The Texas Access to Justice Commission sponsored another successful Trial Academy at the University of Texas Law School during the week of June 7-10. Thirty students from legal services programs all over the state attended the four-day intensive trial seminar, where they observed demonstrations by seasoned trial attorneys. These legal aid attorneys also participated in workshops in which they received extensive feedback on their performance on each aspect of a mock trial.
The students’ training was long and arduous. They spent full days working on each aspect of a trial, only to go back to their hotel rooms in the evening to prepare for the next day’s workshops. The attorneys who were able to attend expressed gratitude for all that they had learned. “The program was wonderful and will be a great help to me in representing my clients. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to attend,” stated Blair Craddock, an attorney from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Edinburgh office, at the conclusion of the academy.
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