2023 Trial Academy

2023 Trial Academy
2023 Trial Academy

Date and Time
 Friday & Saturday, June 23 & 24, 2023, 8:30am to 4:00pm 
Location: William S. Richardson School of Law
Credit: This seminar qualifies for 6.5 CLE credits (5 CLE credits Friday, June 23th and 1.5 CLE credit Saturday, June 24th). Enough to meet the mandatory credit requirement for two years (RSCH 22)! 
$270 General Registration
$130 Neighbor Island Member Registration

$130 Non-Profit Registration*

*Non-Profit rate available for attorneys employed by a legal service provider with 501 (c) (3) IRS status or organization eligible for ILAF funds.

Includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Coffee service daily

Register Early! Space is limited to 56 attendees.

Cancellation/Refunds: Cancellation requests must be received (in writing to [email protected] or mail) by Friday, June 16, 2023 for a full refund.  There will be no refunds for No-Shows. 


The Trial Academy is the HSBA’s biennial two-day, hands-on, interactive trial practice program:

  • Each participant conducts major components of a full trial from opening, through direct and cross examination, and closing. The case will be provided in advance for preparation. Brainstorming sessions will be scheduled to help you prepare your case.
  • Receive feedback and coaching from experienced faculty who are successful litigators as well as effective instructors and mentors. Individual video evaluation will be utilized to coach students on effective presentation.
  • Acquire effective and common sense courtroom skills that will help you in your everyday practice.
  • Live in person or Zoom training available (highly recommended)
    Session A (Direct/Cross): Tuesday, June 6th at 12:00pm. To 1:00 p.m.
    Session B (Opening/Closing): Tuesday, June 13th at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Session C (Advanced Student): Tuesday, June 20th at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Student Testimonials:
"Love the faculty! Receiving comments by faculty was scary at first, but really beneficial. I like receiving two rounds of comments (in room/video)."
- Kourtney Wong

"Excellent program. So glad that I came out for this. As an outer island attorney, I relish the opportunity to learn from peers in Honolulu and practice my craft. The advice I received from all faculty was full of information/advice, conveyed in an
honest yet extremely supportive way."
- Trial Academy Alum 2018

"One-on-one interaction and personalized critiques. Each teacher provided something new and helpful for me to carry throughout these early years of developing my career. Teachers listened, were relatable, and presented critiques."
- Alisa Auzenne

"Useful program no matter what your level of experience is. Great networking opportunity. Members of the judiciary are part of the faculty and gave us a different perspective based on what they expect from the attorneys during trial."
- Carol Tribbey

"Fabulous faculty! And in addition to being fabulous, they were all helpful and personable beyond the parameters of instruction. Pace and schedule were very well managed. Demonstrations were excellent. Packet of information and
“problem” was well crafted."
- Scott S. Schmidtke

"Very valuable. Lots of individual participation. Great training. 5 stars on the quality of the instructors/comments. 5 stars on the quality of the materials. 5 stars on the structure/schedule/logistics. 5 stars on the quality of the exercises."
- Sam Shnider

Faculty Testimonials: 
"The format of the program was excellent! Although there was a lot of necessary preparation up front, going through the exercise of creating all parts of the case and presenting what we prepared was worth it. It was helpful to watch the other members in our group conduct their presentation. To me, the most valuable thing was the comments we received from the instructors. The instructors’ presentations gave me ideas of different things I wanted to try/incorporate into my own presentation and practice. You can tell that the faculty put time and effort to make this program and I appreciated the opportunity to be a part of it."
- Art Roeca (Faculty)

Trial Academy Deans:
David M. Hayakawa
Stephanie E.W. Thompson
Jonathan C. Bolton

Senior Faculty:

Susan L. Arnett
Michelle K. Correia
Peter S. Knapman
Brian W. Tilker

How to Register:

HSBA MembersSign In to the right to register online with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. 

•    Username is JD# (without any zeros in front) and Last Name. Username is not case sensitive.
      Example: 1111Smith
•    Password is first three letters of last name (only first letter is uppercase) and last four digits of SSN. Password is case sensitive.
      Example: Smi4321

HSBA members paying by check or prefer to use the form
Please download this form and submit to the HSBA to register.  Form of payment must be received with registration to process. 

ADA Accommodation:  If you would like to request an accommodation, please contact us at [email protected] or call 537-1868 and ask for the HSBA CLE Department at least 2 business days before the seminar.

Notice of Videotaping: 
With the permission of guest speakers, the HSBA selectively webcasts and videotapes CLE seminars for attorneys not physically present in the seminar room. As an in-person attendee your voice and likeness may be included in the webcast or videotape. By attending the seminar you are authorizing the HSBA to include name, voice and likeness to the extent included in the webcast or video recording. Video recordings may be made available or purchase and viewing on the HSBA website. 

Please contact HSBA CLE Department at 537-1868 or [email protected]
6/23/2023 - 6/24/2023

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