprofessionals $600
Non-members $950

Daily registration $450 (NELA members only)

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Program At-A-Glance

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Jury Selection & Voir Dire
Opening Statements
Direct Examination

Friday, October 16, 2015
Trial Pad Demonstration
Adverse Witnesses & Cross-examination
Closing Arguments
Trial Practice Pointers

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Mock Trials
Evaluation Sessions

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Holiday Inn Chicago
Mart Plaza River North

350 West Mart Center Drive
Chicago, Illinois
(312) 836-5000

Single/Double occupancy $219.00

Reservations must be made no later than Tuesday, September 25, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. Central in order to receive the group rate.

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