Regular Program

Saturday May 16 – Saturday May 23, 2020
Limited enrolment

Attendees are divided into small homeroom classes based upon their years in practice and family law litigation experience. During this intensive eight day program, attendees develop skills training in all aspects of family law litigation, from opening statement to closing argument. Attendees are provided lectures and demonstrations on developing the theme of your case, opening statements, evidence, custody evaluations and psychological testing, business valuations, technology in the courtroom, direct and cross examination of parties and experts, and closing arguments. Students then return to their homeroom classes to participate in individualized training and exercises. Exercises are critiqued in the classroom by at least two experienced family law litigators and are digitally recorded and streamed to another classroom for a private one on one evaluation with a third faculty member. This learn by repetition approach is the key to developing the expertise and confidence to be a persuasive litigator. The week culminates with an actual final trial in the technology friendly courtrooms of the Harris County Civil Courthouse.

$3,850.00 ($4,000.00 after March 15, 2020)

Advanced Cross-Examination

Saturday May 16 – Monday May 18, 2020
Limited to 8 attendees per class

The Advanced Cross-Examination Institute is designed to provide attendees skills training in conducting advanced cross-examinations in a family law trial. This advanced course includes lectures and demonstrations on advanced cross-examination techniques by experienced family law litigators from across the United States. In addition, attendees will participate in individualized training and exercises. This course is taught by Stephen Kolodny and Mark Geragos.

Stephen Kolodny has been teaching the Family Law Trial Institute for 28 years and is considered to be one of the finest family law litigators in the country. Mark Geragos, a nationally acclaimed litigator who regularly appears as both guest and legal commentator on the Today show, Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper 360°, On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren, 48 Hours and Larry King Live. Geragos is also the best-selling author of “Mistrial.”


Advanced Business Valuation

Saturday May 20 – Monday May 22, 2019
Limited to 8 attendees

This program includes an in-depth examination of business valuations in a family law matter. Topics of discussion include relevant IRS Rulings and other professional standards, standard of value and appraisal approaches, trial strategies and the role of the financial expert, and specific discovery needs for business valuations. Continuing the National Family Law Trial Institute’s learn by repetition approach, attendees also learn to develop direct and cross examination questions and then practice examination of valuation experts. This course is taught by Jay E. Fishman, FASA, co-author, with Shannon Pratt, of the Guide to Business Valuation, and co-author, with Shannon Pratt and William Morrison, of Standards of Value: Theory and Applications, and Tim Madden, an attorney in South Carolina with extensive litigation experience in business valuation and complex marital property issues.