Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys

**Special Announcement Regarding Short Courses**

Plans for the Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys are currently on hold. We appreciate your patience as we develop sessions in forensics, trial techniques, and other exciting topics for today's prosecutors.

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The following information is from the 2008 program...

63rd Annual Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys

July 21-24, 2008 • Chicago

Special Program Note: Keynote Address by Richard A. Devine

The 2008 Short Courses are proud to welcome Cook County State's Attorney Richard A. Devine. Having served 11 years as head of the second largest prosecutor's office in the nation, Mr. Devine offers a unique perspective on issues confronting today's criminal attorneys. Join us as he shares his expertise during Tuesday afternoon's keynote address.


Overview
The Short Course helps prosecutors:

  • Learn the latest advances in forensic science
  • Study recent developments in the law
  • Sharpen their trial techniques

The program is appropriate for prosecutors who are in the beginning of their practice and for seasoned practitioners looking to update their practice.

Forensic Science for Attorneys
Today's trial lawyer needs a solid understanding of forensic evidence and its impact on criminal investigations. Experts will break down the science for a legal perspective. Topics for 2008 include:

  • Forensic Pathology
  • DNA Analysis
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Computer Forensics and the Use of Digital Evidence
  • Firearm and Pattern Evidence

Trial Techniques
Be more effective in the courtroom! You will spend a day learning trial techniques from experienced prosecutors. Praised by attendees each year, this interactive session will give you tips on preparation for trial, jury selection, opening statements, presenting the prosecution's case, meeting the defense case and closing arguments.

Video Samples
For a glimpse at two past presentations, check out the demo courses at our CLE Online site.

Comments from 2008:
"It was great to get perspectives from attorneys on the other side"
"It's so nice to have a course that combines both technical courses with experts and trial advocacy"
"This is far and away the best CLE programs I've attended. The quality of speakers, topics and collateral materials is superior. I look forward to coming back again!"

History of the Short Courses
The Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys was established in 1936 by the late Fred E. Inbau, John Henry Wigmore Professor of Law Emeritus at Northwestern Law. Professor Inbau wanted to give members of the prosecution bar the opportunity to learn about scientific crime detection, evidentiary and trial techniques and to permit an exchange of ideas. In 1958 Professor Inbau founded the annual Short Course for Defense Lawyers in Criminal Cases to provide the defense bar with the same opportunities for advanced education and professional interaction that was available to prosecutors. Now the oldest continuing legal education program in the country, the program has been held annually except for a hiatus during the World War II years.