CORT Basic Lawyer Skills Training 2022


The Committee on Regional Training (CORT) is sponsoring an IN-PERSON Basic Lawyer Skills Training (BLST) for new legal services attorneys. BLST is the first in CORT's curriculum of skills trainings for legal services attorneys. This training is aimed at those with less than 18 months experience and its focus is the practical day-to-day skills of lawyering in the context of legal services work. Law graduates are welcome to attend.

A case problem will be used to teach basic elements of interviewing, motion practice, discovery, negotiations and trial preparation. The training involves a combination of large group lectures, small group meetings and individual exercises. Attendees will also be required to prepare for exercises on their own time in the evenings during the training.

Crowne Plaza Columbus North-Worthington
6500 Doubletree Avenue
Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, November 16th (beginning at 10 a.m.) to
Friday, November 18th (ending by 3:00 p.m.).
A detailed agenda with all session times will be shared when attendees are confirmed.

Registrants are required to attend all dates and sessions of this training. There are small group exercises, throughout the training, that rely on preassigned pairings and teams to be executed correctly. Registrants who miss sessions will detract from the experience of other participants. If you have calendar conflicts on the training dates, please work with your supervisor to find a colleague to cover your work obligations (court hearings, meetings, etc.).

The health and safety of those who attend this event is our main priority. Relying on an honor system, all participants should have a negative COVID test prior to arrival. Masking is strongly encouraged. Please take any steps you deem necessary to protect your health and those around you, and be comfortable in our training environment.

Please note that the above represents CORT’s anticipated COVID protocol for this training based on existing CDC guidance. In the interest of protecting the health of participants, if the CDC changes its recommendations in effect prior to the training date due to a dramatic change in circumstances related to COVID, CORT will follow CDC guidance. CORT will provide an updated notice to participants in the unlikely event that any changes are necessary.

CORT will apply Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana CLE credits for this training. In states that require New Lawyer Training CLE hours, CORT will apply for that type of CLE credit for this training.

As a CORT-sponsored event, there is no registration fee for CORT member programs from Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Indiana.

CORT will bill programs for the cost of rooms and meals after the training. The daily cost of sleeping rooms are $99/night, single/double (plus taxes and fees). If participants share rooms, CORT will divide the cost of the room by the number of occupants and bill programs accordingly.

Lunch will be provided for participants each day at a cost of approximately $30 per day (plus taxes and fees) which will be billed to the participants' program along with the hotel rooms, regardless of whether or not the participant joins the group for lunch. Dinner is the responsibility of the participants. A continental breakfast each day and snacks throughout the training will be provided as hospitality of CORT.

Please register no later than October 28, 2022.
There are a limited number of attendee seats for this training. Registering does not mean acceptance into the training. After registration closes, CORT will work with each state/program to select participants to attend the training.

Once admitted into the training, you will receive a confirmation email with more details about hotel accommodations.

The deadline for cancellation is November 7, 2022. Registrants canceling after this date will be billed for any unavoidable costs incurred as a result of the late cancellation.

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