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CVK Attorneys Participate in Trial Experience Project

In September 2008, CVK attorney Aukjen Ingraham was selected to participate in the American College of Trial Lawyers Jury Trial Experience Project. CVK senior partner Walter Sweek, an active member of the project’s planning committee, said the program is designed to help civil lawyers gain trial experience in front of juries. “In this day and age, there are litigation attorneys that have been practicing for seven or eight years and never stood up in front of a jury,” Sweek explained. “We want to change that.”

Ingraham worked for one month in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office as a special prosecutor, handling misdemeanor cases on behalf of the state of Oregon on a pro bono basis. One of the highlights of the program was Ingraham’s first jury trial, which she successfully tried to verdict. “Not only did I get to try some cases and meet most of the judges,” Ingraham said about the experience, “I also gained new respect for the hard work that the DA’s office puts into every case. Multnomah County is fortunate to have such a talented group of attorneys and staff.”

Currently, CVK attorney Glenn Robles is participating in the program and CVK anticipates more of its attorneys will follow suit.