15 Years of Winning Advocacy Skills

Sandra Cunningham, QC welcomes registrants to CLEBC's Winning Advocacy Skills workshop.

Wendesday - Friday, July 9 - 11, 2014
8:30am - 5:00pm
UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

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The Case

Flames burst from the dry cleaner on Elm Street in East Vancouver. Spontaneous combustion? The insurance company pays out, but a private investigator gets a sniff of arson. The insurance company wants its money back. The police conduct an investigation and the owner and one of his employees are charged with arson.

This scenario mirrors a real case and is the basis for this year’s Winning Advocacy Skills Workshop. Since 1999, civil and criminal counsel have enhanced their courtroom skills through our annual workshop. The 15th annual workshop will be held in Vancouver July 9 – 11, 2014, with a prestigious group of senior counsel offering personalized instruction and feedback in a safe environment.

“The best way to learn the skills that you need to be successful in the courtroom is to practice them in a safe, supportive environment.”

Sandra Cunningham, QC - course co-chair

Over 3 days you will practice every stage of a trial, including:

The Honourable Madam Justice M. Marvyn Koenigsberg, Teresa Sheward, and Sandra A. Cunningham, QC
  • Trial preparation
  • Opening statements
  • Examination-in-chief
  • Cross-examination
  • Hostile witnesses
  • Exhibits and demonstrative evidence
  • Objections
  • Impeachment and re-examination
  • Experts

Registration includes a copy of the British Columbia Civil Trial Handbook, winner of the ACLEA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Publications (regular price: $255)

You will be up on your feet practicing direct and cross-examination. You will see demonstrations of these skills by senior counsel. Your performance will be videotaped and critiqued by senior counsel and judges whose only goal is to help you hone your skills.

Faculty will strive to create an in-court experience so you will feel that you’re actually delivering your case.

What you’ll learn

You will have the chance to:

  • Practice all aspects of a trial
  • View the courtroom from the perspective of judges and witnesses
  • Practice your performance, watch it played back, and receive one-on-one private feedback
  • Experiment and try different approaches
  • Enhance skills and learn from errors without cost to your client or your reputation


“One of the real benefits of this course has been to build an ever-growing core of lawyers dedicated to advocacy as an art, and as an important part of the legal profession’s commitment to improving access to justice.”

The Honourable Madam Justice M. Marvyn Koenigsberg, Supreme Court of BC - course co-chair

Materials Included

  • British Columbia Civil Trial Handbook, winner of the ACLEA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Publications (regular price: $255)
  • Detailed case materials including statements and exhibits

You’ll start performing work on the case from day one, so we highly recommend you REVIEW THE MATERIALS BEFORE THE WORKSHOP.


You will be awarded with a certificate upon completion of the course.

Register early. Space is limited.

Register online or call our Customer Service department at 604-893-2121.