Trial Bootcamp Series: Dynamic Closing Arguments


SFTLA Trial Boot Camp Series

SFTLA has an exclusive opportunity to help you improve your trial skills in a three-part, hands-on series. Learn from the masters and then immediately practice your skills in front of mock jurors.  Receive valuable feedback from experienced faculty members and mock jurors. This program is limited to 15 participants to ensure everyone has enough time to get on their feet and practice the skills.


Program 1:  Effective Voir Dire

A presentation on how to use your limited time in voir dire to get jurors talking to elicit biases and lay a foundation for cause challenges as well as tips for rehabbing your good jurors. In small breakout groups, get on your feet to practice voir dire with mock jurors and receive feedback from faculty and mock jurors.

Speakers: Miles Cooper, Craig Peters, Shaana Rahman 

May 23, 12-5pm, - Registration at 11:30am


Program 2: Winning Openings

A presentation on framing the issues in the light most favorable to your case and crafting a compelling story. Everyone gets on their feet to deliver part of an opening statement.

Speakers: Boone Callaway, John Feder, Micha Star Liberty 

June 6, 11am-3pm - Registration at 10:30am


Program 3: Dynamic Closing Arguments

A presentation on how to organize and present compelling and persuasive closing arguments with an opportunity to practice delivering part of a closing statement.

Speakers: Karine Bohbot, Tom Paoli, Richard Schoenberger

September 19, 11am-3pm, - Registration at 10:30am



Chair: Carol Bauss is a Senior Litigation Consultant at NJP Litigation Consulting/West since 1992, working on cases around the country ranging from personal injury, employment discrimination, and civil rights, to white collar criminal and commercial cases.  Her deep knowledge of juror attitudes and jury decision-making is drawn from her years of experience conducting focus groups, mock trials and post-verdict juror interviews.  She draws on her expertise in juror attitudes to help legal teams find the human story and universal themes within complex legal disputes. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Trial Consultants.

Boone Callaway is on the SFTLA board of directors, and is a co-chair of the Education committee. Boone has been a partner at Callaway & Wolf since 1995, where he handles plaintiff ’s tort cases, including personal injury and medical malpractice. Boone is an AV-rated lawyer who has tried and arbitrated numerous cases to verdict during his 28 years in practice.

John Feder is a partner with Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn in San Francisco.  He specializes in personal injury and wrongful death cases; including automobiles, motorcycle, and trucking accidents, premises liability, construction site accidents and products liability, medical negligence, and elder abuse.  John was a finalist for the CAOC Trial Lawyer of The Year Award in 2006 and finalist for the SFTLA Trial Lawyer of Year in 2007. 

Chuck Geerhart is a founding partner of Paoli & Geerhart and was admitted to the California bar in 1989, and is a graduate of Cornell University and the UCLA Law School. Chuck has tried 20 cases to jury verdict. He has also sat as a juror in three cases in San Francisco County. In addition to his active practice representing injured people, Chuck regularly sits as a Judge pro tem of the San Francisco Superior Court and is a court appointed arbitrator and settlement mediator. Chuck also conducts private mediations and arbitrations. From 2004 through 2012, Chuck was a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and remains an advisor to the board. 

Micha Star Liberty is the owner of the Liberty Law, with a diverse legal practice representing plaintiffs in cases involving unlawful business and employment practices, personal injury and mass tort, defective products, civil rights, discrimination, antitrust violations and consumer protection. Ms. Liberty’s clients include individuals, classes and/or groups of individuals, and small businesses across the nation. 

Miles Cooper, a partner at Emison Hullverson LLP, represents people with serious injury and death claims. As a cyclist and cycling advocate, bicycling incidents are his passion. In addition to preparing his own cases, he associates as trial counsel and consults on trial matters. He has served as lead counsel, co-counsel, second seat and schlepper over his career and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. His column, Back Story, appears monthly in Plaintiff magazine. Outside his cases, Cooper’s interests include trial presentation technologies and car-free city living. 

Craig Peters is a trial attorney at The Veen Firm in San Francisco.  Prior to representing plaintiffs, Craig worked for 13 years as a public defender.  During that time he helped train new attorneys and worked with experienced attorneys on developing themes, theories and discovery plans for their cases.  Now litigating complex cases involving wrongful death as well as those with catastrophic life- or career-changing injuries, Craig’s team handles a wide range of cases.  Craig has also been asked to associate in to try a wide range of cases outside of the personal injury area.  A member of ABOTA, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and American College of Trial Lawyers, Craig has been a finalist for CAOC Consumer Attorney of the Year and three times for SFTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year. Craig has taught law school courses in Evidence, Trial Practice, Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. 

Shaana Rahman is the principal and founder of Rahman Law PC. Ms. Rahman is an accomplished and experienced civil trial attorney. She handles personal injury cases in which someone has been hurt or killed in a collision or other accident. Ms. Rahman also represents plaintiffs in legal malpractice litigation. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for Northern California, the Top 40 Under 40 attorneys, a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, and was honored as a Preeminent Woman Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell. 

Karine Bohbot is a partner in the law firm of Bohbot & Riles, located in Oakland. Ms. Bohbot has been practicing law for 18 years, focusing her expertise on employment and personal injury litigation. Karine is on the Executive Board of SFTLA and SPHR certified. She was selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer since 2013, and was the recipient of the 2015 SFTLA Civil Justice Award. 

Tom Paoli is a partner with Paoli & Geerhart, LLP in San Francisco. Tom is a civil trial lawyer representing injured plaintiffs only since 1986 when he went to work representing workers suffering from asbestos injuries. Since then, Tom has tried several dozen jury trials, and has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for his clients. Tom’s thorough knowledge of pre-trial and trial procedures and protocol enable him to handle a wide variety of serious personal injury cases with a creative innovative approach. In 2013 Tom and his law partner Chuck Geerhart were finalists for SFTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year. In 2016 Tom received the SFTLA Civil Justice Award.

Richard Schoenberger was selected as the 2016 Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs in the San Francisco area. In 2011, he was selected as the Trial Lawyer of the Year by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. It was his second nomination for this prestigious award. For the past six years, Rich has been recognized as one of the “Top 100” lawyers in Northern California, as evaluated by Super Lawyers. Rich is an invited member of the The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, The American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.



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Cancellation Policy

SFTLA does not provide refunds for cancellations, however, substitutes may attend in place for a registrant.