CLE Program

Massachusetts Bar Association's Trial Academy


Start: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
End: Thursday, April 4, 2019, 5:00 p.m.


Massachusetts Bar Association
Conference Room 101
20 West St
Boston, MA, 02111

Program Code:



MBA Paralegals : $0.00
MBA Law Student : $0.00
MBA Member : $0.00
MBA New Admittee : $0.00
Non-Member : $300.00

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The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to launch its first-ever Trial Academy, which will provide new attorneys with training in basic trial practice and procedure.

The MBA’s Leadership Team recognizes there are limited opportunities for new lawyers pursuing careers as trial attorneys to obtain real experience trying cases. Effective advocacy is a critical skill all attorneys must have and can acquire through proper training and with experience.

The Trial Academy program will give graduates the opportunity to practice their own trial techniques with expert feedback and critique from experienced trial lawyers. Attendees will be able to apply their classroom training by providing limited-assistance representation (LAR) to pro se litigants in the civil sessions of either the Dedham District Court or Boston Municipal Court.

During this two-day intensive program, an all-star faculty will provide training in civil trial procedure, practice and techniques including:

  • Opening statements
  • Presenting plaintiff’s case in chief
  • Direct and cross-examination of plaintiff
  • Presenting defendant’s case in chief
  • Direct and cross-examination of defendant
  • Direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses
  • Introducing evidence and preserving the record for appeal
  • Closing arguments

Space will be limited to ensure an engaging learning environment with individualized instruction and feedback.

The training is exclusive to MBA members. Not an MBA member? Click here to join the MBA.


Christopher A. Kenney, Esq., Program Co-chair
Kenney & Sams PC, Boston
John J. Morrissey, Esq., Program Co-chair
Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP, Braintree
Hon. Dennis Curran (ret.), Panelist
Massachusetts Superior Court, Boston
Sarah S. Burg, Esq., Panelist
Foley Hoag LLP, Boston
Robert A. Curley, Jr., Esq., Panelist
Curley & Curley PC, Braintree
Marsha V. Kazarosian, Esq., Panelist
Kazarosian Costello LLP, Haverhill
Marianne C. LeBlanc, Esq., Panelist
Sugarman and Sugarman, P.C., Boston
Thomas R. Murphy, Esq., Panelist
Law Offices of Thomas R. Murphy LLC, Salem
David M. Rogers, Esq., Panelist
Campbell Conroy & O’Neil, Charlestown
Michael P. Sams, Esq., Panelist
Kenney & Sams PC, Boston
Paul E. White, Esq., Panelist
Arent Fox LLP, Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

Civil Litigation Section
Young Lawyers Division

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