The ABA's Section of Litigation is out with the "Report of the Task Force on Training the Trial Lawyer." (Follow the link to the PDF version of the report).
In the introduction, Scott Atlas observes: "As I talk to Litigation Section members around the country, especially young ones, I hear a common complaint: It is becoming increasingly difficult to take cases to trial." The Atlas introduction discusses some reasons for this, then raises the question, "What is a young litigator to do?"
The report that follows the introduction, which is primarily addressed to large defense firms, recognizes that good-old-fashioned trials remain the best way to train the trial lawyer. Still, in these days of last-minute settlements, there are other methods of training: trial advocacy programs (both professional and in-house), bar association seminars, and mentoring. The report discusses these alternative training methods and contains survey responses from a number of firms.