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The Professor Michael L. Davis Reality Trial
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When: Monday, October 14, 2019
Where: Arlington County Courthouse
1425 North Courthouse Road
Arlington 22201

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Arlington County Bar Foundation


Arlington County Bar Association

with support from
George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School



The Professor Michael L. Davis Reality Trial


“A Criminal Jury Trial – A View From the Jury Box”

A Criminal Trial – Was it a Date Rape?  Was the accused the culprit?

You will see and hear the jury deliberate through closed circuit feed from the jury deliberation room.

Monday, October 14, 2019 (Columbus Day)
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Arlington County Courthouse (10th floor)

Seven (7) MCLE credits & one (1) hour in ethics


--Be part of a live, interactive and unique experience

--Watch experienced trial attorneys conduct a criminal jury trial

--Watch the live feed into the courtroom as the jurors deliberate!
              -How do they deliberate?
              -What do they discuss?
              -Do they follow jury instructions?
              -What do they consider important/unimportant?
              -How do they perceive clients, witnesses and their attorneys?
              -Do they ignore stricken evidence?
              -How do they actually reach a verdict?

--Participate in post-verdict discussions with the jurors

--Take away invaluable and practical lessons and tips on how to communicate with and learn from real jurors


Here is just some of the feedback from past attendees of this popular CLE:

 “This is the third one of these I’ve been to.  I have 30 CLE hours so far this year.  This is an excellent format.  The idea of watching the jury and how they deliberate—you can’t put a money amount on that!”

“It’s the most practical CLE you can get!”

“I had my own thoughts in my head.  I wanted to see if the jurors matched up with that.”

“We got to see in real time what the jury got stuck on and what they went through really quickly.”

“It was an excellent CLE and very relevant to my heavy litigation practice.  It is rare that a practitioner 
has chance to get into the minds of the jurors…This seminar helped me to shape the manner in which I present cases to a jury and illustrations that I use…I highly recommend this CLE!”

“The ‘Reality’ CLE programs of the Arlington Bar are incredibly unique and wholly different from all other CLE programs I have attended in the past 20 years.  The elusive holy grail of trial work is being able to actually observe the impression one is making onto the jury…”

“With video cameras and other technology, the Reality CLE series is incredibly…well, realistic.  I was a fly on the wall in an actual jury trial from start to verdict and I knew exactly what worked and did not work with the jury.  I could see and hear them deliberating.  It was very insightful.”

“…The CLE was entertaining, informative and a very efficient way to obtain CLE credits.  It provided valuable insight into jury deliberations that would not otherwise be possible.  In addition, it allowed the observers to see the real impact, or lack thereof, in selecting preemptory strikes.  Great value for the money while providing substantive information.”


Public servant (Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Court Appointed Counsel) 
and attorneys in practice 5 years or less

General Registration (attorneys in practice more than 5 years)

Lunch will be provided

Register NOW on the link below!  Space is limited.


              Parking meters will not be enforced on Monday, October 14.