Petefish Partner Thomas Johnson Completes Federal Defender’s Office Trial Skills Academy in San Diego

Thomas Johnson was one of only 66 attorneys accepted to participate in the Federal Defender’s Office Trial Skills Academy at California Western School of law in San Diego.

The skills-based Academy took place in April 2016, and has been a tremendous success for attorneys who focus a large part of their practice on defending individuals accused of crimes in federal courts. The Academy focused on (1) the use of a trial advocacy process to facilitate development of a persuasive, fact-based theory and supporting themes, and (2) the advocacy skills necessary to persuasively advance that theory and those themes throughout the trial.  The Academy was led by a very experienced and skilled faculty through a series of plenary sessions and workshops. Participants then had the opportunity to engage in the hands-on practice of those skills and receive feedback in small group workshops.