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4/19/2018 to 4/20/2018
When: April 19-20,
Where: Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association - Conference Center
2300 Main Street
Ste. 100
Kansas City, Missouri  64108
United States
Contact: Meghan Litecky

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Women's Trial Institute

April 19-20, 2018 (All Day)
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Headquarters

Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City (AWL), in sponsorship with Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), presents the women-only Trial Institute that will take place over 2 days in Kansas City, April 19-20, 2018, at the KCMBA Headquarters.  The Women’s Trial Institute (“WTI”) will be open to female litigators who want to develop and practice trial litigation skills in a safe, women-only environment, with seasoned litigators providing tips, tricks, war stories and hands-on pointers on critical components of trial and trial prep.  Fulfill all of your CLE credits while gaining litigation tips and tricks from KC’s top litigators and female powerhouses!*

“The Women’s Trial Institute provided me with an opportunity to hear from experts in every aspect of a trial and an environment to practice necessary trial skills with feedback from those experts.  It encouraged me to connect with mentors and colleagues about the art of trial practice and to bounce ideas off both attendees and presenters.  It was immensely helpful to have this opportunity and I gained experience, knowledge, and connections over the course of the two day institute.”

                Brooke Davids

                Graham Law Group

                2016 WTI Participant

*The Women's Trial Institute will be submitted for 15 hours of CLE credit, including 2.0  hours of Ethics in Missouri and Kansas.



  • All applicants must be an ACTIVE member of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City.  If you are not a member, JOIN NOW! before completing your application.
  • Applicant must be able to commit to both days of the program.
  • Registration fee is based on the date of application receipt - Early Bird (through 2/15) - $425; Regular (2/16 through program date) - $475.
  • Registration deadline is 4/10/2018.
  • Payment in full is due with the application.
  • Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing prior to April 1, 2018. Cancellations after April 1, 2018 will not be refunded. 





Thursday April 19th

9:05-10:05 am – 1.0 – Opening Statements, Meghan Litecky Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore

How to properly prepare and effectively execute a persuasive opening statement.


9:50 – 11:15 am 1.4 – Depositions, Michelle Marvel, Bartimus Frickleton Robertson & Rader; John Rollins, Rollins Kavanagh

How to effectively defend and prosecute civil depositions, educating on the difference of a discovery deposition versus a trial deposition, foundational requirements in admitting evidence in a deposition, making proper deposition objections, dealing with difficult witnesses and attorneys.


11:15 am – 12:00 pm .8 – Deposition breakout sessions

Participants to break into pairs to conduct mock depositions with critique session from practitioners.


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 1.0 Ethics Recent developments in Kansas disciplinary violations, Mira Mdivani, Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm

Lecture on recent developments on attorney disciplinary actions and how to avoid disciplinary missteps.


1:00 pm – 2:20 pm 1.3 – Direct Examination, BK Christopher, Hornn Aylward & Bandy, Athena Dickson, Siro Smith Dickson

Lecture on how to transition from deposition testimony to trial testimony, how to effectively present and defend a direct examination, handling difficult witnesses in direct examination, using technology in direct examination, and using courtroom space.


2:20 pm – 2:50 pm .5 – Trial Mechanics, records, objections and foundations – Lynne Bratcher, Bratcher Gockel & Kingston

How to properly make records in trial, trial objections generally and making proper and timely objections, and foundational requirements for exhibits.


2:50 pm – 3:50 pm 1.0 – Direct examination break outs

Participants to break into pairs to conduct mock direct examinations with critique session from practitioners.


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 1.0 – Promotion and Compensation a woman’s perspective, Mara Cohara Lathrop & Gage, Karrie Clinkinbeard, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, Megan McCurdy, Stinson Leonard Street, Shannon Johnson, Seigfreid Bingham

Discussion from women shareholders and partners on how to effectively advocate for compensation increases and seek promotions within firms while balancing personal and family lives, navigating the male-dominated board room and obtaining first chair trial opportunities.


DAY ONE: 7.0 hours; 1.0 ethics: 8 total.


Friday April 20th


9:00 am – 10:30 am 1.5 – Jury Instructions, Jordon Stanley, Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer

Preparing jury instruction packets under Kansas and Missouri law.


10:30 am – 11:20 am .8 – Cross Examination, Kyndra Stockdale, Foland Wickens, Roper, Hofer and Crawford

How to effectively prepare and execute cross examination of lay and expert witnesses, how to defend and prosecute a cross examination.


11:20 am – 12:00 pm .7 – Cross examination break outs

Participants to break into pairs and conduct mock cross examinations with critique session from practitioners.


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm 1.0 – Closing Arguments, Chris Ingersol, Andersen & Associates

How to effectively prepare and execute a persuasive closing argument.


1:30 pm – 2:15 pm .8 – Working break Closing Arguments

Participants prepare closing arguments.


2:15 pm – 3:00 pm .8 – Closing argument break outs

Participants to break into pairs and conduct mock closing arguments with critique session from practitioners.


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 1.0 Ethics – The Art of Ethical Negotiation and Mediation, Ann Molloy, Encompass Resolution; Nancy Kenner, Kenner Nygaard DeMarea Kendall

Negotiating in good faith and fairness, communication with clients regarding relaying offers to settle and keeping client’s best interests in mind, how to prepare and execute a fair and ethical negotiation and mediation. Conducting negotiations under the parameters of Missouri Supreme Court Rules 4, Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct 1.4, Model Rules of Professional Conduct 4.1, 1.6, 1.2, and 1.0.


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 1.0 – Tips from the Trial Road, Brianne Thomas, Boyd Kenter Thomas & Parrish, Katy Alsobrook, Guin Mundorf; Theresa Otto, Baty Holm Numrich & Otto

Strategies on preparing, executing and surviving trial practice from real women trial attorneys, advice on traveling in trial, keeping healthy during trial, preparing and balancing your personal and family lives during trial, and handling female specific issues that arise during trial practice.


DAY TWO: 6.6 hours; 1.0 ethics: 7.6 total.



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