CCK Partners Scott Kilpatrick and Mason Waring participate in Rhode Island Litigation Academy, aimed at helping attorneys develop trial skills and courtroom experience.
The Rhode Island Litigation Academy was created in 2014 by the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island in partnership with the Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and Roger Williams University School of Law. The mission of the Academy is to train and mentor new attorneys, with a primary focus of developing trial and litigation skills. The academy is designed to teach new lawyers trial skills needed to argue in court; the program allows participants to argue in front of a real judge and includes actors that play witnesses in the courtroom. The judge and lawyers who volunteer offer feedback and critiques based on the participant’s performance.
The program includes exercises in direct and cross examination, questioning witnesses, and depositions to allow young attorneys to hone their skills in a supportive and constructive setting. The Academy seeks to develop additional programs as it evolves in order to address the needs of new attorneys.
CCK founding partner Scott Kilpatrick, former president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, has been an instructor for the Academy since it was formed in 2014, offering his time and expertise to train young lawyers for trial. In the Academy’s video, Scott Kilpatrick and fellow CCK partner Mason Waring can be seen in the courtroom, Scott observing and offering feedback, and Mason as a participant in the program.
In the video, Mason discusses how the program helps those of all experience levels:
“The Litigation Academy is useful to people of all experience levels. Not only do you get specific practical information on how to approach a skill, you get the more academic analysis of the particular skill and you hear how people have addressed it in their practice over the years, and sometimes those issues that are undecided, you’ll have judges debating it, you’ll have the lawyers debating it. And so being able to take both the skills and the practical information, and how the different people approach the issues back to your practice and incorporating that is incredibly valuable.”