2023 Trial Skills Academy (Boise)

2023 Trial Skills Academy (Boise)

Sponsored by the Idaho State Bar Litigation Section

Friday, March 3, 2023 – 7:45 am – 5:00 pm


Saturday, March 4, 2023 – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

** This Course is now full and we are no longer accepting registrations.  We do have a wait list that we will pull from on a first-come, first-serve basis if we receive cancellations.  If you would like to be added to the wait list, please click here.**

James A. McClure Federal Building and United States Courthouse

550 W. Fort St. – Boise

**In-Person Attendance Only

13.0 CLE credits of which 1.0 is Ethics – NAC Approved (pending)

Open to attorneys with limited trial experience, typically within the first 10 years of practice

The finest trial lawyers and judges in Idaho are available to assist you in the development of trial skills to be used throughout your career. Take this opportunity to train – or retrain – yourself under the tutelage of experienced trial attorneys with whom you may practice and receive pointers on your litigation performance.

This seminar does not have lectures. Instead, mentors provide examples of effective trial practice, and work directly with you to develop the skill. You will observe and then practice skills including voir dire, opening statements, witness examination (direct and cross), authenticating exhibits, impeachment, making objections, and closing arguments. Trial packets and additional information will be sent to participants prior to the seminar.  Please note that participants will be required to do some work in preparation before the academy dates.



Litigation Section Members           $350.00

Non-Section Members                   $425.00

Less than 5 Years in Practice        $300.00

Seminar Agenda

Friday, March 3

7:45 a.m.          Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.          Program Begins

4:30 p.m.          Adjournment

Saturday, March 4 – Participants will continue their activities from the previous day.

8:00 a.m.          Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.          Program Begins

3:00 p.m.         Adjournment

During both days you will experience schedules similar to actual trial conditions.  Lunch will be provided on both days.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Participants should not plan on working remotely or leaving the courthouse during the lunch hours.  Participants should plan on attending the entire session both days to receive the full learning benefits.  Please do not plan to leave early either day.


There will be a few scholarships available so if you are hesitant to register due to the price, please email 2023 Trial Skills Academy Scholarship Request Form.  Please include in your request your need basis and any other compelling reasons that the committee should consider.


A block of rooms has been held at Hotel 43, 981 W. Grove St., Boise, ID. Please use the link below to book your room or call 888-961-5000 and mention “Idaho State Bar Trial Skills Academy.”  Rooms must be booked before February 9, 2023, to receive the discount room rate of $199/night.

Idaho State Bar Trial Skills Academy – Hotel 43