Dallas Bar Association

Trial Skills Section

The Trial Skills Section is devoted to the art, science and practice of trial advocacy. The Section promotes the continuing advancement of trial skills of members of the legal community by the open exchange of ideas, continuing legal education, communication between the bar and bench, and the mutual respect and collegiality between members of the bar.

The Trial Skills Section generally meets at the Belo on the second Friday of each month for CLE presentations, which are free to our members. For questions or comments regarding upcoming presentations, please contact Michael K. Hurst at mhurst@ghjhlaw.com.

2014 Meeting Schedule:

January 10
February 14
March 21
April 11
May 9
June 13
July 11
August 8
September 12
October 10
November 14
December 12


DBA Trial Academy

The Trial Academy is a hands-on civil trial skills training program intended to improve advocacy skills for solo and small firm lawyers licensed five years or less through a combination of lectures and demonstrations by seasoned attorneys and live exercises by participants. It is jointly sponsored by the Trial Skills Section and the Morris Harrell Professionalism Committee. Enrollment for 2013 is closed, but please watch for announcements about the Trial Academy for 2014.
 
Videos of the lectures and demonstrations from the Trial Academy will be accessible by non-Trial Academy participants as they become available for viewing. The lectures and demonstrations cover voir dire, opening statements, direct examination, cross examination, and closing arguments. To watch the available Trial Academy Videos, click here.


Section News:

 

The DBA Trial Skills Section Invites You to

A CLE on Friday, August 8:

 

Effective Use of Documentary Evidence in

Pre-Trial Deposition Examinations

featuring

Susan M. Halpern with

The Halpern Law Firm PLLC 

    

Please join us at the Belo on August 8 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., when Susan Halpern will discuss "Effective Use of Documentary Evidence in Pre-Trial Deposition Examinations."  MCLE 1.00.

During Ms. Halpern’s more than 31 years of practice, she has successfully litigated a broad range of commercial matters involving banking and lender liability issues, bankruptcy issues, all manner of complex contracts, trade secrets, Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act issues, partnership and corporate dissolutions, veil piercing theories, real estate and title issues, business aviation issues, including leases, liens, freight forwarding and engine maintenance, landlord tenant issues, alarm monitoring, embezzlement, fraud and the Uniform Commercial Code. Ms. Halpern has also handled and tried countless injunction matters involving commercial disputes. In addition, Ms. Halpern has assisted in family law matters involving significant assets, focusing on business and stock option valuation issues, but also extending to more traditional issues such as property division and custody.

Ms. Halpern has been teaching trial skills to law students and lawyers in a variety of settings since 2000. She has served as an adjunct instructor for Trial Advocacy at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law and has also taught at many National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) programs.  Ms. Halpern has served as a NITA Program Director and also as a member of the faculty for a significant number of in-house programs at firms and organizations throughout the country.

 

Please mark your calendar to attend this great CLE!


 Section Officers:

Name: Michael K. Hurst
Officer Position: Chair and Board Advisor
Firm: Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank, LLP
Firm Address: 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 2500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75202
Business Phone: 214.855.6802
Email: mhurst@ghjhlaw.com

Name: Robert Tobey
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Johnston + Tobey, P.C.
Firm Address: 3308 Oak Grove Avenue
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75204
Business Phone: 214.741-6260
Email: rltobey@johnstontobey.com

Name: Britta Stanton
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: Lynn Tillotson Pinker and Cox, LLP
Firm Address: 2100 Ross Avenue, Suite 2700
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.981.3828
Email: bstanton@lynnllp.com

Name: Dena DeNooyer Stroh
Officer Position: Secretary
Company: Murchison Oil and Gas, Inc.
Company Address: 1100 Mira Vista Blvd.
Company City, State, Zip: Plano, TX 75093
Business Phone: 972.931.0700
Email: dstroh@jdmii.com

Name: Bill Mateja
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Fish & Richardson, P.C.
Firm Address: 1717 Main Street, Suite 5000
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.760.6101
Email: mateja@fr.com

Name: Bruce E. Bagelman
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Lackey Hershman, LLP
Firm Address: 3102 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 777
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75219
Business Phone: 214-560-2201
Email: beb@lhlaw.net

Name: Shonn Brown
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank, LLP
Firm Address: 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 2500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75202
Business Phone: 214.855.6802
Email: sbrown@ghjhlaw.com

Name: John Cox
Officer Position: Director
Firm: John M. Cox & Associates, P.C.
Firm Address: 325 N. St. Paul Street, Suite 1200
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.939.9000
Email: jmc@coxtriallaw.com

Name: Jay Dewold
Officer Position: Director
Firm: United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas
Firm Address: 1100 Commerce Street
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75242
Business Phone: 214.659.8600
Email: dewald.jay@gmail.com

Name: David Kent
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Sedgwick LLP
Firm Address: 1717 Main Street, Suite 5400
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas  75201-7367
Business Phone: 469.227.8200
Email: david.kent@sedgwicklaw.com

Name: Chris Lewis
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Crain Lewis, LLP
Firm Address: 3400 Carlisle Street, Suite 300
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX  75204
Business Phone: (214) 522-9404
Email: clewis@crainlewis.com

Name: J. Gregory Marks
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Guajardo & Marks LLP
Firm Address: 13355 Noel Road, Suite 1370
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75240
Business Phone: 972.774.9800
Email: Greg@guajardomarks.com

Name: Judge Irma Ramirez
Officer Position: Director
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Chambers Address: 1100 Commerce Street
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75242

Name: Mary Scott
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Farrow-Gillespie & Heath, LLP
Firm Address: 1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 3700
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.361.5600
Email: mary.scott@fghlaw.net

Name: Amy Stewart
Officer Position: Director
Firm: Amy Stewart PC
Firm Address: 5307 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 475
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75206
Business Phone: 214.233.7076
Email: amy@amystewartlaw.com

 


Resource Links

 

 


Section Membership

 

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Trial Skills Section, please send a letter of request and a $25.00 membership fee to:
DBA
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the membership department at the Dallas Bar.

Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster

Section Admin-Webpage


 

Section Downloads:

AttachmentSize
The Ethical Attorney - March 8, 2013 Presentation - Paper 305.5 KB
The Ethical Attorney - March 8, 2013 Presentation - appendices_1_thru_71.23 MB
The Ethical Attorney - March 8, 2013 Presentation - pdf of powerpoint presentation1.97 MB
ESI and Predictive Coding Powerpoint - Dec. 13, 20131000.5 KB
Trial Skills By-Laws - adopted March 20, 2014221.67 KB
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