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John Leighton Goes to Harvard Law School to Teach Trial Advocacy College to Lawyers

Managing partner John Leighton was invited to serve as teaching faculty at ATLA’s Ultimate Trial Advocacy College: The Art of Persuasion, taught at Harvard Law School in March 2018. Leighton joined a faculty of highly experienced trial lawyers and trial consultants from around the country in educating lawyers in this week-long trial skills college.  The College is offered only to plaintiff attorneys who have tried more than five cases to conclusion.  Most of the participants, however, were substantially more experienced (some had been trial lawyers for over 30 years).

With the inaugural program held at Harvard University Law School in 1990, ATLA’s Ultimate was the first of its kind to train trial lawyers in advanced communication skills and trial strategies. Using more than 20 years of ATLA/AAJ research, ATLA’s Ultimate remains the national gold standard of trial advocacy programs.

In 2018, the tradition of ATLA’s Ultimate continued. The rigorous five-day program delivered the ultimate strategies for jury selection, voir dire, trial psychology, and courtroom communications. It included a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops led by a faculty of seasoned trial lawyers with nationally recognized trial consultants and communications experts.  A national assortment of lawyers traveled to the college to improve their trial skills and learn techniques for enhancing their clients’ cases and maximizing damages. Each participant was videotaped in workshops, and were afforded the chance to receive valuable training from both attorney and consultant faculty, who worked in teams with each small group.