Press Release

The Rothauge & Kaner Women's Trial Academy Graduates its 2016 Class

October 10, 2016

Ten young trial lawyers graduated from the award winning Rothauge & Kaner Women’s Trial Academy, sponsored by Oregon Women Lawyers and Markowitz Herbold, Saturday, October 8, 2016. 

The Women's Trial Academy (WTA) was founded in 2014 by Renée Rothauge and Lisa Kaner, shareholders at boutique commercial litigation firm Markowitz Herbold. The two-day intensive program is designed for young women litigators with three to six years of experience. The program addresses some of the unique challenges faced by women trial lawyers in the courtroom, and teaches them to turn perceived disadvantages into strengths and winning strategies. Participants receive individualized attention in a small group setting that is collegial and encouraging.

The students take part in mock direct and cross examinations, opening statements, closing arguments and voir dire. Guest coaches for the program include some of the top trial attorneys in Oregon, as well as state and federal judges. In 2015, the WTA received the Outstanding Member Program Award by the The National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA).

2016 graduates include: Aurelia Erickson, McGaughey Erickson; Rachel Bertoni, Oregon Department of Justice; Jessica Spooner, Oregon Department of Justice; Adele Ridenour, Ball Janik; Jennifer Gould, Garvey Schubert Barer; Trish Walsh, Farleigh Wada Witt; Jacqueline Swanson, Crew Janci; Alice Newlin, Lindsay Hart; Jovanna Patrick, Hollander, Lebenbaum & Gannicott; Elizabeth Oshel, Legal Aid Services of Oregon.