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Trial reconstruction great experience for young lawyers: Will

A reconstructed jury trial will give young lawyers a rare insight into how to run a civil case in court, Toronto personal injury lawyer Gary Will tells AdvocateDaily.com.

Will, managing partner with Will Davidson LLP, is part of the team hosting a free, continuing professional development session on Sept. 27 entitled “Anatomy of a Personal Injury Trial: from Jury Selection to Jury Verdict.” The seminar will see the firm’s lawyers recreating an actual proceeding that took place 11 years ago in Lindsay, Ont. for one of their clients.  

“Trials are very hard to come by in the personal injury world, so I think this will be a good learning experience for our audience members, many of whom may have never done one,” Will says. “This gives them an opportunity to see how they work first-hand.”

Although the simulation will take place outside a courtroom, at the Ontario Bar Association’s offices at 20 Toronto St. in Toronto, Will says every effort is being made to keep the environment as realistic as possible.

The room will be arranged to resemble a courtroom, with space for the judge, jury and a witness box, with jury members being picked from the audience.

He says the trial, which concerned a motor vehicle accident, will be abbreviated in order to fit into the day-long conference schedule, but it will include jury selection, opening statements, the judge’s charge, and the verdict.

In between, a number of key witnesses will take the stand for examinations in chief and cross-examination, including the plaintiff and members of his family, as played by staff from Will Davidson LLP.

Will and the rest of the organizers have even convinced a number of the original expert witnesses who testified at the real trial to reappear for the simulation, including an occupational therapist, an economist and an orthopedic doctor.

“It’s a very interesting case, with some important issues that we thought would be good for demonstration purposes," he says.

“I think it will be a great learning experience for conference attendees,” says Will, who notes that 150 people have already signed up to attend.

The seminar qualifies for 6.75 CPD hours — 2.0 professionalism and 4.75 substantive.

For more information and to register, click here or contact Michelle Bell by emailing mbell@willdavidson.ca or call 416-643-3847.

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