The Litigation Academy is a partnership between the United States District Court for the
Western District of Washington (WDWA) and the Federal Bar Association for the WDWA. The
Academy will offer a one‐day course for attorneys looking to improve their trial skills and gain
experience in federal court.
Participants will prepare and present opening statements to federal judges in a live courtroom
setting and receive instruction and feedback from members of the bench and bar. Jeffery
Robinson, currently the ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Trone Center for Justice
and Equality and a former defense attorney from this district, is our keynote speaker.
Due to space and resource limitations, enrollment in the Academy will not exceed 25
participants. Care will be taken to admit participants from diverse backgrounds across a range
of practice areas, sections of the law, and years of experience.
The 2020 Litigation Academy will take place in the U.S. District Courthouse in Seattle at 700
Stewart Street on February 25, 2020. Note that advance preparation will be required, and
materials are expected to be available at least two weeks prior to the Academy date. Cost for
the program, including materials, is $250; scholarships based on financial need are available.
How to Apply: Applicants should submit the attached application, along with a one‐page cover
letter explaining why you are interested in the Litigation Academy, and what you hope to gain
from the experience. To the extent you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please
also explain the basis for your request. Any requests for scholarships are confidential.
Application materials should be submitted no later than December 9, 2019 to:
WDWALitigationAcademyFellow@gmail.com. Applicants will be screened by members of the
Litigation Academy Committee and successful applicants will be notified by no later than
December 20, 2019.