A 2016 National Trial Academy focusing on catastrophic personal injury cases will be hosted at The National Judicial College on April 16-20.

The trial academy is sponsored by the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Named the Country’s top “Boot Camp for Lawyers” in the ABA journal, the trial academy offers a unique, interactive, diverse program combining today’s latest technology. The country’s top trial attorneys serve as personal mentors to attorneys who are new to the profession.

“With our colleagues at the American Board of Trial Advocates, the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) proudly considers the National Trial Academy as one of our most valued programs,” said TIPS Section Chair G. Glennon Troublefield. “Now in its 16th year, the Academy continues its reputation for excellence by offering a unique trial advocacy program with the nation’s premier trial lawyers as mentors. The Academy’s unique teaching methods and approaches are simply not found anywhere else. It is truly one of a kind.”

The Trial Academy faculty consists of seasoned experts including defense and plaintiff lawyers, district judges, Supreme Court justices, jury consultants, professors and technical engineers. Many local judges, such as Washoe County Second Judicial District Court Judge Janet Berry, also serve as faculty for the academy. Judge Berry also served as Chair of the NJC Board of Trustees in 2001-2002.

The Trial Academy also will include a mock-trial that will use about 20 University of Nevada, Reno students from disciplines such as medicine, engineering and physics, to serve as expert witnesses.

“The National Judicial College is a proud host of this event and pleased to partner with this important organization,” said NJC President Chad Schmucker. “Judges from around the nation visit The NJC to be educated in all aspects of the trial practice and we are pleased that attorneys will work to sharpen their skills here as well.”

The NJC is housed on the historic 255-acre campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. For more than 50 years, the NJC has been offering courses to improve judicial productivity, challenge current perceptions of justice and inspire judges to achieve judicial excellence. The NJC is a not-for-profit educational entity affiliated with the American Bar Association, governed by a Board of Trustees.