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CWSL’s Litigation Skills Academy Completes Successful Course in Chile

Litigation Skills Academy

California Western’s Latin American Institute of Law and Justice program ACCESO Capacitación recently completed a successful Litigation Skills Academy in Chile attended by judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Panama.

Hosted by the Law Faculty of the Universidad de los Andes in the Southern Cone, Chile, this workshop was attended by 40 participants.

Course Coordinator Marco Macklis explains that one of the proficiencies participants gain in the Advanced Trial Skills is how to examine difficult witnesses. “During the workshops, all lawyers are rigorously evaluated by the instructors and receive constructive criticism to improve their oral litigation skills.”

The course, taught entirely in Spanish, teaches attendees to manage all types of witnesses, including police, enforcement agents, experts, and fragile individuals. It gives them the tools to question those witnesses with confidence.

California Western Professors Audrey McGinn and Pedro Bernal, who are experts in the field, traveled to Santiago de Chile to teach the course. A significant advantage of the course is that participants have the opportunity to hone their cross-examination skills in practical case scenarios.

“Unlike other programs where these skills are usually taught through readings, in the Litigation Skills Academy, our participants learn through practice,” says Justin Brooks, Director of the Latin American Institute of Law and Justice.

These courses are in great demand as Latin America transitions into a new oral adversarial system. The next oral litigation skills course will be held at California Western in San Diego Feb. 15-19, 2019.

For more information on the next course and to reserve a place visit

ACCESO Capacitación is one of four programs offered by California Western’s Latin American Institute of Law and Justice. The other three programs are Maestría en Derecho, the Mexican Moot Court Program, and REDlnocente.