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Bench & Bar® Conference

Federal Circuit Bar Association will be hosting its annual Bench & Bar Conference in Coronado, California this year. It will be held at the Hotel del Coronado starting on Wednesday, June 20th and ending on Saturday afternoon, June 23rd.  The conference will kick-off with a Mock Argument.  Details below.  Preview our draft agenda.

June 20, 2018 The Bench and Bar, Hotel del Coronado

1:00 to 3:30 PM The Mock Argument Series: Persuasive Advocacy for the Next Generation

Preparation, hard work, and the ability to learn individually are hallmarks of successful law students and associates. They alone, however, are not enough to become highly successful in the courtroom. We are pleased to introduce our first mock argument series, which is designed to provide opportunities for next generation lawyers and encourage mentorship by the Bench and more senior members of the Bar. This program is designed for two types of next generation lawyers: (1) private sector and corporate counsel whose next step is to move into “first chair” responsibility roles (“rising first chair leaders”); and (2) private sector and corporate counsel who are beginning to take on active court argument roles (“rising advocates”). The mock argument program provides an opportunity for up to 20 rising first chair leaders and rising advocates to present oral argument to judges and experienced bar leaders. The selected leaders or advocates will prepare argument on a common set of materials that will be distributed in advance of the mock argument. Afterwards, the adjudicators will offer insights, constructive feedback, and guidance on effective advocacy techniques.

In 2018, the Mock Argument will be a satellite proceeding that takes place at the beginning of the Bench and Bar. Confirmed Leaders Circle sponsors will be invited to nominate one individual for participation, and nominations will be processed on a first-in-time basis until 18 seats are filled. Hotel room costs, Mock Argument expenses, and meals will be addressed through an add-on Leaders Circle component for the nominee. The remaining 2 seats will be held as available for interested individuals. 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Welcome Networking Reception

For details about the panels and speakers throughout the Conference, preview our draft agenda.

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