Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy

The Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy is an annual 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 statements, direct and cross examinations, evidentiary foundations, expert witnesses, and closing arguments. The program is eligible for 50-55 CLE credit hours in Missouri and Kansas, including two hours of ethics.

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

The Application Period for 2015-2016 has ended.
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A limited number of scholarships are available through the KCMBA YLS and Diversity Sections.


2015-2016 Trial Academy Schedule


For further information about Trial Academy, contact Kim Elrod at 816-474-4322 or


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