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Joseph Mirabella Jr. Domestic Relations Trial Advocacy Program
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2/8/2019 to 3/1/2019
When: Fridays 2/8/19-3/1/19
Where: DuPage Judicial Center - 3rd Floor
505 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois  60187
United States
Contact: Janine Komornick

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The DCBA has expanded its Trial Advocacy Program by adding the Joseph Mirabella Jr. Domestic Relations Trial Advocacy Program.  Please join us for a program that is geared toward domestic relations but will provide every participant with important trial advocacy skills to be used in any area of the law.


This program will have instructors with extensive Domestic Relations trial experience teaching to assist a vast array of students from all different levels of experience. This workshop provides a great primer for all students, from the inexperienced rookie who is nervous about jumping into trial by fire to the wily veteran simply looking to polish his/her skills.


The program offers real life scenarios an attorney can expect during the trial involving many different types of issues that arise during cases.  This 4-week program runs every Friday afternoon from 1:00pm - 4:30pm beginning February 8th. Students can expect to participate in every aspect of a trial concluding with a condensed mock trial on March 1st.  Participants will have each part of the trial broken down with hands-on training in small groups which will assuredly make any attorney much better prepared and ready for their next (or very first) trial. 


Each week of the program qualifies for 4 hours CLE credit for a total of 16 credits upon completing the full program. The cost for the full program is $400 for DCBA members and $500 for non-members.


The required textbook will be "Trial Techniques and Trials" by Thomas A. Mauet. You may purchase this book on your own through Amazon or another book distributor.  Copies will also be available at the DCBA Office to purchase.  Previous editions of this book will also work for the program.


The program will meet on the following dates:

·         Friday, February 8, "Orders of Protection", 1:00pm-4:30pm

·         Friday, February 15th, "Testimony and Cross Examination of Experts & GALs", 1:00pm-4:30pm

·         Friday, February 22nd, "Business & Retirement Valuation", 1:00pm-4:30pm

·         Friday, March 1st, "Trial - Direct & Cross Examination", 1:00pm-4:30pm - closing reception for all participants following the program.


Each session above will include not only the instruction on the titled topic, but other everyday issues which practitioners address for their clients on an ongoing basis.

Space is limited as there are only 32 seats available.  Walk ins will NOT be allowed for this program.


If you are interested in more information or participating in this extraordinary program, please contact Janine Komornick, DCBA Continuing Education Manager at 


Here is what previous students of the Trial Advocacy Program had to say about their experience:


The DCBA Trial Ad Program was a perfect program to update, fill in the gaps, and practice some weaker areas of my trial practices.  The program was a great mix of learning on our own, learning in groups, then practical role playing.  The fact that it is put on by mentors and coaches that are locally known for their courtroom experience and success is comforting and inspiring. I would certainly suggest this program to any attorney looking to freshen up, or take their trial practice to a next level. – Zach Martel


This is a program that is well worth the time and the money. It is a rare opportunity to tap the knowledge, experience and insight from an impressive range of professionals that generously provide important, high quality, relevant training the practitioner will appreciate and value going forward. The staff and instructors gathered for this program are bright, friendly and accomplished and they do an outstanding job. I am comfortable giving it a very high recommendation!- David Kozlowski


The DCBA trial advocacy program was a great experience.  We received thorough instruction from seasoned trial attorneys and judges in the community.  By the end of the program, we had learned about every step of the trial process.  We even had the opportunity to test our skills with a mini trial. I highly recommend participating in this program! – Lindsay Jurgensen Riddle

If you are rusty in your trial practice or are looking to feel more comfortable in the courtroom, this is the perfect intensive class for you.  Learn proper technique from judges and litigators.  Learn what types of presentation work best and what has little impact.  If you make the commitment to do the work, your practice will benefit greatly. – Nina Hennessy-Tamburo



A Mandatory Orientation will take place on Tuesday January 22nd, from 11:30am-12:30pm at the Bar Center (Classroom/Lower Level)


**Deadline for refunds for this workshop will be Wednesday Friday February 1st.

No refunds given AFTER this date


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