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Spohrer Dodd’s founding partner and president Robert Spohrer taught at the Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy Program. Held at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville from Tuesday, May 14th to Saturday, May 18th, the program provided continued education for experienced attorneys.
The Florida Bar Association chose 60 Florida lawyers and five British Barristers to participate — chosen students had to meet the minimum requirement of five years of litigation practice. Jury experience was preferred for participating students.
The Florida Bar presented the “2830 Advanced Trial Advocacy 2019” event as an “NITA style,” “hands-on, learning-by-doing skills training.” The training consisted of presentations, discussions, and faculty demonstrations, with student participation required throughout. Students presented opening statements and final arguments, as well as direct and cross examination of lay and expert witnesses. At the end of the classes, students watched videos of their performance, and faculty provided complete evaluations of each participant’s performance, offering critiques. Courses included “Simplicity and Complexity of Cross Examination,” “The Art, Law and Science of Effective and Ethical Closing Arguments,” and more.
Participants in the program received the equivalent of three years of CLE and Ethics credits by taking the course. Attorney Spohrer was joined by a faculty of 25 Florida trial lawyers, state judges, and federal judges who led the program. He presented the final arguments for the plaintiff during his trial demonstration.
The 2830 Advanced Trial Advocacy 2019 class was part of The Florida Bar’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program. The CLE program offers members the opportunity to participate in courses on assorted legal topics, and develop their professional skills. About the program, Spohrer stated, “We have supported and participated in the Florida Bar’s Advanced Trial Advocacy program for over twenty years and continue to benefit from interacting with trial lawyers and judges from around the state.”
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