On the Road in Missoula
The trial school ran a week, May 21-25. Besides lectures, the course features demonstrations of jury selection, opening statement, direct examination, cross and closing argument by Montana’s finest trial lawyers. Faculty demonstrators included Mike Cok, Randy Cox, Natasha Prinzing-Jones, Steve Harman, Randi Hood, Sean Coicoechea and Gary Zadick. Judges Ted Lympus and Douglas Harkin presided over the demonstrations. For example, there was a demonstration of direct and cross of a firearms/gun expert.
Judge Dana Christensen lectured on ethics, focusing on counsel’s obligation to divulge conflicting authority to the court. Justice Jim Nelson (pictured here) delivered the reception remarks on “Winning the Battle and Losing the War.”
Faculty member Mike Cok concluded the course with what has become known as the “Mike Cok rant,” which urged the attendees to maintain the integrity of our justice system.