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CELA Fourth Annual Trial College

Thursday-Saturday, June 1-3, 2017, UC Hastings, San Francisco

Trial College is currently sold out. Please click here to be added to the waiting list.



Using a learn-by-doing approach, CELA’s 3-day Trial College strives to arm participants with the experience and confidence to take cases to trial.

This year, CELA will offer two levels of Trial College training - Foundational and Advanced.*  The Foundational track will focus on basic trial skills where seasoned employment trial lawyers will guide participants through the different stages of trial: voir dire (with live jurors), opening statement, direct examination, cross-examination and closing argument.  In addition to all the training offered in the Foundational track, the Advanced track will include expert witness examination and proving punitive damages. 

Both tracks will include intensive, hands-on trial training. Participants will be divided into small groups of attorneys with relatively similar experience levels. Each participant will be recorded. Participants will receive critiques and feedback in both group and individual settings. 

Interspersed during full-day training sessions, leaders in the employment/civil rights community will present live demonstrations. 

*The “Advanced” track is reserved for attorneys with previous CELA Trial College or other “learn-by-doing” trial training, or no less than five (5) previous trials.


Presenters and Trainers*
J. Bernard Alexander

Craig Byrnes
Dustin Collier
Anne Costin
David deRubertis
James DeSimone
Maria G. Diaz
Tamara Freeze
Erika Gaspar
Paul Glusman
Brian Hannemann
Genie Harrison
Rob Hennig
Phil Horowitz
Laura Horton
Jean Hyams
Renuka Jain
Toni Jaramilla
Noah Lebowitz
Jody LeWitter
Tony Luti
Matthew McNicholas
Jenny Schwartz
Dan Stormer
Jill Telfer

*Other Presenters and Trainers to be announced

  • Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Registration open to current CELA attorney members only.
  • There will be significant pre-Trial College reading and preparation.
  • No “observing only” registrations available.
  • No partial attendance – all three days required.
  • Trial College registration includes all training materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshments.
  • Cancellation Policy: No refunds, credits or cancellations after May 1, 2017 (no exceptions).
  • NO ATTENDEE SUBSTITUTIONS unless cleared through the CELA Administrative office.  Substitutions will be made from the waiting list, in order of sign up, and as available.


Bernard Alexander, Michael Baltaxe, Dustin Collier,
Laura Horton, Phil Horowitz, Renuka Jain, Wendy Musell and Cynthia Rice

CELA has reserved a limited block of rooms at the Parc 55 Hotel.  The hotel reservation number is (800) 445-8667 or click here to make your reservations.
CELA’s discounted room rate is $219 Single/Double.  The hotel is five blocks from UC Hastings. The guestroom reservation cut off date is May 10, 2017.

UC Hastings is located at 198 McAllister Street, San Francisco.

The closest airports are San Francisco International Airport (SFO) (12.3 miles) or Oakland International Airport (OAK) (20 miles).  BART is accessible at both airports.

CELA Trial College will qualify for 25 hours MCLE credit.  CELA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

California Employment Lawyers Association   •   Phone: (818) 703-0587   •   Fax: (818) 703-0591