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.