Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court Program

Adam T. Suroff   The Western District has long partnered with the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association in its efforts to develop the trial skills of young attorneys through the Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court Program. The Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court Program exposes young attorneys to CLE luncheons geared toward the practical skills needed to become a successful litigator, and offers opportunities for one-on-one instruction and critiques from state and federal judges as well as experienced attorneys in the legal community. There are three components to the Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court Program: (1) a CLE luncheon series; (2) preparatory sessions led by Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen, in which young attorneys enrolled in the program are instructed on a specific aspect of trial; and (3) performance sessions, where the young attorneys are afforded an opportunity to practice the aspect of trial on which they have been instructed and receive feedback on their performance.
Adam T. Suroff
   
An exciting change has been made to the performance sessions this year. In addition to the young attorneys receiving feedback on their respective performances from judges and experienced litigators, the attorneys will now also be able to critique their own performances. For the first time, all performance sessions will be videotaped. The attorneys will be given access to their videotaped performances so they can observe firsthand any aspects of their delivery of which they were not previously aware. This change will undoubtedly make the experience more meaningful for those enrolled in the program. The court is proud to play a role in the development of the next generation of trial attorneys.   Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell and U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Larsen
Adam Suroff and Rebecca Suroff
Adam Suroff and Rebecca Suroff
   
Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell and U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Larsen
     
View the 2010-11 Program Schedule at http://www.mow.uscourts.gov/outreach/2010_2011/luncheon_schedule.pdf.   Inn of Court Program Attendees

 

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