Trial Skills and Ethics, a Trial By Human Escape (in Santa Barbara, CA)
to Oct 8

Trial Skills and Ethics, a Trial By Human Escape (in Santa Barbara, CA)

Trial Skills and Ethics,
a Trial By Human Escape

October 5-8, 2018 in Santa Barbara, CA

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Recharge, renew and re-energize your practice and yourself with new ideas, practical skills, live interactive demonstrations, great food and yoga all in the gorgeous setting of historic Santa Barbara. This will be a seminar unlike any you have ever attended.

Learn from top trial lawyers and trial judges with decades of experiencing and overseeing thousands of trials. Work your case and attend an exclusive and hands-on session with Nick Rowley.

In addition to the program, there will be time for socializing and relaxing. Bring your family with you.  Make it a fun and wonderful weekend in Santa Barbara during a beautiful time of year.  

The seminar starts on Friday, October 5, 2018 (4:00 p.m. registration), and runs through Monday, October 8, 2018 (2:00 p.m.). Registration includes one room Friday and Saturday nights; breakfast, lunch, snacks, and yoga on Saturday and Sunday; and the best CLE seminar of the year.

There are very few spots for this summit. It will sell out quickly. We’ve been warned by the hotel: Due to fire codes, we will be unable to squeeze in people at the end – even good friends. We love you, but we can’t get you in, if you don’t register

Registration Notes:

1. Your ticket INCLUDES a room at the Canary on Friday and Saturday, if you would like to stay the night on Sunday please add that option on check out. 

2. If more than one registrant is sharing a room, please e-mail for details on how to register for the summit. 

An application requesting MCLE credit for this activity is pending
for approval by the State Bar of California.

 Sponsored by Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley/Trial by Human and Hosted by Ellen Pansky

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Trial By Human Seminar (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
to Dec 17

Trial By Human Seminar (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

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Trial By Human Seminar in Minneapolis, Minnesota

This December join Nick Rowley at the Trial By Human Seminar in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Minnesota Association for Justice Center for Legal Education

Note: Non-MNAJ members need to call Derek Lamparty at 612-375-1707 to get registered



Settle In and Orientation—Meet and Greet
Introduction to Faculty, Staff and Project

Introduction and Overview of Voir Dire
Brutal Honesty in Voir Dire—a new but proven approach to jury selection—On Your Feet


Choosing Story and Introduction to Storytelling in the Courtroom—How do you tell a Better Story and Motivate the Jury to be the Hero of Your Story. Q and A

Assign Groups for Trial Teams/Collaboration on Courtroom Trial Prep. Development by teams of

  • Theme/Theory of Plaintiff Case
  • Theme/Theory of Defense Case
  • Jury Ask


Introduction and Development of Opening Statement
Setting the Stage: Making the Courtroom a Visual Reminder of the Case Specific Facts.  Physicality and Visually: Combining all of our resources for full sensory communication


Ethical Considerations in Working with your Client: Coaching the Client as a Witness; Disclosure and Client Coaching when Developing Storytelling; Strategies; Directing the Client and Keeping them Involved; Inoculation

Break—Gather for Dinner

Dinner and Hosted Bar—Discussion of Day’s Work


On Your Feet: Practical Group Presentation of Openings—Group feedback and Collaboration: Further Development of Defense Case, Plaintiff Theme and Theory, Case Structure and Trial Planning and Logistics


Introductions to Direct Examination-Collateral Sources, the power of physicality in the Courtroom, the Expert Direct, Cross Exam in the Plaintiff’s Direct
Introductions to Cross Examination- Expert Cross, Soft Tissue Injury Cross, Intro to Brain Injury in the Courtroom


Break out for practical collaboration on Directs and Crosses;
Practical Group Presentation of Directs and Crosses with witnesses to the group; Critique and feedback;  Courtroom Awareness in the heat of the moment


Introduction to Closing: Pulling it altogether with focus on the facts. Betrayal by the defense/defendant or other villain, actions not people; Group Participation; Q/A


On Your Feet: Practical Group Presentation of Closings—Critique and Feedback—Real Trial Settings and Courtroom Awareness- Rebuttal


Premises Liability Presentation: Case Selection, Preparation and Trial Strategy


Course Fee includes CLE credits (requested), written materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages.

CLE Credit has been requested of the Minnesota (22.25 Standard) and the Wisconsin (26.5 Standard) State Boards of Continuing Legal Education.

19.0 MN CLE Credits requested

CLE 8 hours.

CLE 8 hours. 

CLE 3 hours.

Course Fee includes CLE credits (requested), written materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages.

CLE Credit has been requested of the Minnesota (19.0 Standard) and the Wisconsin (22.5 Standard) State Boards of Continuing Legal Education.

Click here to find out more and to register
or contact Derek Lamparty (612) 375-1707
Non-MNAJ members need to call Derek at 612-375-1707 to get registered


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Consumer Attorneys of California 56th Annual Convention (SF, CA)
to Nov 19

Consumer Attorneys of California 56th Annual Convention (SF, CA)


Consumer Attorneys Of California 56th Annual Convention
November 16-19, 2017 in San Francisco, CA

Nick Rowley & Gary Dordick will be speaking on Saturday, November 18 from 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM.

Session Title: The Ranch, the Reptile and the Rules of the Road

Click here for more information and to register


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Nick Rowley at Drake Law AAJ
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Nick Rowley at Drake Law AAJ

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Nick Rowley at Drake Law AAJ

Saturday, November 11 at 9am
Drake Legal Clinic Courtroom

Sponsored by Galligan Reid, P.C.


Having tried more than 100 cases to juries before the age of 40 and recovered more than half a billion dollars in settlements and jury verdicts, many consider Iowa native Nick Rowley to be the leading trial lawyer of his generation. An Air Force veteran, educator and author, he is renowned for his advocacy skills and dedication to representing injury victims. Nick is deeply committed to pro bono representation of the overcharged and wrongfully accused. He has never lost a criminal trial. He practices at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley in Los Angeles, California.

Meet and learn from Nick as he leads a discussion on trying your first case, ethical issues in trial work, connecting with the jury, and asking for damages. This opportunity is designed for law students, but new and experienced attorneys alike will enjoy learning from this great trial lawyer. 

Admission: Recommended donation of $20 (student) and $40 (attorney). All profits will benefit the food pantry at Bidwell Riverside Center on the south side of Des Moines.

Special guests include Iowa trial attorneys Brian Galligan and Timm Reid.

Seats are not reserved and are available on a strictly first-come, first-serve basis. 

Contact Nate Staudt ( with any questions.

Seminar Schedule

9:00am Welcome and Introductions
Joe Casey, Chapter President Nate Staudt, Chapter Secretary

9:15am Becoming a Trial Lawyer and Your First Trial
Nick Rowley, Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley

10:30am The Ethics of Trial Practice
Brian Galligan, Galligan Reid
Timm Reid, Galligan Reid
Nick Rowley, Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley

1:00am Lunch (on your own)

12:00pm Connecting with the Jury and Developing the Human Story
Nick Rowley, Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley

1:00pm Asking for Damages
Nick Rowley, Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley

Click here to register

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Iowa Association for Justice's 44th Annual Convention (Des Moines, Iowa)
to Nov 10

Iowa Association for Justice's 44th Annual Convention (Des Moines, Iowa)

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Iowa Association for Justice 44th Annual Convention
November 9-10, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa

Courtney and Nick Rowley will be speaking at IAJ's 44th Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.  They will be speaking on Thursday, November 9th from 9:30am to 11:15am. 

Session Title: Connecting to Our Cases, Connecting to Ourselves

Click here to see details and to register

Iowa trial attorneys have come to expect the very best from the Iowa Association for Justice (IAJ) Annual Convention, and for very good reason. IAJ has an unmatched record of bringing together the most sought after speakers from across the state and nation to share state-of-the-art trial advocacy theories and techniques, and cutting-edge litigation solutions for your practice. 

Our November Annual Convention has become one of the most anticipated CLE seminars in Iowa -- and a social and professional imperative for trial attorneys of all stripes. 



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Nevada Justice Convention (Portland, OR)
to Oct 7

Nevada Justice Convention (Portland, OR)

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Nevada Justice Convention
Portland, Oregon October 5-7, 2017

Nick and Courtney will be speaking at the Nevada Justice Convention in Portland, Oregon. They will be the closing speakers on October 7th from 10:00am-12:00pm.  

Convention Registration                                               Hotel Registration

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Lummi Island CLE Retreat (Lummi Island, WA)
to Jul 16

Lummi Island CLE Retreat (Lummi Island, WA)

Join us on beautiful Lummi Island for interactive sessions with Nicholas Rowley, Courtney Rowley, and Karl Malling. These powerful warriors for justice will share their expertise and techniques to maintain the “human” connection in the trial process.

Retreat limited to 45 attendees. All inclusive, morning yoga, meals, and accommodations at vacation rental homes (19 CLE Credits). 

To find out more about the retreat and to register please visit the Lummi Island CLE website or contact for more information.


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New Jersey Trial Lawyers Seminar (Brunswick, NJ)
8:00 AM08:00

New Jersey Trial Lawyers Seminar (Brunswick, NJ)

New Jersey Trial Lawyers Seminar

Exposing Deceptive Defense Medicine

Mark your calendars for this plaintiff's only seminar on June 17, 2017 in New Brunswick, NJ. Courtney and Nicholas Rowley will be speaking along with Dorothy Clay Sim, Rick Friedman, Edward Capozzi, Ken Rosenblatt and more.  

More information will be posted soon.

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Vermont Association for Justice Conference (South Burlington, VT)
8:00 AM08:00

Vermont Association for Justice Conference (South Burlington, VT)

Join us in person for this special event at the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington, Vermont.  Nick Rowley is the keynote speaker and will also be presenting a CLE segment.  Stay tuned for more details.  Join our mailing list to keep up on this and other Trial by Human events.

Contact for more information.

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Take Back the Courtroom IV: Overcoming Obstacles in Litigation (Miami, FL)
to May 20

Take Back the Courtroom IV: Overcoming Obstacles in Litigation (Miami, FL)

Trial Guides is proud to announce the fourth Take Back the Courtroom CLE event. This two-day, intensive CLE brings together three of America’s greatest trial lawyers: Rick Friedman, Roger Dodd, and Randi McGinn (plus guest speakers Nicholas Rowley and Keith Mitnik). They will teach you all of the skills necessary to win even the most difficult trials.

This event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The cost varies based on your level of experience:

  • $1,200 per person for those lawyers who have practiced for more than five years.
  • $600 per person for those who have practiced less than five years if they are registered with Trial Guides’ New Lawyers Program.

On Friday, May 19, there will be a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Both evenings will feature a guest speaker from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.. These two sessions are optional, although they are included in the event price.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is open only to civil plaintiff’s OR criminal defense counsel. Lawyers who perform any work on behalf of insurance companies or any form of civil defense work are not allowed to attend. All attendees will be required to sign an affidavit to that effect before being allowed entry. No audio or video recording is allowed.

You will have access to five trial legends at this event - lawyers who try cases every year and who continue to obtain exceptional results.  This is an event you don't want to miss.

Topics will include:

  • Working with difficult judges
  • Dealing with difficult opponents
  • Handling difficult cases
  • Preparing difficult clients for depositions
  • Preparing difficult clients for direct and cross-examination at trial
  • How to make tough decisions at trial
  • How to deal with new venues and new judges
  • Demonstrative evidence
  • Changing trends in voir dire
  • And much more


Rick Friedman
Rick Friedman built his reputation representing people and small businesses injured by large corporations and government agencies. He handles cases including catastrophic injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, and business torts. He is past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates and author of several best-selling trial advocacy books including Rules of the Road.

Roger Dodd
Roger Dodd is the co-author of the best-selling text Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques and the author of Cross-Examination at Depositions to be released in Spring of 2017. He is also an internationally recognized lecturer on cross-examination. He practices nationally on high and low-profile civil and criminal cases including as co-counsel.

Randi McGinn
Randi McGinn is one of the leading trial lawyers in the country, known for her creativity in the courtroom and her use of demonstrative evidence to visualize opening, direct, cross-examination, and closing argument. She is the first woman ever elected President of the Inner Circle of Advocates, and she is the author of Changing Laws, Saving Lives.

Nicholas Rowley (guest speaker)
At only 39 years old, Nick has tried over 110 cases, obtaining verdicts over $500 Million. Many consider Nick Rowley to be the leading trial lawyer of his generation. Nick has proven that he is willing to go where others won’t, dedicate his heart and soul, and achieve record results. He will be flying in from California to provide a special lecture Friday night.  Nick is the author of the Trial Guides book Trial by Human. Nick will share with you secrets of how to win big at trial.  

Keith Mitnik (guest speaker)
Florida's own Keith Mitnik, author of the best selling book Don't Eat The Bruises, has just been added to the program on Saturday afternoon! Keith has obtained multiple eight figure jury verdicts, including verdicts for $90 Million, $40 Million, $27 Million and more.  He is the final speaker, covering practical skills that you can apply in all of your trials, completing a once in a lifetime lineup of speakers. People will be talking about this CLE for years to come.  

Click here to for more details and to register for this event


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    AAJ Rules of the Road Seminar (Sonoma, CA)
    to Apr 8

    AAJ Rules of the Road Seminar (Sonoma, CA)

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    American Association for Justice Education's Rules of the Road for Medical Negligence, Drugs, and Devices
    Featuring Patrick Malone

    Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma, CA
    April 7-8, 2017

    Mark your calendars! Based on Patrick Malone and Rick Friedman’s Rules of the Road, one of the best-known books on proving liability, Rules of the Road: Medical Negligence, Drugs, and Devices returns this April. Don’t miss the chance to learn how to apply Rules from Patrick Malone himself, joined by an all-star faculty of renowned trial attorneys from around the nation. 

    Nick Rowley will be presenting, "Using Rules to Connect with your Jury" on Saturday, April 8th from 9:45-10:45am.  View the full schedule here.


    Please click here to register or contact AAJ at (800) 622-1791

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    The 2016 SCCTLA – Belli Seminar (San Jose, CA)
    8:45 AM08:45

    The 2016 SCCTLA – Belli Seminar (San Jose, CA)

    The 2016 SCCTLA – Belli Seminar is moderated by Melvin Caesar Belli, son of the late “King of Torts”, and Maryanne Murphy, former president of SCCTLA. In the tradition of the late Melvin Belli, the seminar is a venue for top trial lawyers, consultants, experts, and this year, marketing consultants, to share cutting-edge strategies, tactics and techniques that aim to grow your law firm.

    The five hour seminar is fast-paced. Each of the presenters is provided with 20 minutes to teach and share in the tradition of the late Mr. Belli.

    The morning program will feature Trojan Horse Method co-founder Dan Ambrose. Mr. Ambrose will demonstrate revolutionary witness prep & direct exam skills that will transport your jury. The afternoon program, with attorney Nicholas C. Rowley, will show you how to voir dire on, present and argue non-economic damages using Mr. Rowley’s Trial by Human Method.

    Don’t miss this outstanding program and earn up to 5 CLE units. Register now by clicking here!

    October 28, 2016 from 8:45 am to 2:30 pm
    The Westin San Jose
    302 S Market St
    San Jose, CA 95113

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    Trial by Human Seminar (Lummi Island, WA)
    to Jul 17

    Trial by Human Seminar (Lummi Island, WA)

    July 14th through the 17th, three day intensive trial skills training.


    Join Courtney Rowley, Nicholas Rowley and Haytham Faraj on the beautiful San Juan Island of Lummi, in Washington State, just South of the Canadian Border for this all inclusive continued learning course.

    Bring materials, any expert reports or depositions on experts you have to cross examine in upcoming or past cases, and Nick will use your case as an example to set up and eliminate the hired gun defense expert.

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