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, as well as mock proceedings designed to mimic the rigorous pace and schedule of trial. Topics covered will include opening statements, closing arguments, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, the rules of evidence, jury selection, and more.

Trial Boot Camp Advocates

Trial Boot Camp Advocates will be assigned to a Trial Team of four Advocates based on their level of trial experience, which will be led by a Trial Team Leader. Advocates will act as plaintiff and defense counsel and witnesses during two three-hour mock trials, including presenting an opening statement, conducting direct and cross-examinations, and delivering a closing argument, followed by a critique. Intensive preparation and participation are required of Advocates both before and during the three-day Boot Camp.

Registration for Trial Boot Camp Advocates is limited to 104 participants. A waiting list will be maintained, and registration will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis should space become available.

Trial Boot Campers

Individuals who are interested in learning and acquiring trial advocacy skills by attending the sessions but who do not wish to participate actively as Trial Boot Camp Advocates may register as Trial Boot Campers. Campers will be assigned to Trial Teams based on level of experience.

The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) is the largest professional membership organization in the country comprising 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.


Trial Boot Camp Advocates

Advocate registration for the Trial Boot Camp is now closed. We are maintaining a waiting list and Advocate spots that become available will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Karen Maoki at kmaoki@nelahq.org with questions or to add your name to the waiting list.

Trial Boot Campers

NELA Members $750
Legal Services/Public Interest $675
Government Attorneys $675 
Paraprofessionals $675 

Non-NELA Members $1,050

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