The United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (“FBA”) are pleased to announce the 2017 Federal Trial Practice Seminar.

      The Seminar is an instructional trial practice program designed for lawyers who have less than 10 years of experience as a practicing attorney, but who have an interest in regularly litigating in the District Court. Applicants who are admitted to the Seminar will participate in instructional sessions on topics including Opening Statements, Closing Statements, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, Motions In Limine and Courtroom Presentation and Demeanor.

      The Seminar sessions, to be held in April, May and June 2017, will involve both: (1) instruction from nationally-recognized speakers who have frequently litigated in the District Court and (2) hands-on training sessions, including a mock-trial-style format, in which the participants will apply what they have learned from the speakers. These weekly sessions will also be attended by Judges of the District Court and a group of program mentors, all of whom have extensive trial practice experience in the District Court. Seminar participants will also obtain Continuing Legal Education credit (including Ethics-related credit) and will have additional opportunities to interact with the District Court judges, the speakers and the program mentors outside of these sessions. There is no cost to participate in the Seminar, which is open to both members and non-members of the FBA.

      Those interested in applying for the Seminar should submit a resume and a letter of interest by January 6, 2017 to The Honorable Christopher J. Burke. Applications should be sent by e-mail at: FTPS2017@ded.uscourts.gov. Any questions can be directed to the Seminar co-coordinators, Jennifer Hall jennifer.hall@usdoj.gov) or Susan Coletti (coletti@fr.com).



Honorable Christopher J. Burke
U.S. Magistrate Judge
United States District Court
      for the District of Delaware
J. Caleb Boggs Federal Bldg.
844 North King Street
Unit 28
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 573-4591


Susan Coletti
Fish & Richardson 
(302) 778-8434

Jennifer Hall
United States Attorney's Office
(302) 225-9409


Click HERE for a copy of the Seminar Description in PDF Format

Click HERE for photos of prior FTPS events