Regular Program

Saturday May 19 – Saturday May 26, 2018
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.

$3,750.00 ($4,000.00 after March 15, 2017)

Advanced Cross-Examination Institute

Saturday May 19 – Monday May 21, 2018
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 Custody Litigation

Monday May 21, 2018 –  Wednesday May 23, 2018
Limited to 8 attendees

This program includes an in-depth examination of custody issues in a contested family law matter. Topics of discussion include psychological testing, elements of a proper child custody evaluation, importance of specific referral questions, identifying common and complex errors in the evaluation, deconstructing the evaluation, and evidentiary issues relating to custody litigation. Continuing the National Family Law Trial Institute’s learn by repetition approach, attendees also learn to develop direct and cross examination questions and them practice examination techniques by questioning nationally renowned forensic psychologist, Jonathan Gould. Dr. Gould is a Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and testifies in child custody cases across the country. Dr. Gould is also the author of Psychological Experts in Divorce Actions, Conducting Scientifically Crafted Child Evaluations, and The Art and Science of Child Custody Evaluations.

This course is taught by Dr. Gould and Lynne Gold-Bikin, a veteran practitioner of family law who has been recognized as one of the top 10 divorce lawyers in the country. Ms. Gold-Bikin frequently appears as a commentator on family law issues in many local and national media outlets, including ABC’s Good Morning America.