About the National Family Law Trial Institute in Houston

Advocacy Is What We Teach

Whether you are new to the practice of family law and want to develop confidence and experience in the courtroom or you are an experienced litigator seeking to improve your courtroom presence, the National Family Law Trial Institute is the preeminent litigation skills course dedicated exclusively to family law. Using the latest technology in small group and individual settings students will learn to develop a family law case from start to finish. During this extensive week-long course students will also:

  • Learn strategies for direct and cross-examination of psychological and financial experts
  • Examine practice guidelines and appropriate methodologies for custody evaluations
  • Understand the use of psychological testing and its role in your custody case
  • Learn to utilize expert witnesses and trial consultants to their fullest potential
  • Dissect an expert report relating to the valuation of a closely held business interest
  • Understand the elements of a business valuation
  • Acquire CLE Credit while expanding your legal experience
  • Network with top professionals in your field

The nationally renowned faculty of the National Family Law Trial Institute includes top family law litigators, jurists, and forensic experts from across the country. These faculty members are recognized authorities in the fields of evidence, family law advocacy, cross-examination, taxation, business valuation, psychological evaluation, and custody evaluation. They have held leadership positions in the American Bar Association, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as well as state and local bar associations. Individual faculty members have been included among the Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers and are the recipients of numerous prestigious awards. Students of the National Family Law Trial Institute benefit from the extensive trial experience, scholarship, and teaching excellence of these faculty members in a unique setting that adapts the successful techniques developed by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy to the unique characteristics of family law litigation. Learn more about the National Family Law Trial Institute and the programs by contacting us.

To find out more about the training you’ll receive, read about it in the Family Lawyer Magazine. An interview with Stephen Kolodny. Article here: “Training Family Lawyers for Trial”

“My experience at the Houston Trial Institute improved my entire approach to trying a family law case. After attending the Institute, I feel both more knowledgeable and confident every time I step into the court room, and the results show in my practice. Given the opportunity, every lawyer should jump at the chance to attend this program. You will walk out of the Houston Trial Institute the litigator you have always wanted to be.”
Jessica Janicek – Southlake, Texas