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Trial Advocacy Program

June 2, 2024 - June 7, 2024

The Trial Advocacy Program is an intensive five-day program offered for Commonwealth’s Attorneys and their Assistants at all levels of experience, offering approximately 25 CLE hours. Attendees spend approximately 8 hours at lectures and demonstrations given by prosecutors and physicians covering medical, legal and tactical aspects of the prosecution of child abusers, focusing on abusive head trauma cases. The remaining time is spent in small workshop groups discussing and practicing case analysis, trial strategy, opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination and closing argument in the context of a hypothetical abusive head trauma case. Attendees will be assigned to workshop groups. Wednesday afternoon is free time.  Attendance is limited to 40 students. Lodging is provided and all meals are provided or reimbursed at the state per diem rate. Travel to and from the training is not covered.

ACCEPTANCE IS BY APPLICATION ONLY. Upon completion of the online registration a link to download an application will be emailed to you to be completed and returned to CASC by March 29, 2024.  Attendance at all sessions of the program is mandatory.

For more information, contact Jill Harris at

Registration will open in January 2024.



June 2, 2024
June 7, 2024
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Williamsburg, VA


Jill Harris