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Trial College

CELA Third Annual Trial College

Thursday-Saturday, June 9-11, 2016, Pepperdine University, Malibu

Trial College is currently sold out.  If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact us at

Experience intensive, hands-on trial training, 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. 

Participants will be divided into small groups, with relatively similar experience levels.  Each participant will be recorded.  Participants will receive critiques and feedback in both group and individual settings. 

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

Using a learn-by-doing approach, the Trial College strives to give participants the confidence to take matters to trial.


Presenters and Trainers*
J. Bernard Alexander
Lawrance A. Bohm
Dustin Collier
J. Gary Gwilliam
Rob Hennig

Craig Byrnes
David M. deRubertis
V. James DeSimone
Maria Diaz
David J. Duchrow
Paul Glusman
Paul Greenberg
Phil Horowitz
Laura Horton
Renuka Jain
Toni J. Jaramilla
Marvin Krakow
Anthony Luti
Matthew McNicholas
Stephen Murphy
Jeff Rager
Robert Robinson
Jennifer Schwartz
Richard Stavin
Dan Stormer

*Other Presenters and Trainers to be announced

  • CELA Trial College registration open to current CELA attorney members only.
  • Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There will be significant pre-Trial College reading and preparation.
  • There will be one informational webinar prior to the Trial College.
  • No “observing only” registrations available.
  • No partial attendance – all three days required.
  • The Trial College is limited to 40 participants.  Thereafter, a waiting list will be available.
  • Trial College registration includes all training materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshments.
  • NO ATTENDEE SUBSTITUTIONS unless cleared through CELA office.
    (Substitutions will be made from the waiting list, in order of sign up, and as available.)
  • Absolutely no refunds and/or cancellations after Friday, May 20, 2016 (no exceptions).
  • This program, while located at Pepperdine University, is not affiliated, sponsored or endorsed by Pepperdine University.


Bernard Alexander, Michael Baltaxe, Dustin Collier, David M. deRubertis,
Phil Horowitz, Laura Horton, Toni Jaramilla and Cynthia Rice



Shared campus housing and full service hotel rooms are available at an additional cost.  Please contact CELA for pricing and reservation information at

Pepperdine University is located at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA  90263.

For those flying in, the closest airport is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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