Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy

The Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy is yearly program organized in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Section and the U.S, District Court for the Western District of Missouri that is designed to teach new lawyers trial advocacy skills. The program provides participating attorneys with training and guidance from experienced litigators and judges and allows them to practice trial techniques in a realistic courtroom setting.

Led by United States Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen, training sessions cover voir dire, opening statments, direct and cross examinations, evidentiary foundations, expert witnesses, and closing arguments.

The program includes a total of 54.6 hours of CLE credit in Missouri, including two hours of ethics, and 46 hours of CLE credit including two hours of ethics in Kansas.

For a more detailed description of the Trial Academy, click here.

To download a 2013-2014 Trial Academy schedule, click here.

The application period for the 2013-2014 Trial Academy has ended. Please check back later for specific application information for the 2014-2015 program.

To apply for Trial Academy, complete an application form and return it to KCMBA at 2300 Main St., Ste. 100, Kansas City, MO 64108. Please note that all particpants are expected to attend all evening session and the mock trial competition, which is typically held on a Saturday morning in April.

The cost of the program is $575, which includes all sessions, the mock trial competition, an electronic trial notebook with materials, and the year-end reception. Please enclose your payment along with your application. A limited number of scholarships are available through the Western District of Missouri for applicants requiring financial assistance.

For further information about Trial Academy, contact Barb Hannon at 816-474-4322 or


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