CLE and the Preakness: Essentials of Trial Practice

MCLE Credits: 1.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Live on Site: Saturday, May 19 / Courtyard by Marriott Tysons Corner and Pimlico Race Course

Registration: 7:45 a.m.
CLE Program: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Depart for Pimlico: 9:15 a.m. sharp
MCLE Credit: 1.0 (Ethics: 0.0), PLUS attendees will receive 11 Bundle Credits good for one year to purchase the Virginia CLE® webcasts and online seminars of their choosing for a total of 12.0 credit hours.
Live-Interactive Credit: 1.0Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol


This Experience CLE Includes:

  • A year’s worth of CLE!
  • A day of world-class Triple Crown horse racing enjoyed from Pimlico’s exclusive Turfside Terrace, with magnificent views of the home stretch and finish line from your table
  • The Turfside Terrace all-inclusive premium seating area includes a gourmet luncheon buffet, beer and fine wines, plus access to private comfort stations and mutuel windows
  • An infield pass for national headline entertainment
  • Private, round-trip coach from Tysons to Pimlico (or your own transportation)
  • Before you head to the races, spend an hour polishing your courtroom skills
  • Guests tickets available



Preakness 143Enjoy a spectacular day at the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes from the premier, all-inclusive Turfside Terrace … along with our one-hour live-on-site Essentials of Trial Practice CLE seminar suitable for all levels of experience. Plus, participants will receive 11 Bundle Credits, a form of currency that may be used to purchase the Virginia CLE® webcasts and online seminars of your choosing to make a FULL YEAR OF CLE. Guest tickets available.

Imagine reaching out and almost touching the horses as they fly by! Treat yourself to magnificent views of the race course’s home stretch and finish line from your table. This all-inclusive premium seating area includes a gourmet luncheon buffet, beer and fine wines, Preakness souvenir program, national headline entertainment, and mutuel windows and executive restrooms reserved for Turfside guests – plus, two large, state-of-the-art Jumboscreens that allow fans to follow the continuous racing action throughout the day.

But first, Virginia CLE® Essentials programming is designed to get straight to the heart of what you need to know to succeed. The one-hour Essentials of Trial Practice held prior to leaving for Pimlico will transform the way you present yourself in the courtroom and eliminate the clutter that can distract the trial lawyer. It will deliver battle-tested skills to help you gain the comfort, the confidence, and an unshakeable calm to up your game in the courtroom. This program is short, but targeted, and will provide a series of rapid-fire tools and techniques to help with:

  • Direct, cross, and re-direct/re-cross examinations
  • Voir dire
  • Evidentiary foundations
  • Impeachment
  • Fact analysis
  • Strategic use of “headlines”
  • Dealing with expert witnesses
  • Objecting without sounding objectionable
  • Cross without sounding cross
  • How and when to address the Court
  • Opening statement and summation

Knowledge is power only if the person knows what facts not to bother with –Robert Staughton Lynd.

This seminar is nondiscountable.




7:45 a.m. Registration at Courtyard by Marriott Tysons Corner
8:00-9:00 a.m. Essentials of Trial Practice
9:15 a.m. SHARP Coach departs for Pimlico Race Course
early evening Coach returns to Courtyard by Marriott Tysons Corner



Ray White / Charlottesville

Ray White began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Albany, NY, where he conducted numerous jury trials as a member of the Major Offense Prosecution Bureau and The Felony Trial Bureau. His practice career has also included FELA litigation, family law litigation, criminal defense, and appellate practice. Mr. White served as faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), teaching basic trial skills to attorneys at several hands-on training programs throughout the nation. He was also CLE faculty for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division’s Office of Attorneys for Children, the New York Public Welfare Attorneys Association, and the New York State Basic Prosecutors Training Program. Mr. White is a graduate of Duke University and Albany Law School of Union University, and is currently the Executive Director for the Virginia Law Foundation and Virginia CLE® .

Locations, Dates and Fees


$695 regular registration (includes 12 hours of CLE (the one-hour live-on-site seminar and 11 Bundle Credits*), printed materials, private round-trip coach from the Courtyard by Marriott to Pimlico Racetrack, Preakness admission and premium Turfside Terrace seating with gourmet luncheon buffet with beer and wine, and an in-field pass for national headline entertainment).

Guest option: $1,195 for one regular registration, plus guest not attending the seminar.

This seminar is nondiscountable.

Cancellations made after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11, will incur a 50% cancellation fee. If we find a replacement purchaser, we will refund you the cancellation fee. There will be no refund for cancellation requests made after 5:00 p.m. the DAY BEFORE the program. Those who cancel will not receive the Bundle credits.

*Bundle credits are a form of currency used to purchase the Virginia CLE® webcasts and online seminars of your choosing. Your 11 Bundle Credits will be deposited into your customer account on May 21, 2018 and will be good for one year. If you do not have a customer account, you may create one here or call 800-979-8253 for assistance.


Courtyard by Marriott Tysons Corner / Saturday, May 19
(Venue Website / Google Map)
1960-A Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102

Participants will be transported by private coach, or can provide their own transportation to:
Pimlico Race Course
(Venue Website / Google Map)
5201 Park Heights Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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