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After a successful term at Yale Law School (where she served on the Yale Law Journal, the Yale Journal of Law and Policy, and the Yale Journal of International Law), Niki Kuckes won a coveted clerkship with Judge (now Justice) Antonin Scalia. She moved on to develop a sophisticated litigation...



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Video Highlights Litigation Academy

Posted by Niki Kuckes on 09/20/2016 at 03:40 PM

A video just released by the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island highlights the role of the Roger Williams University School of Law as a founding partner in an innovative new program known as the Litigation Academy.  



The Litigation Academy provides high quality, affordable trial skills training to new law graduates and others.  Training sessions actually take place inside the federal courthouse, with constructive feedback by federal and state judges, experienced trial lawyers, and law school professors.  Witnesses are played by professional actors from the Trinity Rep and Gamm Theater.  As you can see from the video, the close collaboration between experienced lawyers and those seeking training is richly rewarding for everyone involved, and the participants have uniformly raved about the experience.   

This video also highlights the uniquely close connections between RWU Law and the Rhode Island legal community.  The film opens with words from law school Professor Niki Kuckes and Brooks Magratten, Esq., an experienced Rhode Island trial lawyer and law school adjunct professor, who serve as the program co-directors.  It features an interview with Chief Judge William E. Smith, who not only heads our federal court but also chairs the law school’s Board of Directors and teaches at the law school.  Alumni from Roger Williams law school are also highlighted in interviews in the film, including Nicole Benjamin ’06 and Mason Waring ’07.    

The Litigation Academy’s newest offering is coming up on October 27 to 29, and features hands-on training in Deposition Skills.  The program offers 14 CLE credits (including 1 ethics CLE credit) and costs $400 for the multi-day program.  Some partial scholarships are available from the Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, another founding partner in the program. 

Seats are still available. Register here or find further information can be found on the federal court’s website