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Introduction to Trial Advocacy

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Course Information

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute is pleased to offer its Introduction to Trial Advocacy course. This intensive, three-day course focuses on the prosecution theory of a case and the process of communicating that theory to jurors. This involves developing a theme and using it throughout the trial to help guide jurors. The course concentrates on each component of the trial from opening statement through closing argument.

The course emphasizes the importance of communication theory including the use of visual communication and an easily understood prosecution theory. The teaching method includes performance workshops with video and live critiques as well as demonstration and lecture format. The ideal student should have some experience with courtroom advocacy, but the course is designed for prosecutors with less than two or three years of experience.

Class size is limited to the first 25 qualified registrants! This course is limited to active prosecutors in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To ensure a fair representation among counties, attendance will be limited to no more than three prosecutors from each county.

CLE Credit

Introduction to Trial Advocacy has been accredited by the PA CLE Board for 1 Ethics and 14 Substantive CLE Credits.

Case Scenario

A specific case scenario has been developed for this course by PDAI’s Education and Training Committee. Approximately one month prior to the start date of the course, the case scenario, along with the registrants’ attendee confirmation and revised schedule, will be mailed to all eligible course participants. Attendees should review the case scenario prior to the course and be familiar with the facts of the case. Participants will be expected to give an opening statement, conduct direct and cross examinations, as well as a closing argument, based on the facts of the scenario. Attendees will receive two critiques: a live critique and a critique of their videotaped presentation by two separate course faculty members.


A continental breakfast, full buffet lunch and breaks will be offered each day of the course. Each attendee is responsible for his or her own dinner plans and any incidental expenses.

Attendance & Dress

It is essential that participants attend all training sessions. Dress for the general lectures is casual. Courtroom attire is required for the trial advocacy workshops.


Registration closes on August 18, 2017. To register online click on the Register Now button at the top of this course description. You will be prompted to log in to the Members Only area to access the registration page for this training. You can also download the registration form and mail, fax or email it to:

Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute
2929 Front Street
Harrisburg, PA  17110
Fax: (717) 231-3912


No refunds will be issued on or after September 8, 2017. Substitute attendees, however, are permissible at any time.

Overnight Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel at the rate of $115.00 per night, single or double occupancy plus state and local taxes. The room rate is a separate charge paid directly to the Penn Stater Conference Hotel. It is not included in the registration fee. You may make your reservations by calling the Penn Stater directly at 800-233-7505 by August 18, 2017. Reference Reservation Identification Number: PDAI17A to receive the group rate.

September 26th, 2017 9:00 AM   through   September 28th, 2017 1:30 PM
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
215 Innovation Boulevard
State College, PA 16803
America South, Central, North and Caribbean
Phone: 800-233-7505
I will send payment by check. $ 350.00
Number of years prosecuting cases

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